The topical position of full back proved influential in tonight’s pulsating 2-2 draw between Arsenal and Chelsea.
Alvaro Morata has made a fine contribution to Chelsea’s season since arriving from Real Madrid for £60 million, having scored ten goals in eighteen Premier League games prior to tonight’s away away trip to the Emirates.
The Spaniard struggled tonight however, squandering a number of chances in what was a very open game. Following goals from Jack Wilshere and Eden Hazard in the second half, it was left to each side’s full backs (though both formations saw them playing as wing backs) to provide the goal scoring drama.
Marcos Alonso scored his sixth league goal of the season – a remarkable tally – in the 84th minute, with fellow wing back Davide Zappacosta getting the better of Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the wing to set up the strike.
Arsenal looked to have been condemned to their first defeat in ten games before Hector Bellerin stepped up in the 92nd minute with a sumptuous strike that was easily the best of the night.
Characteristic of the game, the fun wasn’t over. The misfiring Morata immediately found himself one-on-one with Petr Cech. A weak effort aimed straight at Cech was followed by a thunderbolt courtesy of right wing back Zappacosta, who nigh-on dented the crossbar.
The result salvages a point for Arsenal following a questionable penalty decision for Hazard’s goal, but the Gunners are now five points off fourth placed Liverpool. Chelsea, who had recently gone ahead of Manchester United to second in the Premier League table, now stay third by a single point.