Fidelity bank banner Camano banner
Arsenal survive Chelsea scare in Emirates thriller

By News Express on 04/01/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 992

•Bellerin (R) whips the ball past Chelsea defenders and goalkeeper Courtois last night at the Emir
•Bellerin (R) whips the ball past Chelsea defenders and goalkeeper Courtois last night at the Emir

Hector Bellerin came to Arsenal’s rescue as the defender’s last-gasp strike earned a dramatic 2-2 draw in a heated London derby against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Bellerin looked set to be the villain of the piece for Arsenal after the Spaniard’s foul on Eden Hazard conceded a penalty that allowed the Chelsea star to cancel out Jack Wilshere’s opener.

When Marcos Alonso put Chelsea in front with just six minutes left at the Emirates Stadium, Bellerin’s misery seemed complete.

But the 22-year-old enjoyed a sweet moment of redemption in the 90th minute as he lashed in only his second goal of the season.

The frenetic conclusion to a thrilling encounter actually did little for either team’s prospects in the Premier League.

Chelsea remain in third place, one point behind Manchester United and 16 adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City.

Arsenal, who have now won only once in 13 league meetings with Chelsea, are languishing in sixth place, five points behind fourth placed Liverpool in the battle to qualify for the Champions League.

In an early sign of the drama to come, Alvaro Morata squandered a golden opportunity to put Chelsea ahead when Arsenal defender Calum Chambers completely misjudged a long pass.

Morata pounced on the loose ball and sprinted clear but with only Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech to beat, the Spain striker scuffed woefully wide.

Foreshadowing the penalty angst to come for Wenger, Ainsley Maitland-Niles had a spot-kick appeal turned down following Victor Moses’ challenge.

It looked a good decision by referee Anthony Taylor however and there was more frustration for Wenger moments later.

Alexis Sanchez wriggled into position for a powerful shot that Thibaut Courtois pushed onto one post, with the ball rolling agonisingly along the goalline, then hitting the other post before rebounding into the keeper’s arms.

If that was a stroke of luck for Chelsea, there was no fortune about Courtois’s next contribution as he produced a fine save to deny Alexandre Lacazette after the Arsenal forward turned Gary Cahill and unleashed a powerful low strike.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil almost opened the scoring just before half-time with a stinging drive that whistled narrowly wide.

Cech was called into action twice in quick succession after the interval as he repelled Hazard’s low shot and palmed away Alonso’s header.

Courtois was matching Cech save for save and the Belgian produced another brilliant block to stop Lacazette’s close-range effort.

But the Chelsea keeper was finally beaten in the 63rd minute.

Ozil picked out Rob Holding on the edge of the area and when the defender’s pass was deflected into Wilshere’s path, he reacted instinctively to drive his shot high into the net at Courtois’s near post.

It was Wilshere’s first league goal since May 2015, although he might have been fortune to still be on the pitch after avoiding a second booking for a theatrical tumble just before he scored.

Yet the crucial moment in a pulsating clash came just four minutes later.

As Hazard twisted and turned inside the Arsenal area, Bellerin rashly stuck out a leg to halt his progress and Taylor pointed to the spot.

Hazard stepped up to convert the 67th minute penalty for his ninth Chelsea goal this season.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had ranted darkly about refereeing conspiracies after Arsenal’s Calum Chambers conceded a debatable penalty for handball in Sunday’s draw at West Bromwich Albion.

The Frenchman has already been charged by the Football Association for his angry protests at the weekend, but his expression after the decision suggests another blast is in the offing.

When Alonso timed his run perfectly to meet Davide Zappacosta’s cross with a cool finish in the 84th minute, it seemed certain Chelsea would start 2018 in winning style.

But Bellerin was determined not to end the night as the fall guy and the wing-back pounced on Alonso’s weak header to crash in the equaliser.

Even then there was almost a sting in the tale when Zappacosta smashed against the bar in stoppage-time.

•Credit (except headline): AFP.

Source News Express

Posted 04/01/2018 05:52:08 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Ambode holds 2nd Town Hall Meeting today

Female suicide bombers suspected in deadly Maiduguri blasts...

I am not in politics for fun, frivolity...

Ramadan: Niger Governor warns shylock traders

Nigeria loses over 100,000 children annually to inadequate...

All-female crew operates Air Peace flight to Abuja,...

Amosun’s governorship candidate dumps APC

AMCON storms Lagos, Ogun; seizes properties over N4.68bn...

Why Ihedioha is a darling of Aboh Mbaise/Ngor...

Bomb blast: Police tighten security in FCT

FIRS seals popular Abuja hotel

MASSOB chief warns of imminent bloodshed during Owerri...

 

Latest News 2019: How Igbos are working for Buhari’s re-election Passenger, conductor die over N100 Miyetti Allah insists on grazing reserve Enugu govt. pays 13th month salary to workers Drug abuse will cause generation of mad people – Group Lawmakers clear way for Buhari’s 2019 Budget presentation NBA President arraigned over N1.4bn fraud allegations, gets N250m bail Ekiti Assembly suspends LG chairmen, councilors ASUU Strike: Varsity students to resume in January: FG Couple jailed after naming their child Adolf Hitler You’re not doing enough for Igbo, MASSOB tells Ekweremadu FG opens barricaded section of Lagos/Ibadan expressway to commuters

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (431,276 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (395,644 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (328,503 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (282,789 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (248,502 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (229,580 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (212,598 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (193,821 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (180,310 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (170,849 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (167,646 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (154,073 views)

 

CBN banner Zenith Zero Balance First Bank chat banking

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (76) Business & Economy (3,891) Business Verdict (54) Columnists (974) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (575) Features (681) Global Business Monitor (313) International (2,842) Interview (167) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (147) Maggie's Blog (79) News (41,556) Opinion (1,154) Pidgin (13) Politics (8,231) Religion (920) Sports (1,830) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera