Hector Bellerin’s stoppage-time goal rescued a 2-2 draw for Arsenal in a pulsating and controversial Premier League clash with Chelsea.
It looked like Chelsea had come from behind to triumph when Marcos Alonso struck six minutes from time, after Jack Wilshere’s first league goal since May 2015 had been cancelled out by an Eden Hazard penalty.
But the Gunners would not be beaten and Bellerin punished Alonso’s poor clearing header with a fine finish for a share of the points – though there was still time for Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta to hit the crossbar.
What they saidArsenal boss Arsene Wenger: “We got again a farcical decision on the penalty, but we knew that as well before (the game). What I find terrible is that we have just seen a great football game and we talk only about things nothing to do with football. For me it would be nice to at some stage talk about football again.”Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: “When you are winning 2-1 and there are two minutes to go, I think we have to win the game. This is not a lucky period for (Alvaro Morata). For the striker it’s very important to score. If you score, your confidence is up. In this case your confidence can go down. (But) he’s very young. The goal is coming.”
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Star man – Jack Wilshere
If there was any player that deserved not to be on the losing side it was Wilshere, who continued his recent renaissance with a dynamic display in midfield. Hard in the tackle, inventive in the final third, Wilshere’s emphatic finish to open the scoring was the highlight of another excellent performance. England manager Gareth Southgate will surely be taking note.
Moment of the matchThere was enough chances here to win five matches let alone one but Davide Zappacosta crashing a shot against the crossbar at the very end was certainly the most dramatic. After Bellerin had just made it 2-2, Arsenal almost contrived to throw it away again as Alvaro Morata missed a one-on-one before Zappacosta rattled the woodwork with the follow-up.
RatingsChelsea: Thibaut Courtois 8, Victor Moses 6, Andreas Christensen 6, Gary Cahill 6, Cesar Azpilicueta 7, Marcos Alonso 8, Tiemoue Bakayoko 6, N’Golo Kante 7, Cesc Fabregas 7, Eden Hazard 8, Alvaro Morata 4. Substitutes: Davide Zappacosta (for Moses, 56) 7, Danny Drinkwater (for Fabregas, 71) 6, Willian (for Hazard, 82) 7.Arsenal: Petr Cech 6, Hector Bellerin 6, Rob Holding 6, Shkodran Mustafi 4, Calum Chambers 5, Ainsley Maitland-Niles 5, Jack Wilshere 8, Granit Xhaka 5, Alexis Sanchez 6, Mesut Ozil 7, Alexandre Lacazette 6. Substitutes: Danny Welbeck (for Lacazette, 80) 6, Theo Walcott (for Chambers, 88), 6.
Who’s up next?Nottingham Forest v Arsenal (FA Cup third round, January 7).
Norwich v Chelsea (FA Cup third round, January 6).