Date: 4th January 2018 at 4:40pm

Arsenal and Chelsea played out a pulsating 2-2 draw at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

Arsene Wenger turned to a relatively inexperienced backline which struggled throughout the contest. Early on saw a long ball over the top misjudged by Callum Chambers allowing Alvaro Morata to run through one on one – the Spaniard misplaced his shot to the relief of the Gunners crowd.

The Gunners had their chances and when Alexis Sanchez’s snap shot hit both posts, many would have been forgiven for thinking it was not going to be Arsenal’s night.

But it was Arsenal who opened the scoring on 63 minutes when Rob Holding found Jack Wilshere inside the box and the England man rifled the ball into the near post.

Yet just four minutes later, Arsenal hearts sank when when referee Anthony Taylor controversially pointed to the spot for the Blues. Taylor adjudged Hector Bellerin to have kicked Eden Hazards’ boot – the Belgian went down theatrically, but picked himself up to draw the Blues level.

Chelsea then went in front 6 minutes from time when Davide Zapacosta’s low cross was met by Marcos Alonso.

Many thought that would be it, but deep into stoppage time the ball dropped to Hector Bellerin just inside the area and the full-back stroked the ball on the half-volley to send the Emirates into ecstasy.

Here’s THREE things we learned…

NOT MORATA’S NIGHT

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Arsenal can count themselves lucky that Alvaro Morata forgot to pack his shooting boots. The Spaniard missed three guilt-edge chances, but failed to get on the scoresheet.

If not for a more clinical evening, Chelsea could have had five.

MAITLAND-NILES SHINES

If Ainsley Maitland-Niles looked shaky during Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with Liverpool last month, those nerves have well and truly been shaken off.

The 20 year-old was outstanding throughout, providing skill and end product from crosses. The England u-20 World Cup winner could well keep Sead Kolasinac out of the side.

JACK WILLS THE TEAM ON

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Jack Wilshere showed leadership qualities from start to finish and has staked his claim for Arsenal captaincy.

The midfielder who has calmly returned to the Arsenal side this season opened the scoring against the Blues and was seen commanding his teammates on multiple occasions.

He’s shaken off his injury woes and is becoming the player Arsenal fans envisaged years ago.

 

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