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NBCSN team breaks down Monday’s Arsenal-Chelsea draw

Dec 23, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux break talk about Monday’s Premier League draw in North London, where Arsenal and Chelsea went scoreless for 90 minutes. Why?

First, it was classic Jose Mourinho stuff, picking a lineup for Chelsea that left his top creator (Juan Mata) on the bench and then digging in for an evening of old-fashioned, blood-and-guts defending.

The NBCSN pair also site Monday’s great conditions – well, “great” if you’re an osprey, but maybe not so much for the rest of us – and Mike Dean’s refereeing decisions, as the man in the middle chose to look the other way on some bookable offenses.

White and Le Saux break it down here:

  1. bscot968 - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    The big controversial play in the 36min. was anything but, and Dean got it right. Szczesny takes the free kick to about mid field, the ball bounced about with no one having clear possession. The ball was clear of both Mikel and Arteta, they were both going for a ball that was equally clear of them both. At its most harsh, perhaps both players should have been booked for leaving their feet in going for the football. There is too much embellishment, with footballers constantly hitting the pitch, screaming and writhing as if they had been shot only to be back on their feet, competing at full ability. Good job, Dean.

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