Arsenal, Chelsea in thrilling EPL draw

Simon Cambers
Chelsea's Marcos Alonso scores against Arsenal in the English Premier League on Wednesday

A late equaliser from Hector Bellerin gave Arsenal a 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Wednesday, denying the visitors second spot in the Premier League after a thrilling battle.

The defender's half-volley, two minutes into injury time, pinched a point for the hosts after Marcos Alonso looked to have won it with Chelsea's second goal six minutes from time.

The result left Chelsea third, one point behind Manchester United in second, while Arsenal remained sixth.

Bellerin's late strike atoned for the challenge on Hazard that had allowed the Belgian to equalise, four minutes after Jack Wilshere had given Arsenal the lead.

Chelsea could have won it right at the end when Davide Zappacosta's shot hit the woodwork, and Hazard said afterwards he felt Chelsea had done enough to take all three points.

"It was a 50-50 match, both teams played a really good game," Hazard said.

"Maybe we should have scored more, we missed some chances. The last shot should have been a goal. We are happy ... [but] ... I think we should have won this game because of the chances we had."

After a lung-busting first half, Wilshere put Arsenal in front on 63 minutes, finishing off a slick move with an unstoppable shot.

But the lead lasted just four minutes as Bellerin was adjudged to have fouled Hazard and the forward coolly slotted the penalty into the net.

Alonso then thought he had won it for Chelsea when he scored the second but Bellerin atoned for his penalty mistake with a superb equaliser.

"It was non-stop football, running up and down," Bellerin said. "We worked hard all week. It was a great reaction towards the end.

"It was great to score. I haven't scored in a while. I'm happy with the goal and the reaction of the whole team."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger rued another penalty decision going against his side, following one in the last match against West Brom.

"It was a remarkable game," Wenger said. "Once again we got a very bad decision against us.

"We have to account in our preparation for that's what we have to face. You see good football. Unfortunately you see as well bad decisions.

"I don't want to start [talking about individual decisions] because it gets me frustrated and upset."