Bellerin Stoppage Time Strike Salvages Point For Arsenal In Stunning London Derby
- Author: Julie Sanders Jan 13, 2018,
Jan 13, 2018, 6:51
If anyone thought the second half was going to be slower, then they could not have been more mistaken. The Chelsea forward scored from the spot to make it 1-1 after Jack Wilshere had put the Gunners ahead.
Wenger also hinted he would contest the FA charge, saying: "You can listen to every interview and I stick to everything I said without any problem". Arsenal replied shortly after thanks to Alexis Sanchez - who ended starting despite the speculation of a potential transfer to Manchester City - but the Chilean sent the ball wide off the left post.
Wilshere has had a hard time with injuries in recent years, so perhaps he could get better as the season progresses, but despite flashes of brilliance tonight, there remains a question mark over him as a player, and whether he is capable of consistently competing at the highest level.
Chelsea, by contrast were prepared to be a be a bit more adventurous, especially on the counter-attack, which yielded several corners. "I saw the ball in the air and I tried to challenge for it". On both of those nights Arsenal conceded three goals and it was only poor finishing, especially from Alvaro Morata, that limited Chelsea to two here.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles - 8 - Making his fourth Premier League start this season, the youngster looked as though he had been part of the Arsenal defence all season.
"The only thing we care about is when they are on the pitch, they give everything". Chelsea won 2-1 as Cech was denied a clean sheet.
The next step now for Wilshere is surely nailing down that new contract, as it's evident that Arsenal need him big time. The Gunners began to play better, and they were rewarded midway into the second half.
Then here against Chelsea the defending, despite the extra man, was as bad as ever, reminiscent of the recent games with Manchester United and Liverpool, on 2 and 22 December. It was another night where the Frenchman will feel a tad disappointed that he didn't get on the scoresheet.
'Since he has not played for England and I would say that means that everybody had given up on him.
Morata had the best chance of an end-to-end first 15 minutes, the Spain global racing clean through on goal after a mistake from Calum Chambers - part of a three-man defence with Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi - only to side-foot well wide of Petr Cech's left-hand post.
But Arsenal hit back and started to dominate the match.
Arsene Wenger made the extraordinary claim that he knew beforehand his Arsenal team would be the victim of a "farcical" refereeing decision as he continued to rage against perceived injustice at the hands of officials.
Cesar Azpilicueta - 7 - Another good performance for the Spaniard, stopping Arsenal in their tracks on several occasions.