Jose Mourinho's Chelsea held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium on a wet, windy evening in north London.
The Blues were looking to keep chase with leaders Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, knowing that a win would see them level on points with the Merseyside club despite the latter having a more superior goal difference.
Both managers set up their teams with the capability to win, but also ensured their tactics would not allow them to lose, and this resulted in an element of cancelling each other out.
Chelsea found it difficult to create any clear cut chances, that was of course until Eden Hazard lifted the ball through to Frank Lampard on the edge of the box, only for the playmaker to hit the bar with his effort past a beaten Wojciech Szczesny.
It wasn't to be Chelsea's final chance of the half as a swift counter attack saw Willian have time and space on the edge of the box, although his shot was tame and it rolled into the arms of the Arsenal goalkeeper.
There's no such thing as a derby without controversy, and Arsenal were claiming a double-wammy when they claimed John Obi Mikel fiercely tackled Mikel Arteta, then were certain that Willian fouled Theo Walcott in the box.
Controversy was at the heart of the game once again in the second half, Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic's high boot on Mesut Özil caused a confrontation between the two.
Arsenal have never gone without an on target shot in a home game in the history of the Premier League, although striker Olivier Giroud made that record safe when his near flick was turned over by Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Mourinho gave his Chelsea stars the green light to see the game out, a feat that was highlighted by his decision to substitute striker Fernando Torres for centre-back David Luiz.
The Blues boss, after the match, said that his team were still failing to 'kill the game off' and finish chances his team were creating, but insisted he didn't want to affect his team's style of play too much.
"What I want from my team is to go in the direction where we play the way we are playing, we use the ball they way we are using to kill opponents by scoring goals especially in crucial moments and we're not doing that," he told BBC Match of the Day.
A draw saw Chelsea climb into fourth place, two points behind leaders Liverpool, who they play on Sunday.
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