Arsenal vs. Chelsea: Blues Should Feel Content with Draw Against Gunners

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIDecember 23, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23:  Mikel Arteta of Arsenal marshalls Eden Hazard of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Chelsea and Arsenal battled to a 0-0 draw at Emirates Stadium on Dec. 23, which should bring a half-smile to the face of any Blues fan.

Jose Mourinho's club kept the Gunners from pulling away from in the English Premier League table. The Blues also handed Arsenal its first loss at home since the first day of the season.

Arsenal and Chelsea sat as the league's No. 3 and 5 teams, respectively, heading into the fixture and are now No. 2 and 4.

A victory would have certainly been the preferred outcome for the Blues, but they kept their opponent from grabbing the top spot in the league and earned a point for themselves on the day. Chelsea also extended the Gunners' streak of games without a victory to four.

Arsenal has lost to Manchester City in the EPL, Napoli in the Champion's League and tied against Everton and Chelsea as of late.

When asked about the recent drought in the win column after the Chelsea game, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told reporters, via

Look, it doesn't help. But let's be serious. If after the first game against Aston Villa I would have told you that at Christmas we would be top of the league, you would have said you are absolutely mad, so let's not go completely overboard as well.

With the draw between Chelsea and Wenger's crew, the EPL table is still up for grabs, and any of the top teams could jump into the top spot.

"It's wide open. It's exciting. If we can put a good run together of five, 10 games it's then down to anyone to pull away," Chelsea's John Terry told Sky Sports.

Obviously, Terry and Co. would prefer to be on top of the league table at the moment, but they're within striking distance. Chelsea could have made the road to the top much more difficult by dropping its Dec. 23 contest with Arsenal.

In contrast to the Gunners, Chelsea has won four of its past five contests.

"We're quietly happy with where we are at the moment. We are amongst the pack of four or five teams who are looking good at the moment going into Christmas," Terry told Sky Sports.

The Blues get to face No. 11 Swansea City and No. 9 Southampton in two of their next three bouts.

Like Terry noted, Chelsea is in prime position in the league table and was arguably the better team on the pitch on Dec. 23.

Frank Lampard had a stunner of a shot that hit the Arsenal crossbar in the 32nd minute of play. The Chelsea defense got the better of a formidable Gunners attack until the closing moments, and even then goalkeeper Petr Cech came through for the Blues.

It wasn't a pretty performance by Mourinho's team, but there's no reason for the Chelsea faithful to be upset over the recent draw with Arsenal. In fact, the Blues and their fans have every reason to be happy about the result.