Mikel Arteta and Arsenal earned a point in the London derby at Chelsea. Jorginho scored twice in the 28th minute and Cesar Azpilicueta (85′) gave Chelsea the lead twice, but Arsenal equalised twice. Gabriel Martinelli (64′) and Héctor Belleron (87′) scored for Arsenal, who were outnumbered for an hour after David Luiz (26′) was rushed to the brakes.
Arsenal are unbeaten in four league games, but have played three draws in a row. The Gunners had lost 1-2 on Mikel Arteta’s home debut as Arsenal coach after a late goal – this time they had a response to a late setback. With points shared, Arsenal remain 10th in the Premier League, while Chelsea are fourth.
Arsenal started without their red card striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, leaving the ball to Chelsea and attacking from the centre line. After a quarter of an hour, Tammy Abraham came with a header in the arms of Bernd Leno for Chelsea’s first opportunity (15th). Shortly after, teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi slapped the left side at the helm (16th). After about 20 minutes, Arsenal were higher. With his own ball possession, six-man Xhaka granite moved several times to the left defender’s position so that Bukayo Saka could participate in the offensive play.
Luiz sees red
No sooner had Arsenal changed direction, but Chelsea’s lead fell. A back pass from Shkodran Mustafi from midfield to goalkeeper Bernd Leno failed. Abraham of Chelsea ran the ball, dribbled past Leno and was brought back by David Luiz in the penalty area (26th). Referee Stuart Attwell showed the defender the red card, ending Luiz’s first return to Stamford Bridge after moving to Arsenal last summer. Jorginho converted the penalty to take the lead for Chelsea (28th). After the goal, the hosts withdrew and let Arsenal start more often, but there was no more chance of the Gunners before the break.
It wasn’t until the 64th minute that Arsenal got their first shot on goal – and scored to equalise. A Chelsea corner cleared Mustafi’s header into the foot of 18-year-old Gabriel Martinelli. He sprinted and was lucky that N’Golo Kanté was the last defender to stumble over Chelsea’s halfway line. Martinelli had the field free and after his sprint, he hit the half-court to equalize (64th).
The final phase was spectacular. After a corner kick, Hudson-Odoi flanked Arsenal’s penalty area and Azpilicueta pushed the ball over the line to take a 2-1 (85th) lead. But the hope of a victory did not last long. Two minutes later, Belleron dribbled from the right wing to the center and hit the 16-yard goal to tie the game again on the left.