Following a pulsating 2-2 draw between Arsenal and Chelsea on Wednesday night, we take a closer look at how the players rated after an Emirates thriller.
Petr Cech – 6
Hector Bellerin – 6
Danny Welbeck (for Lacazette, 80) – 6
Theo Walcott (for Chambers, 88) – 6
Thibaut Courtois – 8
Victor Moses – 6
Andreas Christensen – 6
Gary Cahill – 6
Cesar Azpilicueta – 7
Marcos Alonso – 8
Tiemoue Bakayoko – 6
N’Golo Kante – 7
Cesc Fabregas – 7
Eden Hazard – 8
Alvaro Morata – 4
Davide Zappacosta (for Moses, 56) – 7
Danny Drinkwater (for Fabregas, 71) – 6
Willian (for Hazard, 82) – 7
TWEET OF THE MATCH
“It was coming. Terrific goal from @JackWilshere. Great to see him back to full fitness. Never been lacking in ability.” Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) pays tribute to Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, whose goal gave Arsenal the lead.
If there was any player that deserved not to be on the losing side it was Wilshere, who continued his recent renaissance with a dynamic display in midfield. Hard in the tackle, inventive in the final third, Wilshere’s emphatic finish to open the scoring was the highlight of another excellent performance. England manager Gareth Southgate will surely be taking note.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
There was enough chances here to win five matches let alone one but Davide Zappacosta crashing a shot against the crossbar at the very end was certainly the most dramatic. After Bellerin had just made it 2-2, Arsenal almost contrived to throw it away again as Alvaro Morata missed a one-on-one before Zappacosta rattled the woodwork with the follow-up.
— Premier League (@premierleague) January 3, 2018
WHO’S UP NEXT?
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal (FA Cup Third Round, January 7).
Norwich v Chelsea (FA Cup Third Round, January 6).
It looked like Chelsea had come from behind to triumph when Marcos Alonso struck six minutes from time, after Jack Wilshere’s first league goal since May 2015 had been cancelled out by an Eden Hazard penalty.
But the Gunners would not be beaten and Bellerin punished Alonso’s poor clearing header with a fine finish for a share of the points – though there was still time for Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta to hit the crossbar.
Alvaro Morata had missed a glorious chance to give Chelsea a 14th-minute lead and the visitors were then indebted to a Thibaut Courtois save which pushed Alexis Sanchez’s shot on to both posts.
Wilshere broke the deadlock, but there were doubts over whether the midfielder should have been on the pitch.
Already booked, Wilshere went down looking for a free-kick on the edge of the area and might have received a second yellow card from referee Anthony Taylor for simulation.
The Gunners’ lead lasted just four minutes as Hector Bellerin was adjudged to have fouled Hazard, who equalised with the resulting penalty.
Alonso’s effort appeared decisive, only for Bellerin to strike.
Hostilities between the teams will be renewed in a week’s time, in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City playmaker David Silva has announced his son is “fighting day by day” after being born prematurely.
Silva missed four of City’s five games prior to Tuesday’s Premier League win over Watford for what the club said were personal reasons.
The Spaniard posted a message on Twitter on Wednesday, which said: “I want to thank all of you for the love and good wishes received in the last few weeks, special thanks to my team mates, the manager and all at the club for understanding my situation.
“Also I want to share with you the birth of my son Mateo, who was born extremely preterm and is fighting day by day with the help of the medical team.”
COMUNICADO OFICIAL: pic.twitter.com/8Ooaef92ro
— David Silva (@21LVA) January 3, 2018