πŸ”΅πŸ”΄ Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal: 10-man Gunners walk away with a point in the London Derby
πŸ”΅πŸ”΄ Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal: 10-man Gunners walk away with a point in the London Derby
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πŸ”΅πŸ”΄ Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal: 10-man Gunners walk away with a point in the London Derby

10-man Arsenal showed resilience to twice come from behind to secure a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw against Chelsea in the London Derby.

Early exchanges

Arsenal came into the clash looking to preserve their five-game unbeaten away record in the league while Chelsea were seeking redemption after their shock loss against Newcastle United last time out.

The Gunners had a good start to the game but failed to create any meaningful chances with their early pressure as they allowed Chelsa to grow into the game.

Hudson-Odoi chance

Chelsea came close to an opener in the 16th minute when Callum Hudson-Odoi moved to the left to take a corner and got the ball back. His right-footed cross worried Leno but clipped the top of the bar on its way out of play.

Penalty & Red Card

Arsenal conceded a penalty in the 27th minute when Shkodran Mustafi's pass was intercepted and Abraham nipped in, rounded the keeper but was brought down from behind by David Luiz who was sent off for blocking a clear goal-scoring opportunity.

Jorginho goal

Jorginho held his nerve to nonchalantly slot the ball to the bottom right of the post after his trademark jump before taking a penalty. 

Penalty shout

Chelsea had their appeals for a penalty rebuffed in the 51st minute when a moment of chaos in the Arsenal penalty area, featuring a couple of handball appeals after Bukayo Saka appeared to handle the ball with his hand moving toward the ball. 

Martinelli goal

Out of a Chelsea corner, Arsenal were able to mount a swift counter-attack when Martinelli picked the ball up outside his penalty area to move past Kante who slipped at the halfway line allowing Martinelli to just keep on running and slot the ball past Kepa.

Azpilicueta goal

Chelsea regained their lead in the 84th minute when Abraham won a corner, at the expense of an injured ankle on an advertising hoarding. As he limped back into the penalty area, the corner was played short as Hudson-Odoi sent the ball in low and Azpilicueta was on hand to tap it in.

Bellerin goal

With Chelsea looking to be headed for a home win, up stepped Hector Bellerin who collected the ball on the right and was afforded too much time by the Chelsea defense as he cut inside onto his left and produces an excellent finish to curl into the bottom corner.

Next assignments

Chelsea next face boogie side Bournemouth on Sunday, January 26 in the FA Cup while Arsenal face Hull City a day earlier. 

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