In a thrilling match at Stamford Bridge, Arsenal pulled off a remarkable late fightback to secure a 2-2 draw against Chelsea.
Mikel Arteta’s team appeared headed for their first defeat of the season, falling behind when Mykhailo Mudryk’s cross-shot found the net after the break, adding to Cole Palmer’s first-half penalty.
Throughout the majority of the game, Chelsea, led by the influential Palmer, seemed on track for their third consecutive league win under Mauricio Pochettino.
However, the tide turned when Robert Sanchez’s errant pass allowed Declan Rice to reduce the deficit.
Then, in the closing minutes, Leandro Trossard stunned the home crowd with a close-range finish, earning Arsenal a valuable draw and putting them on par with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League standings.
For the first time under Pochettino, Chelsea fielded a team without a recognized striker, with Raheem Sterling taking a central role, flanked by in-form players Palmer and Mudryk.
The opening goal came in the 14th minute when Sterling’s cross from the right struck the arm of William Saliba in the six-yard box.
After a VAR check, a penalty was awarded, and Palmer calmly slotted it past David Raya for his second Chelsea goal.
Arsenal struggled initially but had a chance around the 20-minute mark when Martin Odegaard’s pass into the left channel allowed Rice to take a shot that narrowly missed the target.
Palmer, the driving force behind Chelsea’s attacking prowess under Pochettino, continued to be a threat.
He had an opportunity to extend Chelsea’s lead, but his low drive narrowly missed the target.
Raya’s afternoon turned sour in the second half, conceding a goal to Mudryk’s cross-shot.
Chelsea looked in control until Raya’s unfortunate mistake allowed Rice to pull a goal back with a long-range strike.
Then, in the final moments, Arsenal struck again. Bukayo Saka set up Trossard with a precise pass, and Trossard slotted it past the Chelsea goalkeeper to secure the draw.
The match was a roller-coaster ride for both teams, leaving fans at the edge of their seats until the final whistle.