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Arsène Wenger frustrated as Arsenal fail to break down Chelsea

Arsenal manager still waits for a first success against José Mourinho after his team’s attack is blunted by Chelsea’s defence

This game had staggered into its final quarter-hour when Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla sensed his chance. Chelsea had been dragged out of position, distracted by Laurent Koscielny’s dart down the flank with the centre-half turned impromptu winger finding his team-mate on the edge of the area. Suddenly there was space for the Spaniard to exploit, rare time to measure a shot at goal. And yet the effort was wild, dragged horribly and wastefully beyond the far post.

It summed up the entire occasion. Cazorla hung his head as Arsenal’s chuntering support emitted a collective groan. José Mourinho’s side have the knack of draining composure from opponents and from Arsène Wenger’s teams more often than most. Aside from a pair of air-kicks by Mesut Özil and Danny Welbeck in stoppage time, that Cazorla opportunity was as close as Arsenal came to puncturing the resolve of the champions-in-waiting. A goalless draw extended Wenger’s winless run against Mourinho to 13 games and, with it, the persisting doubts over this Arsenal team’s ability to reclaim the title for the first time since 2004 when the Invincibles held sway.

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