LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Robin van Persie of Arsenal reacts after missing a goal against goalie Petr Cech of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on April 21, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Arsenal Vs. Chelsea: London Derby Ends Scoreless

Chelsea and Arsenal were both legitimately poor on Saturday afternoon, playing to an uneventful 0-0 draw.

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Arsenal Vs. Chelsea, 2012 Premier League: Final Score, No Goals In Poor Match

Arsenal and Chelsea were supposed to play an entertaining clash in their fight for Champions League places, but they instead decided to play one of the most dire matches of the Premier League season. Neither team was at their best, and it seemed very obvious that Chelsea were looking ahead to Barcelona and that Arsenal's best midfielders were missing. The biggest events were blocked shots and bad misses in a poor 0-0 draw.

The first half was mostly controlled by Chelsea, though Arsenal had the only two clear-cut chances of the period. Robin van Persie failed to make the most of a great free kick by Theo Walcott in the 13th minute, missing badly at the far post. Arsenal's other good opportunity of the half also came on a free kick, with Laurent Koscielny hitting a header off the crossbar.

Things didn't get much more interesting in the second half. Here is a summary of Robin van Persie's performance on the afternoon.

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Unfortunately for Arsenal, the biggest event of this game was probably an injury. Early in the second half, Theo Walcott pulled up with a hamstring problem. He attempted to continue, but pulled up lame again and appeared to make his injury worse in the process. He was replaced by Gervinho in the 60th minute, and Arsenal could be without him for a couple of games.

Chelsea did have one good attack late in the game, created by Juan Mata who came on as a substitute, but some great defending by Koscielny prevented it from ever being dangerous. In the 87th minute, the ball fell to Daniel Sturridge in the penalty area, but Koscielny got across for a great block.

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In a poorly played and uneventful match that was basically devoid of highlights, Koscielny's play was almost certainly the highlight of the match. A man of the match award has to go to someone even in terribly poor games, and he was consistently the best player on the pitch in the game. Unfortunately for the Gunners, none of the players in front of Koscielny did much at all.

Arsenal are now six points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur for third, but Spurs have two games in hand. Spurs and Newcastle have one game in hand on Chelsea, and both now lead them by one point.

You can find all of our game coverage in our Arsenal vs. Chelsea StoryStream. For more on the two teams, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History and Arsenal FC blog The Short Fuse.

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Arsenal Vs. Chelsea, 2012 Premier League: Halftime Score, Neither Team Interested In Goals

UPDATE: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea, Final Score

It has been a truly woeful 45 minutes from the Emirates Stadium. There have been very few chances, and the half chances that have occurred have come on set pieces that were poorly defended. There's been very little to write home about so far, as both Chelsea and Arsenal appear to have missed the memo that this is a very important game. It's 0-0 at halftime, with two shots on target between the two teams.

Arsenal's best chance of the game came in the 13th minute, on a surprisingly good free kick by Theo Walcott. He hit an in-swinger towards the back post which Robin van Persie had an excellent chance to capitalize on, but he didn't make the most of his golden chance.

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Arsenal did almost nothing for a 30 minute period of time following that chance, but came alive at the very end of the second half. Chelsea's defense completely fell asleep on another free kick at the very end of the half, allowing Laurent Koscielny to have a free header. He did well to get it on frame, but could only hit the crossbar with his effort.

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Basically everything else about this first half has been bad, which Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur will be thrilled to see. A 0-0 draw fits the rivals of Arsenal and Chelsea just fine.

You can find all of our game coverage in our Arsenal vs. Chelsea StoryStream. For more on the two teams, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History and Arsenal FC blog The Short Fuse.

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Arsenal Vs. Chelsea, 2012 Premier League: Lineups

Chelsea are opting to rest even more of their first choice players than previously expected against Arsenal on Saturday. Expected absentees Didier Drogba, John Obi Mikel and Frank Lampard are all out, but they're also joined in the seats by Ashley Cole, Juan Mata and Ramires. Branislav Ivanovic is out through suspension. On the other side, everything is expected for the Gunners, with one small exception. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gets the nod over the older Gervinho.

Arsenal Lineup (4-2-3-1): Wojceich Szczesny; Kieran Gibbs, Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna; Alex Song, Aaron Ramsey; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky, Theo Walcott; Robin van Persie

Chelsea Lineup (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Ryan Bertrand, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Jose Bosingwa; Michael Essien, Oriol Romeu; Solomon Kalou, Florent Malouda, Daniel Sturridge; Fernando Torres

Kickoff is at 7:45 a.m. ET, 12:45 p.m. local time from Emirates Stadium in London, England. You can catch the game on any of ESPN2, ESPN3 or ESPN Deportes in the USA. It's on TSN2 in Canada and Sky Sports 2 in the UK.

We'll have pre-game and live game coverage in our Arsenal vs. Chelsea StoryStream. For more on the two teams, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History and Arsenal FC blog The Short Fuse.

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