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Bellerin’s Late Strike Earns Arsenal Draw With Chelsea

Bellerin’s Late Strike Earns Arsenal Draw With Chelsea

by | 4th January 2018
Hector Bellerin celebrates his late goal against Chelsea

Hector Bellerin‘s stunning injury-time strike earned Arsenal a dramatic 2-2 draw in a heated London derby against Chelsea in one of the most entertaining matches of the Premier League season so far.

 

The two sides shared an incredible 33 chances, with the heroic keeping of Gunners’ Petr Cech and Blues’ Thibaut Courtois ensuring only four goals were conceded.

 

Courtois had made exceptional stops to deny Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette before he was finally beaten when Jack Wilshere fired high past him in the 63rd minute.

 

The lead only lasted four minutes, Eden Hazard converting from the spot to level after his foot had been caught by Bellerin.

 

Chelsea must have thought they had secured all three points when Marcos Alonso flicked home substitute Davide Zappacosta‘s low cross after 84 minutes.

 

But in the second minute of stoppage time, Bellerin produced an exceptional half-volley to earn the Gunners a point.

 

There was more drama seconds from the end when Zappacosta’s shot thundered off Cech’s crossbar.

 

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.