Arsenal’s four-game winning streak came to an end after being blocked 0-0 by Brighton and Hove Albion.
The spoils were shared during a generally low-key match at Amex Stadium, where both sides could only collect four shots on target between them.
However, the point was enough for the two teams to extend their respective unbeaten run to five games in all competitions.
Although Brighton missed the chance to reach the top of the Premier League, they recorded their eighth home clean sheet in the top flight of 2021; a haul only surpassed by Manchester City and Chelsea.
The hosts’ defense was put to the test in the first minute with Bukayo Saka embarking on a strong individual run before hitting Robert Sanchez.
Opposite Number Aaron Ramsdale suffered a moment of nervousness on the other side; the Arsenal goalkeeper overturned Neal Maupay’s cross in the 21st minute, only for Lewis Dunk who fired from close range on his 350th appearance for the club.
Aiming for a fourth win in five home games, Brighton continued to threaten with a major last-breath intervention preventing Leandro Trossard from putting the finishing touches on Adam Lallana’s center.
Arsenal, who have won nine of their 15 previous away games, came close to scoring five minutes before half-time when Thomas Partey’s shot went just wide.
Chances dwindled more and more after half-time, although Sanchez came to Brighton’s rescue 14 minutes from time with clever reflexes to deny Emile Smith-Rowe after a quick counter attack by the visitors.
The hosts finished well with substitute Solly March testing Ramsdale and Shane Duffy on the side, but nothing could separate the two sides.