Mikel Arteta’s first home match in charge of Arsenal saw his side blow a 1-0 lead in the final 10 minutes to end up losing 2-1 to Chelsea at the Emirates to close out 2019.
The Gunners were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at out-of-form Bournemouth on Boxing Day but made a bright start to their final fixture of the year on Sunday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal ahead in the 13th minute with a diving header from a well-worked set piece. It would prove to be the hosts final shot on target all game.
However, they did continue to dominate proceedings until the final five minutes of the first half. That was shortly after Blues boss Frank Lampard switched from a back three to a back four by replacing Emerson with Jorginho.
Cheslea finished the final five minutes of the first half on top and dominated possession after the break.
However, Arsenal looked set to hold out and win in Arteta’s first home game as manager. That was until Bernd Leno completely missed an easy cross from Mason Mount from a free kick that allowed Jorginho a tap in at the back post to level the scores on 83 minutes.
Arsenal pushed to restore their lead but were caught out on the counter-attack only four minutes after conceding an equaliser. Tammy Abraham played a one-two with Willian inside the opponents’ penalty area before Shkodran Mustafi allowed the striker time and space from six yards out to find the back of the net.
Defeat for Arsenal sees them end the year down in 12th place, whilst Chelsea have a four-point advantage over Manchester United in the race for Champions League football next season.