Hector Bellerin strike grabs Arsenal a point in thriller against Chelsea

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.

Tweet of the match

Star man – Jack Wilshere

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Jack Wilshere was on the scoresheet (John Walton/Empics)

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 match

There 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.


Hector Bellerin strike grabs Arsenal a point in thriller against Chelsea PLZ Soccer
Marcos Alonso capped a fine display with a goal (Adam Davy/PA)

Chelsea: 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).

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