David Luiz set the tone Tuesday at Stamford Bridge, kicking off a wild draw between Chelsea and Arsenal with a red card that foreshadowed the absurdity to come.
Chelsea supporters are used to Luiz's, uh, ambitious defending, thanks to the Brazilian's two stints in blue. Luiz now wears red, however, and the Arsenal defender saw red when he was sent off in the 26th minute of Tuesday's 2-2 draw in the London Derby.
Shkodran Mustafi's misplayed pass to Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno ended up on the foot of Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, forcing Leno out to challenge him. Abraham got around Leno, leaving Luiz to desperately defend and referee Stuart Atwell no choice but to send Luiz off.
David Luiz sees red for a foul in the box on Tammy Abraham ❗️ pic.twitter.com/BvmurCuNDm— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 21, 2020
Jorginho stepped up to the penalty spot after VAR confirmed Luiz's penalty, giving Chelsea a 1-0 lead thanks to his trademark finish.
Jorginho from the spot 😤— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 21, 2020
Catch the rest of this match on NBCSN! pic.twitter.com/6RppRwcQRK
The red card was only the second of his 14-season career. His first, amazingly, came on the reverse side of Tuesday's fixture.
David Luiz has received two red cards in his Premier League career:
📆 Sep 2017: vs. Arsenal (for Chelsea)
📆 Jan 2020: vs. Chelsea (for Arsenal) pic.twitter.com/iUwbdSV3hS— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 21, 2020
David Luiz has only been red-carded twice in his Premier League career:— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 21, 2020
9/17/2017 as a Chelsea Player v. Arsenal 🔵
1/21/2020 as an Arsenal player v. Chelsea 🔴 pic.twitter.com/crmo9a85Dj
In his absence, Luiz's teammates managed to equalize twice in the second half and earn a road draw. Eighteen-year-old Gabriel Martinelli did so first, running box-to-box before coolly slotting past outstretched Chelse keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
18 YEAR OLD MARTINELLI 😤😤😤 pic.twitter.com/gzU1Z8ptKX— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 21, 2020
Chelsea took advantage of Arsenal playing a man down six minutes from stoppage time, with an unmarked Cesar Azpilicueta re-directing N'Golo Kante's cross past Leno to give Chelsea a 2-1 lead.
🚨 Azpilicueta scores for Chelsea! 🚨 pic.twitter.com/03f6irZe8j— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 21, 2020
But Arsenal, improbably, would equalize once more.
Gunners manager Mikel Arteta handed Héctor Bellerín his first start since December, and Bellerín rewarded his fellow Spaniard's faith. Bellerín's left-footed shot took a deflection before bouncing in to equalize.
Arsenal remained 10 points back of fourth-place Chelsea thanks to Tuesday's draw, but Arteta and Co. surely will take it after going down a man and a goal within the first half-hour.
Arteta is still looking for his second Premier League win, but this isn't a bad consolation prize.