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90' + 2'
Bellerín
Goal
2 - 2
89'
T. Courtois
Yellow Card
84'
Marcos Alonso
D. Zappacosta
1 - 2
67'
E. Hazard
Penalty Goal
1 - 1
63'
J. Wilshere
Goal
1 - 0

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Commentary

And it's all over! What a game that was! After both sides failed to take their chances in the first half - notably a Morata miss and a Sanchez effort that struck both posts - both sides came to life in front of goal in the second half. Arsenal took the lead as Wilshere thumped the ball in from close range via the post, but a silly Bellerin challenge on Hazard in the box gave Chelsea a penalty, and the man fouled duly converted down the middle. The Blues went ahead as Alonso ghosted into the box to sweep home, but his poor clearance gave Bellerin the chance to make amends as he fired in a wonderful half-volley to restore parity! Chelsea could have won it at the death, but Drinkwater's effort could only clip the top of the crossbar after Morata's shot was saved! It finishes 2-2 at the Emirates!
90' + 4' CROSSBAR! Morata is through again after another long ball forward competely catches the Arsenal defence out, but he shoots straight at Cech. Drinkwater hits the rebound on the half-volley, but it clips the top of the crossbar! 
Bellerín
Goal
90' + 2' WHAT A GOAL!! ARSENAL ARE LEVEL! The ball is only half-cleared to the edge of the box, and Bellerin places a delightful half-volley into the top corner to get the Gunners back on level terms!
90' + 1' Walcott fires the ball into the area and it ends up at the feet of Sanchez, who swivels and shoots, but it's blocked by a defender.
T. Courtois
Yellow Card
89' Courtois is booked for time-wasting.
89' Mustafi tries to launch it forward for Walcott to chase, but it's too long and the flag goes up for offside anyway. 
T. Walcott
C. Chambers
88' Desperate times call for desperate measures. Chambers is replaced by Walcott as Wenger swaps a defender for a forward. Can he inspire Arsenal to an equaliser, or even a late winner?
87' Welbeck looks to be racing clear down the right, but his cross is blocked away! He hasn't made an impact yet since coming off the bench.
86' CHANCE! Ozil's cross to the back post looks dangerous, but Chelsea twice recover to block goal-bound efforts. Arsenal now desperate for an equaliser as the visitors defend deep.
D. Zappacosta
Assist
84' A Conte substitute made the difference, but it was Zappacosta, not Willian. His cross was low, driven, and into a good area. 
Marcos Alonso
Goal
84' GOAL! CHELSEA TAKE THE LEAD! I spoke too soon! Substitute Zappacosta gets the better of young Maitland-Niles, and it's Alonso of all people who ghosts into the box, gets the wrong side of his marker and finishes first-time to give Chelsea the lead!
Willian
E. Hazard
82' Another odd one. It seems as though both managers are settling for the draw here, as Conte withdraws his best player in Hazard. Willian is by no means a bad replacement, but Hazard is undoubtedly the star of this team. 
82' Bellerin gets the better of Alonso down the flank, but his cross is just over Welbeck and Chelsea clear.
D. Welbeck
A. Lacazette
80' Hmm. Lacazette is replaced by Welbeck with 10 minutes remaining plus stoppage time. The club-record signing surely won't be happy about being denied the chance to grab a last-gasp winner, and surely Arsenal are less dangerous without their main man up front. Strange substitution.
77' Maitland-Niles has been impressive tonight, and he shows a cool head as he plays the ball out under pressure and finds his man with a simple pass. 
76' Lacazette just can't take Ozil's pass in, and Chelsea break with pace, but Cech is there to snuff out the danger as he collects Morata's low cross.
74' It's Chelsea who are now ramping up the pressure, as Arsenal are forced to simply clear their lines in an attempt to get out of their own area.
72' BLOCK! Kante's drive is delfected just round the post as Cech was left grasping at thin air!
D. Drinkwater
Fàbregas
71' Fabregas is replaced by Drinkwater as Conte goes for more solidity in midfield.
