Given Chelsea’s failure to win away from home all season, what the team needed today was a visit to a traditionally easy opponent. So it was with some trepidation that the fans headed headed for Highbury, a venue which has not seen a Chelsea league victory in over a decade.

That record never looked like ending in the first half. Ranieri’s decision to play Frank Leboeuf on the right-hand side of a three-man defence was suicidal, especially as Albert Ferrer was left on the bench. The early goal came from an attack down that flank and it left Chelsea chasing the game.

In the second half though, the Blues got it right, Albert came on for Frank and Arsenal looked dodgy under pressure. John Terry’s scrambled equaliser was just reward.

The Blues fans celebrated wildly and Chelsea even came close to snatching a win. A battling performance to send the Chelsea supporters home happy.