Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League thanks to a point from a goalless draw at Stoke in an encounter Petr Cech impressed to be voted Man of The Match.
Arsene Wenger’s side missed the creativity of Mesut Ozil, who was injured on an afternoon with few clear-cut chances.
The German missed out due to a slight foot injury, which opened the door for Mohamed Elneny – who completed his transfer from FC Basel on Thursday – to come into the 18.
There was one change from the side that had drawn at Liverpool on Wednesday night, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain starting in the vacant No 10 position.
That meant that Mathieu Flamini again started alongside Aaron Ramsey – making his 250th Arsenal appearance – at the base of midfield.
The hosts, meanwhile, were unchanged from the side that beat Norwich City here in midweek. Stoke’s combination of silk and steel has impressed many this season, with home wins over Chelsea and both Manchester clubs all cases in point.
Arsenal displayed no shortage of steel and character against a side who have beaten plenty of the big guns this season.
When chances did arrive, Petr Cech and Jack Butland – probably the Premier League’s most in-form goalkeepers – ensured that this tie remained goalless.
Butland twice denied Olivier Giroud while Cech made a couple of excellent saves from Joselu to keep the scores level.
After losing two points late on in Wednesday’s topsy-turvy encounter with Liverpool, Sunday’s draw was an altogether more disciplined display by the A.rsene Wenger’s men
The draw means Arsenal move ahead of Leicester on goal difference. Stoke remain seventh.