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Arsenal concedes draw against Chelsea and sees C1 move away

Ⓒ AFP – Adrian DENNIS – | Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere during the match against Chelsea in the 22nd day of the Premier League on January 3, 2017

Arsenal lost further ground in the Champions League qualifier by conceding a draw at home against Chelsea (2-2) after a crazy end of the match on Wednesday night at the close of the 22nd day of the Premier League .

In the standings, Arsenal (6th with 39 pts) is now five laps from the last jump seat for the C1, currently occupied by Liverpool in good shape (4th with 44 pts). The “Blues” remain third (46 pts), under the threat of “Reds”.

The team of Antonio Conte has not confirmed its renewed form. Driven by the defensive solidity that had made them champions last season, the “Blues” believed to hold the match before cracking.

Arsene Wenger, he may regret a new contestable penalty and the clumsiness of his offensive trident Sanchez-Lacazette-Özil. Between the blur on the future of the Chilean and the German and the mistrust of the French, the “Gunners” remained too discreet.

Lacazette has indeed no longer scored in his last seven league games. A breakdown at the wrong time since Giroud is injured until mid-January. The former Lyonnais has not yet converted the good balloons at the penalty box (24) or in a closed corner (55).

Sanchez either did not find the target, sending a sharp deflected by Courtois … to finally hit the two poles, without the ball completely crossing the line (17). The man in the form Wilshere has found the good side of the amount in the second period to give the advantage to his (63).

– Nervous breakdown –

Except that, feverish defensively due to the absences of Kolasinac, Monreal and Koscielny, the “Gunners” have finally yielded on a penalty that will probably be discussed for a foul on Bellerin Hazard moments after the opener. Hazard did not shake, erasing some of Morata’s misfires and “Blues” (1-1, 67).

The Spanish striker has indeed grazed the ridiculous in the 15th minute by appearing alone in front of Cech but sending the ball far from the cage. Fortunately for Chambers, who had been ridiculous by letting Morata go after having missed a long opening …

Hazard then made the show, offering a good ball to Fabregas with a little heel or taking defense speed in the second half, but it never worked … until the penalty.

Alonso then punished “feverish” Gunners by victoriously resuming a center of Zappacosta (83) to launch a crazy end game.

Ⓒ AFP – Ian KINGTON – | Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin scores against Chelsea in the 22nd day of the Premier League on 3 January 2017

After a long siege, however, Bellerin managed to equalize (90 + 2), then on kickoff or almost Zappacosta found the bar of a defeated Cech. It was time for it to end for Arsenal fans on the verge of a nervous breakdown …

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