Sunday 8 December 2019

Arsenal snatch late equaliser against Chelsea...here are the player ratings after a thriller

Marcos Alonso thought he had won the game with a late strike, but Arsenal struck back
Marcos Alonso thought he had won the game with a late strike, but Arsenal struck back

Matt McGeehan

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.

Alvaro Morata had missed a glorious chance to give Chelsea a 14th-minute lead and the visitors were then indebted to a Thibaut Courtois save which pushed Alexis Sanchez's shot on to both posts

Wilshere broke the deadlock, but there were doubts over whether the midfielder should have been on the pitch.

Already booked, Wilshere went down looking for a free-kick on the edge of the area and might have received a second yellow card from referee Anthony Taylor for simulation.

The Gunners' lead lasted just four minutes as Hector Bellerin was adjudged to have fouled Hazard, who equalised with the resulting penalty.

Alonso's effort appeared decisive, only for Bellerin to strike a goal that handed Arsenal a deserved point in a game loaded with excitement.

Hostilities between the teams will be renewed in a week's time, in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge.

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.

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.

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