The Blues frustratingly let two points slip at Stamford Bridge against 10-man Arsenal who twice came from behind – and a slip played a big part in it.
All was set fair for Frank Lampard’s men, with a one-goal lead from the first half, scored by Jorginho from the penalty spot following a foul on Tammy Abraham which resulted in our former player David Luiz being dismissed, and we were pushing hard for a second goal.
But with just over an hour played and from a Chelsea corner, the visitors counter-attacked and were aided greatly when N’Golo Kante fell at the vital moment. Gabriel Martinelli was the Arsenal goalscorer.
However we took the lead again inside the final 10 minutes when Cesar Azpilicueta scored from a corner but it was not enough as our London rivals levelled for the second time in the game soon after – Hector Bellerin sending a low shot through the home side’s defences.
There was the additional concern after the final whistle of injured topscorer Abraham being helped off the pitch.
The first 45 goes the Blues way
There was no repeat tonight of the sluggish start by Chelsea in what ultimately proved our win at the Emirates in December. Although it took just under half-an-hour to take the lead, a goal always looked possible before that.
Kepa did get away with a misdirected kick out in the game’s first moment of drama but Chelsea cut Arsenal open in the sixth minute when Callum Hudson-Odoi linked up with Azpilicueta to tee up Mateo Kovacic. The shot was blocked by Mustafi (very painfully so with where it hit him!) and the Chelsea crowd was not amused when the ref brought play to a halt for what certainly wasn’t a head injury. The ball had struck the defender quite a lot lower.
Andreas Christensen sent a corner wide of the Arsenal goal with a stooping header before on 15 minutes, Abraham headed on-target after Rudiger had nodded back a Hudson-Odoi cross but it was too close to the keeper.