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Arsenal breaks two years frustrating record ahead of Champions League game

Arsenal ended a two-year that dates back to 2021 after coming from two goals down to draw Chelsea on Sunday

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In a riveting encounter at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Arsenal put an end to a vexing two-year record as they secured a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Chelsea.

The Gunners found themselves trailing after a contentious handball decision involving William Saliba resulted in a Cole Palmer penalty goal. Things took a more daunting turn when Mykhailo Mudryk’s errant cross caught Arsenal’s goalkeeper, David Raya, off-guard, leading to an early second-half goal for Chelsea.

However, Arsenal showcased their resilience, staging a remarkable comeback with less than 15 minutes remaining. Declan Rice, in his second goal of the season, capitalized on a poor pass from Chelsea’s Robert Sanchez, narrowing the deficit. Substitute Leandro Trossard then stepped up in the dying moments of the game to secure the equalizer, salvaging a valuable point for the Gunners in what had been a challenging afternoon in West London.

Prior to the late-game drama, Arsenal had struggled to make an impact offensively during the entire first half. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was overseeing his 143rd Premier League game in charge, but he had seldom seen his side attempt so few first-half shots, with only six previous instances matching this stat. Additionally, they had fewer first-half touches in the opposition box than on just five previous occasions. Their first-half expected goals (xG) total of 0.12 ranked as the eighth lowest in the 143 league games under Arteta’s management.

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Throughout the current Premier League season, Arsenal had maintained a solid away record, winning their first three away matches. Palmer’s goal marked the first time Arsenal had conceded away from home this season, concluding a streak of 335 minutes in away games without conceding, stretching back to the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.

Statistical data from Opta revealed that the draw at Stamford Bridge brought an end to Arsenal’s streak of eight Premier League away games in which they had trailed by two or more goals. This had been ongoing since March 2021 when they drew 3-3 against West Ham, as they had previously lost all eight of those matches.

After Leandro Trossard’s pivotal equalizer, Arsenal’s substitutes have contributed five goals and three assists in nine Premier League matches this season. Only Newcastle and Brighton had witnessed more goal involvements from their substitutes in the Premier League this season, with both recording nine, compared to Arsenal’s eight. Brighton was the sole team to have provided more goals (seven) than Arsenal’s five from their substitutes.

Trossard’s achievement was also noteworthy, as he became the first player in Arsenal’s history to score his first three Premier League goals as a substitute.

On the flip side, Arsenal’s goalkeeper, David Raya, had a challenging day, as he conceded all seven penalties he faced in the Premier League—six out of six for Brentford and one out of one for Arsenal. The only other goalkeeper with a comparable record was David Marshall, who faced nine penalties in the competition and conceded each time.

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