EPL: Arsenal 2 – 2 Chelsea Highlights


This could have ended 10-10. Instead it was 10 out of 10 for entertainment. In an incredibly open, chaotic encounter, Arsenal and Chelsea fought out a draw, a remarkable advert for the Premier League, and a game that neither side felt like they could lose.

In the cold light of day it is a better result for Chelsea, as Arsenal went from almost snatching defeat from the jaws of victory to saving themselves with an injury-time equaliser. Even then, in keeping with what had gone on for the previous 92 minutes, they were close to losing it as Chelsea struck the goal-frame. It would have been typical Arsenal.

It means they remain in sixth and still face a fight to finish in the top four but, had they lost, the recriminations, the angst, the anger would have swirled around the Emirates.

It was full-throttle, relentless and open, and exploded into life with an Arsenal error. Victor Moses launched a hopeful long ball forward, and Shkodran Mustafi completely misjudged it, as did Calum Chambers, who failed to react, believing it would easily run through to goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Instead, it simply allowed Alvaro Morata to sprint clear. But the striker got his angles horribly wrong as he opened up his body and side-footed the ball woefully wide. He surely had to score. Soon after, Morata narrowly failed to connect with a cross, inside the ­six-yard area, with Cech collecting the ball. Again, he should have done better.


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