Hector Bellerin struck a late goal as Arsenal held Chelsea to a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge this evening.
The Blues thought they had won it when Cesar Azpilicueta netted six minutes from time but it wasn’t to be with Bellerin scoring a dramatic late leveller for an Arsenal side who had seen former Blues defender David Luiz sent-off in the first half.
Tammy Abraham should have broken the deadlock for Chelsea early on but he could only head the ball straight at Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno before Callum Hudson-Odoi’s wicked cross struck the bar.
The Blues were then awarded a penalty kick when Abraham was fouled in the box by David Luiz who was issued a red card. Jorginho stepped up to take the spot kick and successfully converted from 12 yards.
Hudson-Odoi went close to doubling The Blues’ lead before the break but he saw his vicious strike kept out by Leno.
Arsenal levelled matters just after the hour mark when Shkodran Mustafi played in Gabriel Martinelli to score from close range.
Leno then gathered shots from Antonio Rudiger and Willian before the German pushed a Ross Barkley header to safety.
Chelsea regained the lead with six minutes left. Hudson-Odoi delivered the ball into the box following a corner and Azpilicueta was there to fire it into the back of the net.
Frank Lampard’s men looked to have done enough to claim a hard fought three points until 10-man Arsenal again battled back with just three minutes left. Bellerin took aim from distance and the ball flew beyond Blues keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga into the net.
Chelsea return to action on Saturday when they travel to Hull City in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round.