70' MISS! Another glaring miss! Morata is played through again and Chambers tracks him as best he can, but he's the wrong side of the Spaniard. Morata tries a dinked effort at the near post, but it's into the side-netting! Chelsea have been so wasteful in front of goal.
69' The game is getting very stretched now as space starts to open up in midfield. There's no way either side are done yet.
M. Özil
Yellow Card
67' Ozil is booked for kicking the ball away after the penalty was awarded.
E. Hazard
Penalty Goal
67' GOAL! Hazard puts Chelsea level as he slots the ball straight down the middle! What a cool penalty from the Belgian!
66' PENALTY CHELSEA! Bellerin nicks Hazard in the box as he twisted and turned, and the Blues have a spot-kick! Silly challenge from the full-back.
64' BLOCK! Lacazette then takes over from Sanchez and rifles one towards the bottom corner, but it's deflected just the wrong side of the post!
J. Wilshere
Goal
63' GOAL!! ARSENAL BREAK THE DEADLOCK! What a thumping goal as well from Wilshere! The ball is played back into the box and evades Chambers, but finds its way through to Wilshere, who smahses in at the near post via both a slight deflection and the inside of the post! 1-0 Arsenal!
62' CHANCE! Lacazette works hard to keep the ball alive on the edge of the area, and feeds Ozil into the box. The German tries to square for Sanchez, but's it's just cleared ahead of him! What an opening!
61' Bellerin's cross from the right is turned in by Ozil, but the whistle was long since blown for a foul in the box. 
60' Maitland-Niles does excellently to wrest the ball from Hazard, allowing Lacazette to feed Sanchez on the left, who wins a corner.
59' Bellerin almost finds a way through as he and Ozil link up nicely on the right, but the latter's final ball is deflected behind for a corner. 
57' Kante smacks one from distance into the body of an Arsenal defender, but it finds its way through to Alonso on the left, who crosses in - but Cech punches clear under pressure to quell the danger.
D. Zappacosta
V. Moses
56' Moses is replaced at right wing-back by Zappacosta. Conte is looking for a more defensive option on the flank to deal with Arsenal's threat going forward.
54' Arsenal are fuming as Wilshere is felled on the edge of the box, but the referee says the ball was won!
R. Holding
Yellow Card
53' Holding goes into the book for a barge on Alonso.
52' SAVE! Some excellent interplay and a stroke of fortune see Lacazette with space to shoot on the left, but Courtois is out quickly to close down the space and block the Frenchman's fierce effort!
51' MISS! Maitland-Niles throws a couple of stepovers in and glides past Moses, but his cross to the back post is just an inch too deep for Sanchez, who has to backpedal to get his head on it and can only nod over the bar!
50' DOUBLE SAVE! A defence-splitting ball sends Hazard through down the centre, but Cech saves well with his feet, before tipping Alonso's header round the post! Great saves from the former Chelsea man!
47' Lacazette snaps at the heels of Bakayoko and wins the ball, but Ozil can't get the ball under control from Wilshere's pass and the attack is gone. Good pressing has been a feature of the Gunners' play tonight, and it nearly provided them with an opportunity there!
46' The first half absolutely flew by, so let's hope we're in for more of the same in the second! Chelsea get the game going again!
And breathe! There goes the half-time whistle! It's goalless at the break, but it's certainly not for the want of trying as both sides had fantastic opportunities to take the lead. First, Morata spurned a gift of a chance, rolling the ball well wide when one-on-one with Cech in the box. Then, Arsenal had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down as Maitland-Niles was felled in the box, before Sanchez's venomous drive was tipped onto both posts by the impressive Courtois! The Chelsea keeper was called into action again to deny Lacazette's bottom-corner-bound effort, before Fabregas contrived to fire over the bar after good work from Hazard. It's 0-0 at the break, but don't expect it to stay that way in the second half!
