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Cahill, Azpilicueta left frustrated by Chelsea's poor performance against Arsenal

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Captain and Vice-captain were both left frustrated by Chelsea’s inability to break down Arsenal on Sunday afternoon at Stamford Bridge, with Gary Cahill trying his best to put a hollow-sounding positive spin on the first time ever that Conte’s Chelsea failed to score in a home game.

"It was frustrating in some ways. Obviously we wanted to win the game, but if we weren’t going to win, it was important we didn’t lose. It’s a good point."

"We tried to create. We have created more in recent games, but we were playing against good opposition. There were a couple of chances for either side. We had that Pedro chance early on, but it was cagey."

"It felt frustrating because we were trying and trying, but they defended well and limited us to a few chances. We had a lot of the ball but couldn’t quite open them up."

"It was a good, competitive London derby. I don’t think there was too much in the game. Late on it was opening up, and maybe we could have nicked the win then, but it wasn’t to be."

"We want to win every home game. We feel we have the ability to go for three points every time we play here, and we tried to do that, but we take the point."

-Gary Cahill; Source: Chelsea FC

Cesar Azpilicueta was less measured in his assessment of the team’s performance, and instead turn his attention to the next challenge. The work, after all, never stops, win, lose, or draw.

“We can do better, that's true. We will keep working hard to improve and to become a better team. In the last few years at Stamford Bridge, we have won the games [against Arsenal] and found space to create chances for our strikers."

"Yesterday was a bit more complicated. They played a good defensive game where everyone was working hard and they made it difficult for us."

"It's a long season and we are still only in September. Every point counts. Obviously a win is better than a draw and a draw is better than a loss. We weren't able to win against a good team, but we didn't lose either and that is important. Now we have to move on. We have a cup game in a few days, the season keeps rolling and we cannot stop."

-César Azpilicueta; source: Chelsea FC via Evening Standard

Captain Cahill and Vice-captain Azpi have been two of the most ever-present players in Chelsea lineups over the past five years, but at least one, if not both of them are likely to rotate to the bench for Wednesday’s League Cup game against Nottingham Forest as Antonio Conte looks to keep his squad fresh for the tougher challenges ahead.

The dropped points against Arsenal are unfortunate, but as of right now, Chelsea are exactly in the same spot as last season. The work has just begun.

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Posted by Chelsea Football Club on Monday, 18 September 2017