- End of 2nd Half
FT: Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea. Bellerin's stoppage time strike earns the Gunners a point after Chelsea had come from behind through Hazard's penalty and Alonso's smart finish. Wilshere had opened the scoring just past the hour in what was a hugely entertaining match. Arsenal stay sixth while Chelsea remain third.
WHAT A GAME!
OFF THE BAR! Morata is clear again - but he fires straight at Cech. Zappacosta races onto the rebound but smashes it against the bar!
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GOAL! Arsenal are level! The pressure tells as Alonso's header drops for Bellerin to steer a shot into the far corner from just inside the area.
Four minutes added.
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Courtois booked for taking too long over the goal kick.
Mustafi watches the ball drop and catches a thumping volley that Cahill bravely gets his body in the way of.
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ARSENAL CHANGE: Walcott on for Chambers. Last throw of the dice for Wenger and Co.
Arsenal will be sixth, six points off the top four.
As it stands, Chelsea will go second...
That was Alonso's sixth PL goal of the season - the most for a defender.
GOAL! Chelsea lead! Zappacosta races onto Willian's long pass to the flank. He bamboozles Maitland-Niles and drills in a low cross that Alonso meets first-time to flash beyond Cech.
CHELSEA CHANGE: Willian on for Hazard.
ARSENAL CHANGE: Lacazette replaced by Welbeck.
Both teams still pressing with Hazard revelling in the space he is being afforded on the break.
That Hazard penalty has split opinion. Some feel he was caught, others feel he bought it.
Still 15 minutes of this high-octane clash to go. Will we have a winner. A draw doesn't really suit either team, though Chelsea would probably take it as the away team.
Ton up, Eden.
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CHELSEA CHANGE: Drinkwater on for Fabregas.
Morata out-muscles Chambers and rampages towards Cech, but once more he can't find the finish as he fires wide of the near post.
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This is rollercoaster stuff. End to end and thoroughly enjoyable. Arsenal led for less than five minutes. Ozil booked.
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GOAL! Hazard levels from the spot as he coolly fires down the middle with Cech diving to his left.
Wenger fuming on the touchline as Bellerin is harshly penalised for hanging a foot out at Hazard.
PENALTY TO CHELSEA!
Arsenal almost in again. Sanchez cuts inside from the right and finds Lacazette, who lashes just wide via a deflection.
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GOAL! Ozil and Holding combine to tee up Wilshere on the left side of the area, who flashes a rising shot past Courtois at the near post.
Ozil marauds into the Chelsea box from the left after playing a lovely one-two with Lacazette. He tries to square it for Sanchez, but it's hacked to safety inside the six-yard area.
Still goalless. Morata is probably still thinking about that first-half miss!
DID YOU KNOW? Chelsea's only away win in the last four league games came at Huddersfield on 12 December.
Some feeling Wilshere could have received a second caution for simulation for that incident a few moments ago. Others don't want the spectacle ruined....
Moses didn't make much impact tonight and looked concerned by the threat of Maitland-Niles, who has had a cracking game so far.
CHELSEA CHANGE: Zappacosta on for Moses.
Wilshere goes down on the edge of the Chelsea box. He's furious the referee doesn't give him a free kick, but replays show he left his leg in for Christensen to make contact.
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Holding booked for a poor tackle on Fabregas.
So far it has been the battle of two great goalkeepers.
Lovely approach play from Arsenal sees Lacazette spring free via a ricochet off a defender. Courtois is fast off his line to spread himself and produces another smart save.
Arsenal fail to deal with the resulting corner, but Bakayoko drives over with a shot that flashes by the near post.
Hazard sees a low drive kept out by Cech, who then gets back into position to tip Alonso's downward header past the post. A fine double-stop from the Gunners keeper.
Rob Holding catches Morata as he the Spaniard looked to drive towards the Arsenal area. Fabregas unhappy the referee didn't see that as a yellow card. Can't blame after his first-half booking for what looked like a good tackle.
Conte must have had a word with Bakayoko about his defensive discipline at half time. He's been a threat going forward, but is allowing Arsenal too much space when he needs to defend.
STAT: Chelsea are a half away from becoming the first team to keep five consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League this term.
- 2nd Half
KICK OFF! Chelsea restart the contest knowing they need to win to return to second place in the table. Arsenal would remain sixth with a draw, five points adrift of the top four. Both teams have all to play for.
- End of 1st Half
HT: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea. A thoroughly entertaining first 45 somehow ends goalless. Morata missed a sitter for the visitors before the combination of Courtois' fingertips and both posts denied Sanchez at the other end.
Fabregas finds Hazard after Arsenal lose it in the centre circle. The Belgian jinks inside and then back heels it into the path of Fabregas who flashes wide from 20 yards. He should have done better.
Hazard threatens to burst free on the left, but Mustafi gets across with a vital sliding challenge.
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Fabregas booked for sliding in on Wilshere. Rather harsh as he clearly won the ball.
Still time for both sides to create one big chance. Will we see the deadlock broken before the interval?
More Arsenal pressure. Xhaka sees another long range shot blocked. Sanchez tries to turn provider with a cute chip into the box, but no-one is there and Courtois is able to gather under no pressure.
Ozil picks up a pass 25 yards out, turns well and fizzes inches wide of the far post. This has been a cracking half of football. Just a goal or two missing at present.
Alonso curves the 20-yard free-kick over the bar. He didn't have much space to get it over the wall and down again.
Xhaka penalised for catching Bakayoko on the edge of the box. Real danger for Arsenal here.
Ozil pulling the strings at the other end. He fires a probing ball into the box towards Sanchez, but Azpilicueta stays with him and firmly heads to safety.
