SAN FRANCISCO, December 06, (THEWILL) – Chelsea were made to pay heavily for missed chances as they squandered a lead to lose 2-1 at Wolves while Arsenal have extended their unbeaten run to 20 games, after they were held 2-2 by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
In the same night, Liverpool beat Burnley to keep in touch with leaders, Manchester City. Only two points separate the two teams. Tottenham beat Southampton 3-1, to spoil the debut of coach Ralph Hasenhuttl and topple Arsenal in the fourth place.
For Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he looked set to take centre-stage when he marked just his second Premier League start of the season with the opening goal in the 18th minute.
But two goals in four second-half minutes by Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota brought a dramatic turnaround after the visitors had wasted several opportunities to close out the game.
It was a night to forget for Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who committed a howler to concede Wolves’ equaliser.
It meant a second defeat in three League outings for Maurizio Sarri’s side, which featured five changes in the starting line-up but looked set to claim victory during a comfortable first-half display.
At Old Trafford, Arsenal led twice in either half through goals by Shkodran Mustafi and Alexandre Lacazette (Marco Rojo).
But United responded almost instantly. Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard twice quickly levelled to earn a 2-2 draw with Arsenal and offer some rest bite to beleaguered manager Jose Mourinho
Mourinho’s men remain eight points off the top four in eighth place after a fourth straight league game without a win.
Mourinho had opted to leave out-of-form big name stars Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku on his bench and when United conceded first, for the 11th time in 21 games this season, his supporters might have feared the worst.