An injury time strike from Hector Bellerin was enough to earn Arsenal a 2-2 draw in their all London derby clash against Chelsea. In what has been described as one of the most entertaining games of the season so far, both teams shared a remarkable 33 efforts at goal, with only two fantastic performances from Gunners keeper Petr Cech and Chelsea shot stopper Thibaut Courtois ensuring it wasn’t a cricket score!
In a tight first half, both teams had chances with possible the best going to Chelsea’s top scorer Alvaro Morata who had several one on one chances knocking the ball wide and over with his first two efforts, while Courtois had to make two exceptional stops to deny Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette, before Jack Wilshere opened the deadlock in the 63rd minute, with his first goal since May 2015.
It wasn’t long before Chelsea were level, Eden Hazard controversially equalizing from the spot after he had been judged to have been brought down by Hector Bellerin. A decision which saw Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger spitting feathers!!
Chelsea took the lead with 6 minutes remaining, Marco Alonso capitalising on David Zappacosta’s low cross as the visitor’s looked to take home the full three points.
However, Arsenal had the last word through Bellerin who in the 2nd minute of injury time produced a fantastic half volley that flew past Courtois to rise the roof at the Emirates as he earned Arsenal a much-deserved point.
As expected the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger didn’t ‘bite his tongue’ in the post-match press conference, instead deciding to state that he will contest his FA misconduct charge for criticizing the decision to award West Bromwich a late penalty during their recent 1-1 draw, while he could face another after vocally venting his furcation at what he called a ‘farcical’ penalty decision.