Chelsea 0 Arsenal 0

Chelsea needed five points to win the title before this derby with Arsenal, and following a tense 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge, the Blues still need five points.

But with an 11-point gap between the West Londoners and their North London rivals, Chelsea will be crowned Premiership champions if they defeat Fulham on Saturday and Arsenal fail to defeat Spurs on Monday.

Chelsea's successive draws at home mean they are stuttering towards their first top-flight title in 50 years rather than blasting towards it as their fans demand.

Arsenal, on this showing will feel they were unlucky not to come away with all three points.

Their first-half performance in particular was spectacular - it was a shame wayward finishing by Robert Pires on ten minutes did not match the intricate build-up play.

Pires also smashed a volley against the crossbar on three minutes and that summed up Arsenal's season.

Chelsea by contrast set out their stall to soak up pressure and possession by Arsenal and inflict the killer strike on the counter-attack.

Sandwiched between Arsenal's opening efforts, Chelsea could have gone ahead following a Frank Lampard right-footer. But Jens Lehmann was equal to the fine drive.

A glancing header by Eidur Gudjohnsen on 22 minutes seemed to be the best that the champions-elect could muster.

Didier Drogba forced a fine save from the Arsenal keeper on 28 minutes and with Pires clearing away a scuffed Gudjohnsen effort on goal, that was as good as it got in the first half.

The second half saw Chelsea consolidate their defensive duties with Arsenal running out of steam while still keeping an eye out for the Chelsea counter.

A Drogba shot on 55 minutes and a couple of half chances for Lampard were the best they could manage.

Petr Cech was forced into a save from Pires on 76 minutes, but the game petered out to a predictable draw.