Arsenal 2 Chelsea 2: Bellerin belter snatches point in derby thriller

Chelsea's Eden Hazard

Arsene Wenger on Wednesday night escalated his attack on Premier League refereeing and risked further disciplinary action after suggesting that he knew Chelsea's "farcical" penalty was coming.

"Obviously, they are important - they are two big players", he said.

Three minutes later, Chelsea were awarded a penalty when Hector Bellerin was adjudged to have brought down Hazard, who stepped up and smashed home the spot-kick, 1-1.

The topical position of full back proved influential in tonight's pulsating 2-2 draw between Arsenal and Chelsea. In the fourteenth minute, Chelsea's Alvaro Morata had a golden chance on a breakaway-but with only Petr Cech still in his way, he pulled his shot wide of the goal.

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. I knew before the game that the last 20 minutes could be hard for us, because we have a big disadvantage with the schedule.

There was more drama seconds from the end when Zappacosta's shot thundered off Cech's crossbar.It was error-strewn and exhilarating end to a back-breaking festive period for both sides.

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A minute later Lacazette nearly doubled the lead but his shot inside the box was saved by Courtois.

Chelsea nearly won it at the death through the wasteful Morata but he hit his effort straight at Cech before Zappacosta hit the bar. Castigating press for not talking about football, and not criticising refs, having himself willingly talked about refs, and then talking about how we have to accept refs have impossible job. Er... It was perhaps soft, and Hazard went to ground very easily, but there was no question he got kicked.

Bellerin somewhat made amends for conceding the penalty with a superbly taken volley to equalise in stoppage time after Marcos Alonso thought he'd won the game for the visitors in the 84th minute with a near-post finish.

Wenger said before the game against Chelsea: "I must say what is more frustrating for me is that it happened many times this season - at Stoke, at Watford, at Manchester City, at West Brom".

His tone turned conspiratorial when he highlighted how Tottenham Hotspur's opener in their 2-0 win at Swansea on Tuesday had been offside while they might have had Davinson Sanchez sent off.

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