Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea (26.04.2015) Live Commentary

We have seen a few chances and nice movements, but the overall impression of the game is rather common and not hugely entertaining. It was an even match on the whole, with both sides enjoying spells in the ascendancy. The tactic of the home side was slow build-up play. The away team’s main priority was a flawless defence.
The match has just finished.
Michael Oliver pulls out a yellow card to show it to Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) for a tough tackle.
The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea) comes onto the pitch so that Willian (Chelsea) can be given a rest.
Michael Oliver rightly pulls out a yellow card and shows it to Santi Cazorla (Arsenal).
Some patient build-up play from Arsenal as they look to unlock the defence.
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) sees an unmarked teammate and attempts to send a low pass onto him. However, one of the defenders reads the game perfectly and averts the danger.
Fourth official shows 4 min. of added time.
It’s time to substitute. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) can’t go any further and leaves the pitch. Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) is taking his place.
It’s like he was asking for a caution. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) receives a yellow card.
An offensive foul by Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) was seen by Michael Oliver who didn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) is able to continue to play.
It’s time for a substitution. That is the last involvement from Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), and he is replaced by Theo Walcott (Arsenal).
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) picked up an injury.
The referee blows his whistle. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) makes a foul while attacking.
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) leaps up to intercept the corner kick from Mesut Ozil (Arsenal).
Half-chance! Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) plays a pass into the box, but Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) reacts well to thwart the attack. Corner kick. Arsenal will have an opportunity.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) jumps into tackle, but Michael Oliver blows his whistle for a foul.
The current number of offsides is 0:0.
The substitution has been made. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) has replaced Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).
Ambitious effort from Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) as he finds himself in a great position after collecting a precise pass inside the penalty area and goes for goal, but it never troubles the goalkeeper and flies well wide of the right post.
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The corner from Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) is cleared away by the defence.
Didier Drogba (Chelsea) decides to strike the ball towards goal, but his effort fails to threaten the goalkeeper after being blocked by one of the defenders. The ball goes out-of-play. Chelsea are awarded a corner kick.
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) can’t expect anything else than a yellow card for his hard tackle. And a yellow it is. Michael Oliver doesn’t think twice to pull it out of his pocket.
Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) spurned a good chance! He gets a shot away from inside the penalty box, but it goes inches wide of the left post.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) attempts to find one of his teammates with a ball from a free kick outside the box. The goalkeeper climbs high above all the players in the box to intercept the cross and denies the opportunity.
There is a free kick near the sideline to Arsenal.
A yellow card for a tackle by Willian (Chelsea). Michael Oliver doesn’t hesitate at all to make this decision.
The defence clears the ball to safety after a dangerous cross from the corner, taken by Mesut Ozil (Arsenal).
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) flights in the cross, but the defender is alert and clears to safety. The referee blows his whistle, Arsenal are awarded a corner kick.
The ball is cleared after Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) attempted to dribble past an opposing player.
Didier Drogba (Chelsea) latched on to an accurate pass on the edge of the box and immediately released a cannonball straight to the middle of the net. His effort has been denied by the well prepared keeper who pulled off a stunning save.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) takes the corner kick, but Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) reads it well and stops the effort.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) connects with a precise cross inside the goalmouth and finishes. One of the defending players reacts in time and clears the ball to safety. Arsenal get a chance to score from a corner kick.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) probably handled the ball.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) is trying to send the ball in front of the goal, but the opposition’s defence averts the threat.
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) crosses the ball into the box from the free kick, but the defence clears the danger.
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) makes a rough challenge and Michael Oliver blows his whistle for a foul. Arsenal win a free kick and they are able to continue with another attacking move.
David Ospina (Arsenal) has picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue.
Looks like David Ospina (Arsenal) is struggling after picking up a knock. We will see if he can run that off.
What a close effort by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), who receives a pass on the edge of the box and shoots. The ball goes by a whisker over the crossbar.
Willian (Chelsea) attempts to find one of his teammates, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone.
