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Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea: Five Things We Learned

12 January 2018

Arsene Wenger faces further Football Association disciplinary action after describing disputed refereeing decisions as "concerning coincidences".

Conte backed Alvaro Morata after the striker missed two glorious chances, while the Blues were indebted to a Thibaut Courtois save which pushed Alexis Sanchez's shot on to both posts.

The drama was not over, as Morata failed to convert his third gilt-edged chance of the match.

Right back Lee Dixon
Arsenal hold Chelsea 2-2 in thriller

But Eden Hazard converted from the spot to level four minutes later, after the Belgian was fouled by Hector Bellerin.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains unrepentant over recent comments about penalty decisions against the Gunners after the FA asked the Frenchman to clarify his position.

Chelsea almost hit straight back to snatch all three points but again Morata's shot lacked conviction and Zappacosta's follow up cannoned off the crossbar to the relief of the Arsenal fans who had hardly finished celebrating before the Italian struck the woodwork.

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Arsenal subsequently began to dominate the play, and Wilshere finally broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute after Courtois had again made a fine save from Lacazette.

Chelsea came from behind to take the lead at 2-1 only ten minutes before the end.

A sweeping crossfield move in the 84th minute saw Zappacosta get the better of Arsenal's inexperienced left back Ainsley Maitland-Niles before rifling in a low cross that Alonso met sweetly to give Cech no chance.

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Arsenal's defense was again inconsistent as the second half began, and Cech had to step in and save a couple Chelsea shots. A weak effort aimed straight at Cech was followed by a thunderbolt courtesy of right wing back Zappacosta, who nigh-on dented the crossbar.

Hazard scored the penalty to cancel out Jack Wilshere's opener and, after Marcos Alonso put Chelsea in front, Arsenal needed a last-gasp Bellerin equaliser to escape with a point.

Video of the entire news conference is embedded above, and you can see Wenger's throwaway line about committing suicide around the 6:30 mark. I have been in England for 21 years and I try to serve this game with honesty, integrity and, when I have something to say, I say it. A 2-1 win over West Brom on Tuesday night ended a three-game run without a win for David Moyes side.

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Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea: Five Things We Learned