Petr Cech was at his familiar best to thwart livewire winger Adama Traore in each half, while he produced a close-range stop from Gaston Ramirez after the playmaker rattled the angle of post and bar with a rasping free-kick.
The goalkeeping workload after half-time was more evenly split between Cech and Victor Valdes, but the free-scoring form that demolished Ludogorets on Wednesday deserted Arsenal on manager Arsene Wenger’s 67th birthday.
“I think that we had a lot of possession but we rushed a little bit in the final third and we could have kept our cool better to have a better opportunity to score,” Cech said after the match.
“We had a few shots where the goalkeeper did very well and in the end we didn’t find the goal.
“Overall they had plenty of chances as well, so I have to say the draw is a fair result.
“When they had their chances and didn’t take them I thought we were going to punish them for that.
“We lost a little bit of our calm in the last third of the pitch. We rushed passes too quickly and that’s unlike us.”