ARSENAL 2-CHELSEA 2 GUNNERS AND BLUES DISHOUT THRILLER IN LONDON
WHAT A GAME THAT WAS! If you missed that last night, i feel bad for you, you missed what was without doubt the game of the season. Both teams gave it everything in a chilly night in london, This game had it all. Goals, Saves, Poor Defending,Refereeing Controversy etc. The game was delicately poised pre-game Arsenal Badly needed all 3 points to stay in touch with Top 4 while Chelsea wanted to consolidate its place by leap frogging Man Utd. In the End Either side could have won it given the quality at each’s disposal but a draw maybe is a fair result.
Arsenal’s Form over the Christmas Fixtures has been not too good,three draws and a win at Crystal Palace— can now be forgotten. As the frenzied fixtures now ebb away
Cynics will say that this is a new Arsenal taking shape, reborn after showing incredible fighting qualities to somehow scrap out a draw.
They deserve a pat on the back — but that is where it ends.
Jack wheels away at scoring his First goal since 2015
This was a ridiculous game, played at a furious tempo between two teams who many will say have very different ambitions these days.
Chelsea thought they had won it, with Eden Hazard equalizing from the penalty spot and Marcos Alonso nosing them in front six minutes from time but Arsenal still had a big say in it.
They had been ahead, with the feel-good factor filling the nostrils of nearly 60,000 Arsenal fans when Jack Wilshere fired in.
It was an amazing strike, screeching Arsenal into a 1-0 lead the moment it pinged off his left boot 63 minutes in.
Arsenal, this being Arsenal, could not hold on to the lead.
Bellerin, who was being thrown one way and then the other by Hazard, flung out a lazy right boot that appeared to make contact with the Chelsea forward who didn’t need invitation to go down.
He then dusted himself and equalised from the spot.
It sent Arsene Wenger into meltdown, screaming into the face of fourth official Craig Pawson. My Impressions are that it isn’t a Penalty..The Defender has a right to go for the ball and i think the Ref was conned by Hazard.
Chelsea, their opponents in next week’s Carabao Cup semi-final, are durable, obstinate and damn well difficult to beat.
The biggest chance of the first half went Chelsea’s way. Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi showed their Lack of Understanding to let a hopeful, looping ball drop behind them. Alvaro Morata raced clear, only the keeper to beat, to put Chelsea in front. Instead he missed, poking his effort hopelessly wide of Petr Cech’s left-hand post.
Arsenal responded, playing like a team on a mission.For a time they looked good for it.
Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Wilshere were the driving force as Arsenal got about these Chelsea boys.
Thibaut Courtois was a towering presence every time Arsenal got in behind Chelsea’s defence. It almost turned into his night.
He got a glove to Sanchez’s fierce effort that rebounded off both posts, turning on to the paintwork before it rolled across the line and against the other. So Unlucky.
Arsenal grew in confidence, with Ozil and Wilshere matching Cesc Fabregas and Hazard for the fancy footwork.
Ozil provided the next chance, with Gary Cahill sliding all over the penalty area when Alexandre Lacazette turned him in the area.
The striker swivelled, shooting at Chelsea’s goal, but Courtois came to the rescue again. Lacca should have scored though. Looks to be lacking a bit of Confidence now. But Played well overall.
From the follow-up, he got down to his left in time to flip Morata’s header away for a corner.
Ozil and Sanchez combined again to set up Lacazette for another big second-half chance. Instead he fluffed it, failing to get the solid connection that would have put Arsenal ahead.
Courtois stopped Ozil next, throwing out a leg to prevent Arsenal’s magic man putting them in front.
Marcos Alonso then stole in 6 mins to go and put Chelsea ahead after good work from Zappacosta. Many at that point would have given the Win to Chelsea but the gunners showed their Never say die spirit and Pulled back an Equalizer From Hector Bellerin Who made amends for the Penalty he gave away,
This two will meet again in the carabao cup next week,so expect more Fireworks,