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Arsenal battled hard on Sunday, picking up a goalless draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Despite not coming away with the three points, it was a performance to be proud of for Arsène Wenger’s side.

One player was suspicious by his absence at the weekend and that’s German playmaker Mesut Özil.

Ruled out with a muscle strain, it was symbolic that the whole team put in a display and the Gunners failed to feel the effects of the 28-year-old’s absence.

Arsenal kept Chelsea from dominating possession, with 49.4 per cent – according to WhoScored.

They also made more tackles (18-14), and Danny Welbeck, leading the line from the front made two interceptions and one clearance. Even Olivier Giroud, when he came on for the English forward managed two clearances.

It was a team effort and one that begs the questions, are Arsenal a better team without the former Real Madrid star?

And why would they bow down to his extortionate wage demands and extend his contract when they can count on the other players to step up more in his absence?

This season, the German is winning 0.8 tackles per 90 minutes and picking up 0.8 interceptions.

After four Premier League games he has still to record a goal or an assist for the Gunners.

If Arsenal let his contract run down, he will be able to leave on a free next summer and we’ve picked out three possible destinations for the playmaker.

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