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Arsenal
2-2
Chelsea
Wilshere (63'), Bellerin (92')
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Hazard (67' pen.), Alonso (84')
Fabregas (43'), Courtois (89')

Dermot Gallagher: 'Chelsea's Eden Hazard deserved to win penalty against Arsenal'

Gallagher: 'Eden Hazard deserved penalty'
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Former Premier League official Dermot Gallagher says that the referee was right to give Chelsea a penalty against Arsenal for a foul on Eden Hazard.

Former Premier League official Dermot Gallagher has said that Chelsea were right to be awarded a penalty against Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Moments after Arsenal had taken the lead from a Jack Wilshere goal, Hector Bellerin made contact with Eden Hazard inside the area before the Belgian converted the resulting spot kick.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger described the decision as "farcical", but Gallagher has claimed that referee Anthony Taylor made the correct call.

Gallagher told Sky Sports News: "I think there is [enough contact for a penalty]. When you see the incident, the clue is the ball - Bellerin doesn't get the ball, and once you don't get the ball in that situation, he's caught Hazard on the inside of the boot and therefore he's duty bound to give a penalty.

"Does Hazard exaggerate? I don't think he has time. Bellerin's caught the inside of his boot, Hazard's only got one leg on the ground, his other is in the air, and he's trying to keep his balance and the minute he's done that he's going to go over, there's no doubt about it. But the key is Bellerin didn't get the ball.

"It's so subjective, that's the problem. Every decision is subjective to the referee. In that situation, Bellerin has not got the ball. If a player makes a tackle and he gets the man and not the ball, the referee has got every right to give the penalty."

The encounter at the Emirates Stadium ended in a 2-2 draw.

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Eden Hazard scores from the spot past Petr Cech during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Chelsea on January 3, 2018
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1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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