Fabregas with a raking ball from deep. Bakayoko has made a burst into the box, but somehow misjudges the flight of it and fails to take it down after it beat the last Arsenal defender. Fabregas is rightly disappointed his teammate didn't provide the finish after such a great pass.
STAT: Arsenal have fired a blank in seven of their last nine PL matches with the Blues.
Another short free kick catches Arsenal out down the left. Fabregas feeds Hazard, who gets to the byline but completely overcooks his cross. No danger for the hosts.
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Wilshere booked for a late challenge on Fabregas.
Sanchez still wondering how Courtois kept out his low drive from close range.
Chelsea spring forward once more. Hazard jinks into the box on the left but sees his low drive towards the near post blocked by a defender.
Morata and Cahill are left free from the resulting corner but neither can turn a header on target.
Fabregas cuts through the Arsenal defence with a sumptuous pass for Bakayoko who tests Cech with a rising shot from just inside the area.
STAT: Petr Cech is one clean shut-out away from becoming the first goalkeeper to record 200 in the Premier League. If he manages it tonight he owes Morata one for that glaring miss!
Chelsea looking to wrestle their way back into it. They win a corner on the right, but Tiemoue Bakayoko gets underneath it and heads way over the bar.
Another Arsenal is dealt with by the Chelsea rearguard. No doubt who the visitors' main man has been so far - Courtois.
Lacazette spins his man superbly in the penalty area but sees his low shot towards the bottom corner kept out by the long arm of Courtois. More fine goalkeeping from the Belgian.
Xhaka pounces on a poor defensive header from Moses but sees his long range drive well blocked.
Fair to say the game has really caught fire in the last 10 minutes or so. Both sides should have scored.
Replays showing Maitland-Niles tripped over his own feet, so it was a good call by the referee for the earlier incident.
That was some save by Courtois. It's really lifted Arsenal and the home faithful.
Maitland-Niles goes down in the Chelsea box. The home crowd screams for a penalty. Arsenal play on and Sanchez sees a goal-bound strike tipped onto the post by Courtois. It rolls across the line, hits the other post and is pounced upon by the Blues stopper.
More danger for Arsenal. Moses sends a devilish low ball into the six-yard box where Morata is inches away from converting.
Arsenal's defence goes completely AWOL and Morata is allowed to race clean through onto a long ball over the top. The Spaniard has time to pick his spot but somehow contrives to fire well wide with just the keeper to beat.
Lovely play by Ozil and Sanchez on the counter. The latter waits for Maitland-Niles on the overlap, but the full-back's driven cross is too close to Courtois.
Meanwhile, at the other end, Ozil has looked lively when he's picked up possession.
Morata turns well inside the Arsenal half and dinks a clever pass into the path of Hazard, who speeds into the left of the area before seeing a snapshot blocked.
DID YOU KNOW? Arsenal have netted in 24 Premier League home matches in a row since a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough in October 2016.
Chelsea deal with the right-wing corner and push forward. Both sides having some dangerous moments without any end product in these early stages.
Sanchez's curling effort towards Courtois' right-hand corner takes a big nick off the wall and flies past the other post. The Chelsea stopper was stranded and relieved to see it flash wide.
Ozil rolls it into the feet of Lacazette who is tripped 25-30 yards out. Sanchez hovering over it...
Arsenal are unbeaten in six league matches and have an impressive home record that has seen them win 13 out of their last 15. Only Liverpool (draw) and Manchester United (defeat) have denied them.
First moment of danger sees Chelsea work a quick free kick to Hazard. The Belgian is given time to jink into the left of the box, but his driven, low cross is diverted behind. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
This is just the 60th clash between Arsene Wenger and Chelsea. The Frenchman has won 22 - but also lost 21. Close...
- 1st Half
KICK OFF! Arsenal get this London derby underway.
WILL ANYONE SEE RED TONIGHT? There have been six dismissals in the last seven meetings in all competitions.
DID YOU KNOW? Jack Wilshere will start a six straight league game for the Gunners for the first time since October 2013.
Interesting breakdown of how the top six compare across several areas.
Head-to-head: Arsenal's 3-0 home triumph last term is their solitary success in the last 12 Premier League meetings. The Gunners have lost seven of those encounters.
Hazard had a quick pre-match chat with Sky Sports in the tunnel: "We want to stay second. City are first with a lot of points ahead, but if we want to close the gap, we need to win here. We have the quality to win today.”
Teams new done; what about testing your derby knowledge of Arsenal v Chelsea encounters of the past?
QUIZ: who scored these winning goals?
Antonio Conte: "I think now (Man) City have created a big gap between them and the other teams, but at the same time we have to try to put everything into every game to try to get three points and put a bit of pressure on the teams above us."
Conte confident Luiz will stay at Chelsea in January window
Arsene Wenger: "In football, there's only one thing and that's the next game. We know that our home form will be absolutely vital and we just come home from West Brom frustrated because we lost two points. We know it puts us under even more pressure to deliver a big result."
Arsene Wenger promises 'top quality' replacements if Arsenal duo leave
Key lines for Chelsea: Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard return as two of the four changes Antonio Conte has made from the 5-0 rout of Stoke City.
Key lines for Arsenal: Mesut Ozil comes through a late fitness test to start, but Laurent Koscielny and Sead Kolasinac are out.
CONFIRMED TEAMS - ARSENAL: Cech, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin, Xhaka, Wilshere, Maitland-Niles, Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette... Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Walcott, Iwobi, Welbeck, Coquelin, Elneny. /// CHELSEA: Courtois, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso, Fabregas, Hazard, Morata... Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Drinkwater, Pedro, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi.
Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium. The Blues can move back up to second with a victory while the sixth-placed Gunners can leapfrog neighbours Tottenham and move to within three points of the top four if they earn the bragging rights. Kick off 19:45 GMT.