45' MISS! Another glaring miss for Chelsea! Kante had done fantastically to win the ball from Ozil, and Hazard's slaloming run had sold half the Arsenal defence, but Fabregas lashed wildly at his layoff, sending the ball over the bar! Just the one added minute to go.
Fàbregas
Yellow Card
43' Fabregas returns WIlshere's earlier affections with a late tackle of his own on the Englishman, and earns a yellow card for his troubles.
42' Both sides are playing in a much more direct manner than we're perhaps accustomed to seeing them, playing longer balls forward to their front-men and getting on the attack whenever possible.
40' Ozil then produces a lovely backheel for Sanchez in the box, but Fabregas is back to crowd him out, and the Chilean then fouls him in trying to win it back. There's a hug between the two as they see the funny side - although Sanchez seemed enraged moments before!
39' MISS! Wilshere works hard to try and keep the ball, and Ozil takes over as he is felled, plays a neat one-two and then lashes a shot just wide of the far post! Arsenal inches away from a lead!
37' Some haphazard defending from Arsenal forces Xhaka into a desperate tackle on the edge of the box, but he mistimes it slightly and gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position! Alonso steps up, but he places it well over the bar and behind.
35' Sanchez and Maitland-Niles link up well on the left, before Ozil's dinked ball forward is headed out for a throw-in.
33' OFFSIDE! Lacazette does fantastically well to control a pass on the turn and then flick it over his marker, but the linesman's flag is up for offiside. It was lovely skill from the striker though. 
J. Wilshere
Yellow Card
31' Wilshere picsk up the first yellow card of the game for a late lunge on Fabregas. No love lost there, it seems. 
30' Both sides are perhaps guilty of rushing a little in the final third so far. Sanchez is played in on the left, but Azpilicueta reads his pass and quells the danger. 
29' BLOCK! Hazard's fierce drive back towards the near post is blocked by a host of Arsenal bodies, and then Moses is caught offside. Chelsea are pushing back here.
27' SAVE! Bakayoko is slipped in with a wonderful pass from Fabregas, and he shurgs his man off before blasting one at goal, but Cech is there to tip it behind for a corner! Morata is then penalised for a shove on Wilshere in the box. 
26' Wilshere almost finds Lacazette with a through-ball, but it's cut out at the vital moment! Arsenal really pushing for a goal here.
25' Maitland-Niles does well to block Moses' cross out for a corner. Fabregas' delivery finds Bakayoko at the near post, but he can only head wide.
22' SAVE! Arsenal are really piling on the pressure here! Ozil feeds Lacazette with a superb ball, and the striker - with his back to goal - spins Cahill and fires an effort towards the bottom-right corner, only for Courtois to stretch across and make a fantastic save!
20' Replays show that Moses caught the back of Maitland-Niles' foot in Arsenal's penalty appeal before the Sanchez chance. More refereeing misery for Wenger to comment on post-match perhaps?
19' Arsenal try to settle the game down as they keep hold of the ball for a period, but this game is end-to-end otherwise!
15' POST! INCREDIBLE! Maitland-Niles is felled in the box and Arsenal scream for a penalty, but none is given. They then win the ball back, and Sanchez smacks an effort that beats Courtois, but bounces off of both posts and then back to a grateful goalkeeper! Incredible scenes here! It's amazing that we're still goalless!
14' MISS! WHAT. A. MISS. One long ball over the top catches Chambers and Mustafi napping, and Morata - onside - breaks into the box all on his own! He looks certain to score as he advances calmly towards Cech, opens his body up as the goalkeeper dives the wrong way... and passes the ball miles wide of the target! How did he miss by such a distance?!
13' CHANCE! Arsenal have a good go at Chelsea here. Ozil does well to block Hazard's pass, and the Gunner's surge up the other end, but Sanchez is crowded out on the left and can't create an opening!
11' CHANCE! Chelsea look to respond in kind as they break forward down the left, but Hazard's effort is blocked by Chambers and the ball goes out for a corner, which comes to nothing. 
10' CHANCE! Chelsea have had the lion's share of possession so far, but Arsenal try to break quickly and Sanchez's delightful cross for Ozil is just a touch too heavy and the German can't get his head to it!
