Arsenal and Chelsea played out an exciting 2-2 draw in Wednesday night’s Premier League game at the Emirates Stadium. The match was played with intensity from the start but some poor finishing meant that both times went level at the break.
Following the interval, Jack Wilshere broke the deadlock for the Gunners with a stunning 63rd-minute strike and this ended the midfielder’s two-and-a-half year wait for a Premier League goal.
However, the celebrations could only last for a couple of minutes before Hector Bellerin fouled Eden Hazard in the box. The Belgian took full advantage of the situation to slot in the match-levelling penalty.
Thereafter, both teams continued to push for the winner and Marcos Alonso appeared to have secured three points for the Blues in the 84th minute before Bellerin unleashed a scorcher of a goal in injury-time to share the spoils.
Two Things We Learned:
Alvaro Morata’s lacklustre finishing: The former Real Madrid man has struggled with his finishing of late and his misfortune came to the Gunners’ rescue on Wednesday night. The Spain international missed three clear-cut chances during the London derby and this included a one-on-one against Petr Cech which should have sealed a 3-2 victory for the Blues. If only Diego Costa was still playing for the club…
Chelsea’s lean streak versus Arsenal: Prior to Antonio Conte’s arrival, Chelsea had a dominant record against Arsenal whereby a point has been a rare feat for the Gunners. However, this has changed under the Italian’s management and the Blues are now winless in four competitive games against their cross-town rivals. Three of those games have resulted in draws, but the Gunners have managed to withstand the Blues’ pressure by either good defending or some lacklustre finishing from their London counterparts.
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