Arsenal and Arsene Wenger will be wondering how they ended up with just one point in their highly entertaining encounter with Chelsea at the Emirates as the final whistle sounded. In a match which Arsenal played some of their best football this season and dominated for large stretches, a controversial penalty decision as well as a clinical performance from Chelsea ensured a result where both teams shared a point apiece.
With Holding, Maitland Niles and Calumn Chambers playing at the back, Chelsea responded with more bodies in the midfield as they started Bakayoko, Kante as well as Fabregas.
Both teams played out an entertaining first half with Morata spurning a glorious one-on-one chance for Chelsea to take the lead while Lacazette and Ozil also fluffed their lines when given the chance. Ozil was the first half’s stand-out performer alongside the 20-year-old Maitland Niles who showed an impressive composure which did not bely his age.
Arsenal dominated the second half even more, with Ozil spurning another chance before Jack Wilshere smashed in Arsenal’s opener. Morata spurned yet another chance and against the run of play, Hazard drew a foul in the box and the referee wasted no time in pointing at the spot.
Quite a number of fans would rightly argue that the penalty was perhaps too soft to have been given but it has been the story of Arsenal’s season as Hazard converted from the resulting penalty. Chelsea’s second goal came again some minutes later as Alonso calmly headed home from close range as the match drew to a close.
Welbeck came on in place of the ineffectual Lacazette late in the game and with four minutes added time, Bellerin was Arsenal’s hero as he drew Arsenal level with a well taken shot. It did not quite end there as a wasteful Alvaro Morata missed yet another chance to cap up what was a forgettable game for him while the resulting chance was smashed against the bar.