LONDON: Ten-man Arsenal slowed Chelsea’s charge for a Champions League place on Tuesday on a dramatic evening of Premier League football.
Fourth-placed Chelsea twice took the lead against Arsenal, who were reduced to 10 men after former Blues defender David Luiz took out Tammy Abraham when he was through on goal.
Jorginho put Chelsea 1-0 ahead from the penalty spot in the 28th minute but Gabriel Martinelli equalised for Arsenal in the second half.
Cesar Azpilicueta put Chelsea 2-1 up with just six minutes remaining but Arsenal levelled only three minutes later through Hector Bellerin.
The 2-2 draw leaves Chelsea six points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United having played a game extra while Arsenal are in 10th spot, seemingly out of the running for a place in the top four.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was frustrated that his team had not been more clinical in front of goal.
“We could have had three or four goals today,” he told the BBC.
“Having shots, crosses and lots of ‘ooh’ moments. We have to be clinical.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta hailed his side’s reaction.
“To do that against this kind of opponent in this stadium, I really value,” he said.
“The way they have done it, with the spirit they have done it, that’s great.”