Soccer NewsWednesday 3rd January 2018

Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea player ratings, stats and reaction: Thriller ends in draw, CFC duo endure nightmare

Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea player ratings, stats and reaction: Thriller ends in draw, CFC duo endure nightmare

Arsenal left it late but they secured a dramatic point in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Chelsea at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

Jack Wilshere broke the deadlock in the second half, but the Gunners midfielder saw his effort cancelled out almost immediately as Eden Hazard struck from the penalty spot.

Chelsea looked to have claimed all three points when Marcos Alonso scored his sixth goal of the season, but compatriot Hector Bellerin had other ideas as he swept home a brilliant equaliser in injury time to ensure that the two sides had to share the spoils.

It was an enthralling encounter between the two rivals, with only Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech preventing the scoring starting earlier. In turn, the Belgian shot-stopper in particular scores highly with us and he produced some great saves to keep his side in it.

Tiemoue Bakayoko disappointed, as did Alvaro Morata who missed some great goalscoring opportunities which ultimately proved costly. In contrast, Alonso bags a decent rating as he continues his impressive goalscoring form, as seen in the tweet below.

As for Arsenal, it wasn’t a great night for their backline, but Wilshere starred in midfield as he ended a goal drought in the Premier League dating back to May 2015, as did Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the left flank aside from the build-up to Alonso’s goal.

All in all, perhaps a draw was a fair result as both sides had their chances. Nevertheless, it doesn’t help them much when it comes to the battle for a top four finish as they would have been desperate to claim all three points in this one.

Arsenal player ratings: Cech 7; Chambers 6, Mustafi 7, Holding 7; Bellerin 7, Wilshere 7, Xhaka 6, Maitland-Niles 7; Ozil 7, Sanchez 7, Lacazette 6.

Substitutes: Welbeck N/A, Walcott N/A.

Chelsea player ratings: Courtois 8; Azpilicueta 7, Christensen 7, Cahill 7; Moses 6, Fabregas 7, Kante 7, Bakayoko 5, Alonso 6; Hazard 7; Morata 5.

Substitutes: Zappacosta 6, Drinkwater 6, Willian N/A.

Both sets of supporters unsurprisingly thought that their respective team should have won the game, although from an Arsenal perspective, they were evidently delighted to see Wilshere back on the scoresheet and the contentious penalty decision in particular was still a talking point…

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