Nevertheless, it wasn't until the 63rd minute that the net rippled in north London, with Jack Wilshere's emphatic strike propelling the Gunners into a deserved lead.
Arsene Wenger's men were struck with a bout of deja vu just minutes later, though; conceding a controversial penalty that was dispatched by Eden Hazard. It looked to be the killer blow, too, with Marcos Alonso etching his name on the scoresheet from close range.
Hector Bellerin eventually saved the day for Arsenal with a sensational strike in stoppage time as fellow full-back Davide Zappacosta rattled the crossbar in the dying seconds.
There was a general feeling that both sides could easily have taken three points from the clash and Chelsea fans felt their shortcomings were because of one man - Alvaro Morata.
The ex-Real Madrid man has made a solid start to life in west London, finding the net on 12 occasions and providing four assists across 26 appearances.
However, his goalscoring form has waned in recent weeks with Chelsea supporters lamenting his wastefulness in clashes with Southampton and Stoke City.
And it was no more apparent than under the floodlights of the Emirates with Morata missing no less than three one-on-one opportunities, with the first proving a particularly torrid finish.
For the all the 25-year-old's lethality in the air and poacher-like movement, it's becoming increasingly clear that Morata lacks that killer instinct under pressure against top goalkeepers.
Antonio Conte reacts
Twitter was awash with angry posts about the Spaniard and Antonio Conte seemed to embody every Chelsea fan with his reaction to one of Morata's misses.
The Italian is lauded for his dramatic reactions to goals and it seems he responds with equal animation during Chelsea's lesser moments. To say he lost it with Morata, would be putting things mildly - take a look below:
Conte couldn't believe it. The Chelsea boss simply sank into the ground, pounded the turf and arose in a fit of pure bewilderment.
There's no doubting that Morata is a top striker and he hasn't exactly flopped in England but he can't afford to miss so many chances in such big games again.
Furthermore, with Diego Costa making a goal scoring return to football with Atletico Madrid, you can't blame some Chelsea fans for speculating that their former striker would have taken the chances in question.
Supporters and Conte alike will never know, but the two points that went array with Morata's shooting prove cold and painful fact.
Who would you rather have at Chelsea - Diego Costa or Alvaro Morata? Have your say in the comments section below.
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