Arsenal 0 Chelsea 0: We tried to win, insists Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says the Blues weren't helped by Arsenal's persistent fouls

Jose Mourinho insisted that Chelsea tried to beat Arsenal after a close-fought goalless draw at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal had the better of the possession but the north Londoners struggled to breakdown a rugged Chelsea defence marshalled by captain and man-of-the-match John Terry.

The visitors had a number of penalty shouts turned down by referee Michael Oliver after Oscar collided with David Ospina and Santi Cazorla tangled with Cesc Fabregas.

Mourinho extended his unbeaten run against Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to 13 matches, and the Chelsea boss was pleased with his side’s approach to the game.

Speaking to BBC Sport after a valuable point in the title race, Mourinho said: “We want to win. We tried to win.

“But the game was difficult, against a very good team and it was not possible to win.

“We had a game plan – in the first half we were very dangerous, in spite of Arsenal making lots of fouls to stop counter attacks.”

Chelsea are 10 points clear of second-placed Arsenal at the top of the table ahead of their trip to Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City mid-week.

The Premier League leaders can wrap up the title in the week ahead with victories at Leicester and Crystal Palace.

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