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Chelsea held by Arsenal at the Emirates


Goals from Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso helped Chelsea come from behind to lead Arsenal at the Emirates, but an injury time Gunners goal meant the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

It was end-to-end football from the first whistle, as both teams looked to score the opening goal, but it took until the second-half for Arsenal to break the deadlock.

Jack Wilshere's goal was quickly cancelled out by a Hazard penalty, before Marcos Alonso scored his sixth goal of the season to put Chelsea ahead.

Alonso, who is the Premier League's top scoring defender, didn't score the last goal, however, as Arsenal managed a last-gasp equaliser in injury time.

Thibaut Courtois makes a brilliant save!

Thibaut Courtois put on a heroic display in goal, making plenty of saves, while the back three of Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Gary Cahill were also in good form.

In midfield, N'Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas started plenty of attacks, while Alonso and Victor Moses were constant threats down the wings.

Man of the match Eden Hazard was in sparkling form, while his fellow striker Alvaro Morata was unlucky not to score himself.

In fact, Morata had the first great chance to put Chelsea ahead, but put his shot wide after being released for a one-on-one with ex-Blue Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal.

Minutes later, the Spanish international couldn't connect with a Moses cross, which Cech was able to smother.

Arsenal almost went ahead next, but Alexis Sanchez's strike bounced off both posts before Courtois grabbed it.

The Chelsea keeper was in action again soon after, diving low to his left to make a great save after Alexandre Lacazette spun and shot on goal.

Eden Hazard equalises from the penalty spot

There was still plenty to talk about before half-time: Alonso couldn't keep his free-kick down, after Bakayoko was brought down on the edge of the box, while at the other end former Barcelona teammates Sanchez and Cesc came together only to hug it out!

Alonso was at it again in the second-half, bringing the best out of Cech with a clever header. But it was Arsenal who took the lead when Wilshere fired an unstoppable strike off the near post and in.

Less than five minutes later Chelsea equalised. Eden Hazard was fouled in the area, and the Belgian stepped up to hammer the penalty in.

Morata came close to putting Chelsea ahead soon after, but sliced his shot just wide, so it fell to another Spaniard to make an impact: Marcos Alonso.

In the 84th minute, substitute Davide Zappacosta battled his way to the penalty area and fired a low cross into the six-yard box. Alonso pounced on the ball like a striker and finished it brilliantly.

Marcos Alonso puts Chelsea ahead

But Chelsea were denied all three points in injury time when Arsenal equalised through Hector Bellerin.

‘For sure I know also in my players there is a lot of disappointment and for sure my feeling is the same as my players,’ said Conte after the match. ‘It was a good performance and we played with good intensity, like Arsenal did and it was an exciting game, but at the same time we must be a bit disappointed with the final result because to get three points today was very important.’

Next up for Chelsea is an FA Cup tie against Norwich City, before the Blues play Arsenal again, but this time in the League Cup!

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