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Bellerin strikes late for Arsenal in exciting draw with Chelsea | Match Report.

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Bellerin swerves in late equaliser - moments later Morata misses & Zappacosta hits crossbar (Reuters)


 By Saj Chowdhury | BBC Sport

Hector Bellerin's stunning injury-time strike earned Arsenal a point against Chelsea in one of most entertaining matches of the Premier League season so far.

The two sides shared an incredible 30 chances, with the heroic keeping of Gunners' Petr Cech and Blues' Thibaut Courtois ensuring only four goals were conceded.

Alonso side-foots in Zappacosta's low cross for Chelsea lead (Reuters)

Courtois had made exceptional stops to deny Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette before he was finally beaten when Jack Wilshere fired high past the Belgian in the 63rd minute.

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The lead only lasted four minutes, with Eden Hazard converting from the spot to level after he had been fouled by Hector Bellerin.

Chelsea must have thought they had secured all three points when Marcos Alonso flicked home substitute Davide Zappacosta's low cross after 84 minutes.

But in the second minute of stoppage time, Bellerin produced an exceptional half-volley to earn the Gunners a point.

There was more drama seconds from the end when Zappacosta's shot thundered off Cech's crossbar.

Stunning strikes earn Gunners point

It was both error strewn and exhilarating, and perhaps a surprising end to a back-breaking festive period for both sides.

Arsenal, playing their sixth game in 19 days, just had the upper hand in the opening exchanges.

Sanchez saw his shot come off both posts after a stunning stop from Courtois, before the Belgian keeper pushed away a low strike from Lacazette.

The French summer signing was a constant menace to the Blues defence during his 80 minutes on the pitch. He had another low effort that came off the heel of Courtois and was denied again by the Chelsea keeper when his turn and shot was pushed around the post.

Wilshere lashes in at near post, Hazard levels from spot after Bellerin foul

However, it was Wilshere and Bellerin - with two goals between them this season - who managed to find a way past Courtois.

Wilshere, who had not scored in the top flight since May 2015, gave the Gunners the lead when he smashed home high past the keeper from eight yards out.

And with the Gunners staring at defeat, Bellerin, who conceded the penalty, produced a brilliant side-foot half volley to raise the roof at the Emirates.
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