Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho dismissed any claims that his side foolishly gave away a penalty in last night's clash with title rivals Arsenal, before stating Arsenal's foreign instalments 'like to cry'.

Mourinho's Chelsea side held Arsenal to a well earned draw at the Emirates last night, ensuring his unbeaten record against Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger remained perfectly intact. The point sees Chelsea in fourth place in the Premier League, two points behind league leaders Liverpool.

Rivalry really took its toll during the game, tackles flying in, and Wenger was certain that Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel should've seen red after his potentially dangerous tackle on Arsenal's Mikel Arteta.

Mourinho hit back at these claims and said the Spanish playmaker made a meal of it.

Speaking to reporters, Mourinho said: "You know, they like to cry. That's tradition.

"But I prefer to say, and I was telling it to the fourth official, that English people - Frank Lampard, for example - would never provoke a situation like that."

It was then foreign players as a whole that Mourinho claimed lack the right attitude when being fouled or impeded.

He added: "Foreign players are bringing lots of good things. They come here because they are talented. But I prefer English blood in football. English blood in this situation is: 'Come on, let's go."

Arsenal were perfectly within their rights to have another shout, when Willian clipped Theo Walcott inside the box, although referee Mike Dean over looked it.

The same approached was applied when Arsenal were certain Ramires should've seen red for his clumsy challenge on Arteta, with the referee deeming a yellow card enough.

Lampard was closest to scoring a goal on the night, although his effort rattled off the crossbar midway through the first half.

Chances, otherwise, were few and far between for both sides. Willian's tame effort was easily saved by Wojciech Szczesny as Arsenal failed to get a shot on target during the entire first half.

The game become slightly more fluid come the second half, some clever play by Arsenal saw striker Olivier Giroud with the chance to snatch all three points, but Chelsea defended well and the flick-shot was saved by Petr Cech.

This was after Mesut Ozil had the chance to put the game to bed, although he couldn't direct his shot on target.

 It was a real battle of tactics on a wet, cold night in north London, and even though both sides wanted to win the game, neither wanted to lose it.

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