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Arsenal 2 - 2 Chelsea: Player ratings

Arsenal 2 - 2 Chelsea: Player ratings

"At some stage in football you have to stand up to the referee's decisions".

Conte backed Alvaro Morata after the striker missed two glorious chances, while the Blues were indebted to a Thibaut Courtois save which pushed Alexis Sanchez's shot on to both posts.

Alvaro Morata completed a awful night's work by firing an effort straight at Cech after being put through one-on-one with the Gunners 'keeper for the third time on the night.

And just three minutes later, Eden Hazard went down (clutching his shin) in Arsenal's box after the lightest of taps (on the foot) from Hector Bellerin, and slotted the resulting penalty home, leveling the score.

It was manager Arsene Wenger's 60th match against Chelsea in his long Arsenal reign but few could have provided as much goalmouth action as this classic.

There was still time for Chelsea substitute Davide Zappacosta to hit the crossbar but defeat would have been harsh on Arsenal who had 14 goal attempts to Chelsea's 19.

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The Arsenal manager, however, admitted to being close to "shock" in the dying minutes of the match before his side drew level.

Chelsea tackle Norwich in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, having established themselves as third in the Premier League standings, albeit 16 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City.

Courtois also made another brilliant save from Alexandre Lacazette down to his left-hand side to keep Chelsea in the game.

Chelsea came from behind to take the lead at 2-1 only ten minutes before the end. Pulling themselves together, Arsenal took the ball back down to the other end and almost scored twice, with the ball rolling along the Chelsea goal line until Thibaut Courtois got to it before any Gunners could. It was perhaps soft, and Hazard went to ground very easily, but there was no question he got kicked. "At the end of the day, we always spend time on talking about things that are not really important in the game".

Marcos Alonso thought he had scored the victor on 84 minutes after slotting in Zappacosta's low cross but Hector Bellerin grabbed a late equaliser in the 92nd minute to rescue a point for Arsenal. "What I find awful, is that we have just seen a great football game and we talk only about things that have nothing to do with football". Asked what he meant by saying that he "knew that as well before", Wenger said: "I mean nothing".


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