In the absence of Jose Mourinho, still, frustration was written boldly on Arsene Wenger’s face.
He failed again to beat the Blues at the Emirate on Sunday, making the gunners’ dream of becoming the next EPL champion a mirage.
Guus Hiddink showed no drama but Per Mertesacker saw red as Arsenal again missed the chance to go top of the Premier League.
Sunday’s clash showed it was not Mourinho’s tactics anyway but that Wenger is yet to find a way to beat Chelsea and each time he tries to do it, he loses a player.
Arsenal played 10 men against the blues as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat to the old rival through a Brazilian Spanish forward Diego Costa.
Arsenal remain in third place – three points behind leaders Leicester but the same point with another title contender Manchester City.
Unarguably, this is the best time for Arsenal to win the title but it seems that the club lacks the winning mentality with their current performance.
The gunners are opening up for Leicester to clinch the title and who says it’s not possible.
Manchester City have not been impressive lately while Manchester United are battling hard to make the first four.
To Wenger, the red card destroys his game plan, adding that the Arsenal attackers were good before the red came in the 17 minutes. “I can’t influence the decision of the referee. I thought it was harsh and we had to cope with it.
“I don’t know what to say.
It is a few games now that has happened. All we can do is keep our focus and fight.
“That is the game of the striker. Diego Costa is good at that.
“The referee was very quick to take the red card out. We coped with the decision well and should have had a draw at least.
“We had the chances to get a draw. Mentally we were focused. Sometimes when you lose you can still say ‘well done’ to the players.”