Arsenal and Chelsea stars involved in 15-man brawl as stewards get involved

Tensions boiled over between Arsenal and Chelsea as stars from both sides became involved in a brawl that required intervention from stewards.

A match that took its time to come to the boil exploded in second half injury time when Granit Xhaka tried to delay the taking of a Chelsea goal kick.

With the ball having just gone out of play by the corner flag, Xhaka stopped Blues defender Trevoh Chalobah from giving the ball back to goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

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That prompted some pushing and shoving between the pair, which only got worse when Matteo Kovacic joined in the fun. Fed-up with Xhaka's delaying tactics, the Croatian threw the ball away before shoving the Arsenal star in the back, almost sending him to the floor.

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All hell then broke loose as players from both sides became involved in the fracas, which happened right in front of the away fans at Stamford Bridge.

At the height of the melee, 15 players could be seen jostling with each other, even requiring intervention from a Chelsea steward, who held back Cesar Azpilicueta.

Eventually the situation sorted itself out, although not before Xhaka had to be held back by Thomas Partey amid further confrontation with Kovacic.

Referee Michael Oliver was content to let the drama unfold and didn't dish out any yellow cards for either team, despite brandishing seven throughout the course of the game.

Arsenal fans will have enjoyed the heart and desire displayed by their team, both at the end and during the game, as they came away with a deserved 1-0 victory.

The Gunners claimed all three points courtesy of Gabriel's prodded finish midway through the second half. It was enough to give them the win and move them back to the top of the Premier League table, two points clear of Manchester City.


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