EPL: Late Bellerin strike secures 10-man Arsenal draw at Chelsea

  • Man City beat plucky Wednesday; wins for Saints, Villa and Bournemouth

Hector Bellerin’s first Premier League goal since January 2018 rescued a point for 10-man Arsenal, who fought back twice to secure a 2-2 draw at Chelsea despite having David Luiz sent off on his return to Stamford Bridge.

The Gunners’ chances were dealt a severe blow midway through the first half when Luiz was sent off after taking out Tammy Abraham when he was through on goal.

Jorginho made no mistake from the penalty spot to give the hosts the lead going into the break, but the Gunners hit back early in the second half through Gabriel Martinelli, who took advantage of N’Golo Kante’s slip to score his 10th goal of the season.

Chelsea thought they had nicked all three points when Cesar Azpilicueta bundled the ball home with six minutes remaining, but Arsenal leveled again just three minutes later through Bellerin to keep their slim chances of a top-four finish alive.

A point keeps Frank Lampard’s side fourth, six points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United, who play Burnley on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Arsenal stay 10th, 10 points behind the Blues.

And Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said his side’s comeback at Everton was “remarkable” as two injury-time goals from substitute Florian Lejeune earned a dramatic point.

Bruce’s injury-hit side were slipping towards defeat after Moise Kean scored his first Toffees goal before Dominic Calvert-Lewin made it 2-0 to the hosts with his 12th of the season.

But as the clocked ticked into injury time, Lejeune took advantage of some slack defending at a corner to crash an overhead kick past Jordan Pickford in the 94th minute.

And a minute later, Carlo Ancelotti’s side threw away what was an otherwise good performance by failing to clear a free-kick with French defender Lejeune taking advantage of another scramble to fire in.

At Bramall Lane, Sergio Aguero scored his sixth goal in his last three games as Manchester City edged a gutsy Sheffield United.

The Blades had looked on course to claim a hugely credible draw against the reigning Premier League champions, with Dean Henderson saving a Gabriel Jesus penalty in the first half as well as making a string of excellent saves.

But Aguero came off the bench to score the decisive goal, tapping in a cross from Kevin de Bruyne towards the end of the second half.

That strike came just moments after Sheffield United came close to taking the lead themselves – Oli McBurnie stretching to meet a cross but just failing to turn the ball into an empty net.

Victory for Manchester City means they strengthen their place in second. They have 51 points – 13 behind leaders Liverpool but six ahead of Leicester, who play West Ham on Wednesday.

RESULTS

Chelsea 2 – 2 Arsenal

Bournemouth 3 – 1 Brighton

Aston Villa 2- 1 Watford

Palace 0 – 2 Southampton

Everton 2 – 2 Newcastle

Sheff. Utd 0 – 1 Man City

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