Ten-man Arsenal held Chelsea to 2-2 draw in EPL Matchday 24 yesterday Tuesday in the very home of the Blues Stanford Bridge. Chelsea lost to Newcastle United in the last minute of the game. Arsenal also drew with Sheffield United and both team clashed with hopes of regaining their winning form.
David Luiz was sent off in the first 26th minute of the game to reduce the away team to be ten. Luiz brought down Tammy Abraham in the penalty box which resulted to a penalty and gave the home side a chance to be in front. Jorginho scored from the resulting spot-kick before 18-year-old Gabriel Martinelli scored a brilliant equaliser after a slip by N’Golo Kante. Cesar Azpilicueta to restore Chelsea’s lead late on.
How Ten-Man Arsenal Held Chelsea down
Yet ten-man Arsenal capped a spirited display when Hector Bellerin marked his return from injury with a dramatic equalizer from the edge of the penalty area. Mikel Arteta speaking to media said “To do that against this kind of opponent in this stadium, I really value,” “The way they have done it, with the spirit they have done it, that’s great.
“I wasn’t here a few weeks ago but what I am demanding every day they are trying their best to do it. The togetherness and leadership they showed today, this is what I wanted to see. “We are going in the right direction but I think tonight is a special night for everybody.”
The Ten-man Arsenal was United -Mikel Arteta
Arsenal remain 10 points off a Champions League spot and, despite this battling performance, they have won just one of their last eight Premier League games. They also face the prospect of finishing outside the top six for the first time since 1994-95.
In addition, Arteta remains without an away win since taking charge in December yet he witnessed a gutsy response from his side, who played better with 10 men than they did with 11.
Luiz, who has given away three penalties in the Premier League this season – more than any other player – was left with little choice after Mustafi’s under-hit pass let in Abraham.
Mustafi made up for his error with a clearance from a Chelsea corner which allowed Martinelli to burst forward and, after Kante’s slip in the centre circle, produce a sublime finish under Kepa Arrizabalaga. Chelsea looked like they had secured a first top-flight double over their London neighbours in four years when Azpilicueta restored their lead in the closing minutes but Arteta’s side were not done.
Having dropped 13 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, they showed a determination that has been missing and, with just their second shot of the game, Bellerin rifled in an equaliser to seal a fourth successive away league draw.
“We showed big character,” Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, who moved to defence after Luiz’s red card, said. “A lot of people say we have no character in the team. We showed in this game we have.”This result will feel like a defeat for Frank Lampard and his Chelsea players. Even before Luiz’s dismissal and Jorginho’s goal from the spot, the Blues dominated and should have been ahead after a hesitant start by the Gunners.
Having lost to a 93rd-minute goal at Newcastle on Saturday, Chelsea came flying out of the blocks.
Andreas Christensen headed wide from a corner when the Denmark defender should have done better while Abraham was six yards out when he nodded another early chance straight at Leno. Callum Hudson-Odoi hit the top of the bar with a looping cross before Chelsea – who forced 17 corners and peppered Arsenal’s goal with 19 shots – eventually took the lead.
Yet Chelsea have managed just three clean sheets in the last 15 league and cup games and their failure to take their chances came back to haunt them. On a disappointing night for the hosts, Abraham had to be helped off the pitch at full-time after colliding with an advertising board in the closing moments of the game.