Chelsea vs. Arsenal: 5 Things Learned from the London Derby

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Chelsea vs. Arsenal: 5 Things Learned from the London Derby
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Chelsea made the short trip to the North of London Saturday for a noon kickoff against local rival Arsenal, one of the most anticipated games of the season. However, neither side was able to net a goal, and the fans were presented with a disappointing 0-0 draw.

Both sides had their chances, with Arsenal finding the post twice. Ultimately, neither put in the kind of performance you would expect from these two sides. The ability to play convincing football for a string of time was lost through poor decision-making and a seemingly lackadaisical atmosphere on the pitch.

Robin van Persie got the first good chance of many he would have on the day, but he uncharacteristically hit the post from two and a half yards out. Chelsea’s best chance looked to come from Fernando Torres, who was busy in the opening half, but also made nothing out of what he got.

This will not enter any kind of top-10 list of all-time Chelsea-Arsenal matches, but has big implications for both sides. Chelsea dropped crucial points in their dash to try to claim a fourth place finish, and Arsenal have not yet mathematically locked up their third place finish.

Here are five other things we learned from the game.

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