A resurgent 10-man Arsenal dug deep and chiselled out an important point away at Chelsea by playing out a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening.
Jorginho and Cesar Azpilicueta twice put the home side ahead, but the Gunners, who went down to 10 men in the 26th minute, equalised twice and held on in the end for a deserved point.
After a fairly even start, Chelsea won a penalty when Shkodran Mustafi’s bad backpass let Tammy Abraham in. The striker was brought down by David Luiz, meaning the Arsenal defender had to be sent off and the subsequent spot-kick was converted by Jorginho.
The away side got back into it in the second half and equalised in the 63rd minute when Gabriel Martinelli ran 67 yards from defending his own corner to scoring at the other end all on his own.
Chelsea snatched the lead back in the 84th minute when a short corner caught Arsenal out and Azpilicueta made a ghosting run to finish his effort past Bernd Leno.
But, the Gunners were not done and equalised in the 87th minute, with Hector Bellerin curling a shot into the far bottom corner.
All in all, a magnificent result for Mikel Arteta’s men, especially given the circumstances.
Here’s how we rated the players after the game:
Bernd Leno - 8
Leno couldn’t have done much to save either of the goals, though he went the right way in a bid to stop the Jorginho penalty.
Other than that, Arsenal had to rely on him to make a couple of good saves to keep them in the game.
Hector Bellerin - 8
Bellerin defended well throughout the game, especially after being down to 10 men and scored a great goal late on to win a point for the team.
Not a bad outing for a player who has been out for some time.
Shkodran Mustafi - 7
Even though it was his wrong backpass that led to Luiz’s red card and Chelsea first goal, Mustafi came back well after that and led the back-line to a splendid performance to a man.
David Luiz - 2
25 minutes into the game, Luiz could have left Abraham to score instead of choosing an option to get sent off with a bulk of the game left.
The Brazilian began the game well though.
Bukayo Saka - 8
Another fantastic performance from Saka, who continues to impress at left-back even though this is not his natural position.
His defensive nous in a difficult situation was very good and he had the ability to carry the ball forward for the team, when required.
Granit Xhaka - 9
Xhaka started the game in central midfield, but went back to play in central defence after the Luiz red card.
The Swiss international did well there and was a picture of sturdy concentration to thwart the Chelsea attacks one after the other.
Lucas Torreira - 8
After the Luiz red card, Torreira was at times alone shepherding the makeshift back-line. His tenacity to win duels in tight situations was fantastic. Helped the team clear many dangers possible.
Nicolas Pepe - 8
Pepe had the beating of Emerson throughout the game and the Ivorian played on that most of the time. His ball-carrying was fantastic to relieve the pressure off the defence.
Furthermore, his desire to get back and help the defenders out was top-class as well. Subbed off later on.
Mesut Ozil - 5
Ozil had to work very hard off the ball once his team went down a man. Arteta had to sub him off in the 55th minute to bring Matteo Guendouzi on and add more steel to the midfield.
Gabriel Martinelli - 10
A fantastic top-class display from Martinelli, who helped the makeshift left-back Saka in defence when the team went down by a man, and also got forward as much as possible.
His 67-yard run to score the first Arsenal equaliser was sensational. Subbed off very late on amidst standing ovation from the travelling supporters.
Alexandre Lacazette - 8
Lacazette once again showed his tenacity to work for the team and defend when required. His selfless work allowed a man-stricken team to defend in deeper areas and play out with him running the channels.
(SUB) Matteo Guendouzi - 7
Guendouzi came on in the 55th minute and helped Torreira to protect the back-line as much as possible. A matured performance from the youngster.
(SUB) Rob Holding - 6
Holding came on in the last 10 minutes to help the team defend in the latter stages of the game.
(SUB) Joe Willock - N/A
Came on in stoppage time and couldn’t have any impact on the game.