7' CHANCE! Sanchez hits the free-kick venomously, but his shot takes a deflection off the wall and spins behind for a corner, which is dealt with by the visitors.
6' Ozil has the chance to feed Lacazette as the pair run at a backtracking Blues defence, but the Frenchman is fouled as he receives the ball on the edge of the area. Nice position for a free-kick here.
5' Lacazette tries to play a neat one-two with Bellerin, but he can't quite get on the end of the return pass and Chelsea have the ball back. 
2' CHANCE! Hazard receives a quick free-kick after a hefty Chambers challenge on the edge of the box, and the Belgian is given far too much time to advance into the area and get a shot away, but it's deflected away from the target! Early opening for the visitors.
1' Arsenal get this London derby going as they kick off at the Emirates! 
Astonishingly, 21 of Chelsea’s top-flight goals this season have come via Spanish players, more than any other side in Europe’s top five leagues. However, former Arsenal favourite Fabregas - who netted 19 goals at the Emirates as an Arsenal player - is yet to score here in the competition as an opposition player (three appearances for Chelsea).
This London derby also has a knack for producing red cards, with six shown in the last seven meetings between the two in all competitions, Chelsea having had a man sent off in each of the last three.
However, Wenger and Conte have faced each other five times before, and the Italian has only come out on top once (D2 L2). The Blues boss will also be keen to avoid losing yet another London derby, having been beaten in their last two against Crystal Palace and West Ham.
Furthermore, the last time Arsenal failed to lose either league meeting with Chelsea was in the 2011/12 season, when they won and drew. You have to go back to the 1998/99 season to find the last time Chelsea failed to score a league goal against the Gunners.
However, Arsenal ended a bad run of home form against Chelsea in this exact fixture last season, beating the Blues 3-0 with a flying first-half performance. Antonio Conte's side will be keen to prove that this was merely a blip, however, having won at this stadium the joint-most times of any club in all competitions (5 - level with Manchester United). 
In contrast, Chelsea had a superb December, dropping just two points in a 0-0 draw with a stubborn Everton side. They beat Stoke City last time out by a thumping 5-0 scoreline, and will be brimming with confidence as they visit the Emirates tonight - a win here would see them leapfrog Manchester United into second place.
Despite being unbeaten in all competitions since losing to Manchester United at the start of December, four draws in seven Premier League games last month has seen the Gunners lose ground on the top four, currently sitting six points off Liverpool in fourth, albeit with a game in hand. Wenger's side drew last time out to West Brom, courtesy of a controversial Jay Rodriguez penalty, and Wenger's comments regarding the situation have seen him charged by the FA.
Arsenal come up against Chelsea for the 60th time under Arsene Wenger - the fixture he has overseen the most in his tenure at the club (W22 D16 L21). 
Chelsea make four changes ahead of this game, with Antonio Rudiger, Danny Drinkwater, Pedro, and WIllian all dropping to the bench. In their places are Andreas Christensen, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Cesc Fabregas, and Eden Hazard. 
Three changes for Arsenal as they are hit with injuries. Laurent Kocielny and Sead Kolasinac have to be replaced by Rob Holding and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, respectively. Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil is fit again and returns to the line-up, with Alex Iwobi dropping to the bench. The Gunners are also without Nacho Monreal (ankle), Aaron Ramsey, and Olivier Giroud (both hamstring).
Chelsea substitutes: Caballero, Rudiger, Drinkwater, Pedro, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi
Chelsea XI (3-5-1-1): Courtois; Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Moses; Hazard; Morata
Arsenal substitutes: Mertesacker, Ospina, Walcott, Iwobi, Welbeck, Coquelin, Elneny
Arsenal XI (3-4-2-1): Cech; Holding, Mustafi, Chambers; Maitland-Niles, Wilshere, Xhaka, Bellerin; Sanchez, Ozil; Lacazette
The line-ups for this London derby have been announced, and we'll start with the home side.
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