Arsenal somehow pulled a miraculous point from the bag after staring at a likely defeat for so long, after a late Hector Bellerin goal and showing amazing character.
One of the main reasons why we were under the cosh for the majority of the game was a blatant breaking of the rules by a match official as David Luiz was sent off on the 26th minute despite a penalty being awarded.
We may have still been unable to earn that first win at Stamford Bridge since 2011, but this point shines a light on all the positive work that Mikel Arteta is doing behind the scenes. We showed belief and will to claw back from a losing position and deny Chelsea the win, something we couldn’t have said a few months ago.
Arteta kept Mustafi in the lineup after his strong display against Sheffield United and Hector Bellerin came back into the side and grabbed the captains armband.
The first half? Chelsea came out of the blocks rapidly and were not letting our side out of our half. We were insisting on playing it out from the back and it was causing Gooners everywhere palpitations as Chelsea pressed us into some panicked decision.
It was Antonio Rudiger who had the earliest clear-cut chance as he earned some space and drove a header just wide of the post. It was a let-off for us, but we didn’t rouse from our shell, as we couldn’t. Chelsea were hungry and we couldn’t cope.
The Blues were gifted the advantage however. Mustafi attempted a back pass to Leno but it fell too short. Abraham raced onto the loose ball and Luiz brought down the England striker - and the referee awarded the spot kick – and reviewed VAR to decide Luiz’s fate. The video ref then stood by the ref’s decision to send off Luiz, which contravenes the newly introduced ‘Double Jeopardy’ rule that states if a penalty is awarded, a red card can only be given to the offender if it is serious foul play. Luiz clearly went for the ball so this has the potential to be appealed.
That didn’t help us at the time though, and Jorginho nonchalantly stroked home the penalty to give the home side the lead.
We did well to keep it tight and go into the break just a goal down, and the second half needed something special to get something from this game. Martinelli was looking lively and Arteta on the 55th minute, took off the ineffectual Ozil for the vibrant Guendouzi, Then, nine minutes later with Chelsea sniffing out a second, Martinelli was let loose to run the length of the half to cooly despatch a finish past Kepa. A great goal and we had a point to protect.
That prompted Lampard to make a double change and they again pressed but our defence, which included Xhaka at centre-half, held firm.
They did, until Azpilicueta struck in the 84th minute, which looked like it would take the points.
No one told Arsenal though, as Bellerin cut inside from the right and struck a low shot that curled into the far bottom corner.
It was enough to see us share the points, but was there anything that stood out?
Ozil Out Of The Game
The German was not the man to make the difference here. We had our backs to the wall and needed every man to put in the elbow grease. Ozil covered plenty of yards, but his display wasn’t the most exciting. More please Mesut.
Give Gabriel A Bigger Contract
I know he has only just signed, but every indicator points to Martinelli being out of this world. Tie him up to a massive contract and better money.
Makeshift Defence Was Key
When Luiz was sent off, we feared the worst. Mustafi repelled so much from Chelsea and Xhaka also put everything into giving us enough to snatch an unlikely draw.
Arsenal Show Grit
So refreshing to see us not treat a goal being scored against us as a defeat instantly. No heads dropped, we kept to our task. Arteta is working hard.
Rate the Team from this game – who would you say was our MOTM?