Arsenal drop points again in Champions League race

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A cracking last-gasp strike from Hector Bellerin secured a share of the points after Arsenal and Chelsea played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates.

Wenger will serve his latest ban from Arsenal's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest on Sunday, and the first leg of the League Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Hazard's foot was caught by defender Hector Bellerin in the area and referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot.

"It was a 50-50 match, both teams played a really good game", Hazard said.

"It was a fantastic football game and overall it could have gone both ways", Wenger said.

His replacement Zappacosta did way better, beating Maitland-Niles before crossing into the Arsenal box for Marcos Alonso to score to give Chelsea a 2-1 lead late in the game.

Chelsea was still pursuing the victor in the third minute of stoppage time when defender Davide Zappacosta struck the crossbar.

The result left Chelsea third, one point behind Manchester United in second, while Arsenal remained sixth.

Ozil flashed a shot inches wide on 39 minutes before Cesc Fabregas' curling effort drifted wide on the stroke of half-time, after which Cech was on hand to deny Hazard's low effort and Alonso's header in quick succession.

Bellerin made amends for his poor defending earlier in the second half when the Barcelona target fired an instinctive half volley past Courtois in the second minute of added time at The Emirates. They have definitely missed Mesut Özil, and if they keep making strides like this when they get their other first-team players back, then a top-four finish may not be as far-fetched as it has seemed recently.

Chelsea had 19 of the 33 chances on goal in the match, with top-scorer Alvaro Morata wasting three one-on-one opportunities.

Arsenal were not finished, though and in the second minute of stoppage-time, the Gunners rescued a point. The last shot should have been a goal.

"I have been in football for 35 years, I know what I said after the game, I stand up for what I said", he said.

"For me it would be nice to at some stage talk about football again".

His tone turned conspiratorial when he highlighted how Tottenham Hotspur's opener in their 2-0 win at Swansea on Tuesday had been offside while they might have had Davinson Sanchez sent off.

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