Arsenal deny Chelsea at the death; Why there’s more to Saracens than money

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

 Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta with his Chelsea counterpart Frank Lampard after last night’s draw. Photograph: EPA

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta with his Chelsea counterpart Frank Lampard after last night’s draw. Photograph: EPA

Hector Bellerin grabbed a last-gasp equaliser for 10-man Arsenal in a 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last night as the visitors recovered from a first-half David Luiz red card to peg back the Blues twice in a pulsating London derby. Manchester City closed the gap on league leaders Liverpool to 13 points (the Reds have two games in hand) after Sergio Agüero came off the bench to score the winner against Sheffield United. For a round-up of last night’s four other Premier League games click here. Tonight Manchester United host Burnley and Tottenham take on Norwich - but Irish youngster Troy Parrott will not be in action for Spurs with their manager José Mourinho claiming he is simply not ready to replace the injured Harry Kane.

In his column this morning (Subscriber Only), Gordon D’Arcy explains why there’s more to Saracens’ success than money: “There is more to this club than money. They have created something that cannot only be achieved from financial investments. I’ve also seen this in Leinster. We’ve see it at Thomond Park too. You cannot force players that are only motivated by money to create intangible bonds on a sporting field, which separate the good from the great and win tight matches that live long in the mind.”

The Irish Times
Please subscribe or sign in to continue reading.
The Irish Times

How can I keep reading?

You’ve reached an article that is only available to Irish Times subscribers.

Subscribe today and get the full picture for just €1 for the first month.

Subscribe No obligation, cancel any time.