Jose Mourinho makes a half-time substitution. Didier Drogba (Chelsea) comes on in place of Oscar (Chelsea).
After the half-time break we are back again. The players are back out on the pitch, and the second half is underway.
Well, it hasn’t been the most exciting game in the world but there has been some nice football on display. We hope that the second period will bring more action. The hosts were superior in their performance through the first half. They were more active and precise. The home side have dominated the possesion and midfield so far. The visitors have spent most of their time defending and waiting for the correct moment to launch the counter-attack.
There will be nothing more to see in the first half. The whistle blowing of Michael Oliver has ended it.
We will have 2 min. of added time.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) is quickest to the rebound and shoots towards the middle of the net, but the goalkeeper pulls off a comfortable save and denies the effort.
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) passes the ball into the box but an opposing player clears.
Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) attempts to find one of his teammates, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) attempts to find some of his teammates with a dangerous pass from the edge of the box. The opponent’s defence intercepts the effort and clears the ball to safety.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) makes a good run with the ball, but his shot from the edge of the penalty area goes just wide of the left post. Terrific solo effort, though.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) overhits a cross from the corner, and none of his teammates can get his head on it.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared. The ball goes out-of-play. Arsenal are awarded a corner kick.
Ramires (Chelsea) comes close to scoring. He connected with a pass inside the box, and he perhaps should have done better than direct his shot straight at David Ospina (Arsenal).
A pass by Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
This foul is worthy of a card! And it is a yellow shown by referee Michael Oliver to the guilty Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).
Oscar (Chelsea) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) attempts to whip in a crossfield pass, the defence does well to intercept the ball.
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) latches on to a brilliant cross, but his shot goes high over the bar.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) skips past his man but can’t keep the ball in play.
An unsuccessful cross into the box by Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety.
The expression of the main referee Michael Oliver is crystal clear. This behaviour won’t be tolerated. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) is shown a yellow card.
A crossfield pass from Eden Hazard (Chelsea) failed to find any of his teammates.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) nearly creates a chance, but his attempt to pick out a teammate with a through ball does not come off.
Oscar (Chelsea) hasn’t suffered any serious injury which wouldn’t allow him to stay on the pitch. He’s back in the game now.
Gary Cahill (Chelsea) didn’t manage to convert the resulting corner kick into a goal. He produced a header from a dangerous position inside the box, but he sent it well over the bar.
Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) takes the corner.
Oscar (Chelsea) is having a really harsh time now. We are about to find out how serious his injury is.
Oscar (Chelsea) collects a brilliant pass inside the box and finds himself in a goal scoring opportunity. He takes a shot, but the effort is well blocked by one of the defending players. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by Chelsea.
Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) attempts to send a pass but the effort is blocked.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) sends in the corner, but he fails to find the head of any of his teamamtes, and the the defence makes a clearance.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) produces a dangerous low pass into the penalty area, but the defence manage to cut it out. Good work from Arsenal as they win a corner.
Oscar (Chelsea) sends a quick through ball into space for his teammate, who is lurking on the offside border, but one of the defenders intercepts and clears the danger.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) sends a chip pass into the box, but Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) is quickest to intercept the ball.
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Michael Oliver has a clear vision and blows his whistle.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) takes the corner and sends it into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and makes a good clearance.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) unleashed a powerful shot that was blocked by a self-sacrificing defender. The ball is out-of-play, and the assistant referee points at the corner flag. Arsenal will take it.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) sends the ball into the penalty area from a free kick few yards outside the box. The cross was very nice, but the goalkeeper showed himself in good light as he leaps high to intercept the ball.
Michael Oliver blows the whistle. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) committed a foul when he hit the opponent’s legs instead of the ball. A free kick to Arsenal. They can move closer towards the goal.
Chelsea hold the ball and display nice passing from player to player.
The first half has just begun.
The Chelsea players will kick-off.
Michael Oliver was nominated as a referee for this game.
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