The Blues were second best for much of the London derby but rallied late on, with Jorginho – who was lucky to still be on the pitch – netting an equaliser from close range after a howler from Bernd Leno before Tammy Abraham secured all three points moments later.
Arsenal were more direct in search of a late equaliser and, despite leading, Rudiger and Kepa clashed after the German centre-back thumped a ball out of play under no pressure.
Rudiger, who was sporting a head bandage after an earlier collision, had plenty of time and space to play the ball back to his goalkeeper but instead handed possession straight back to Arsenal.
His teammates were all waving at him and instructing him to play the ball to Kepa, though Rudiger seemed to be annoyed with the lack of communication from his keeper.
After blasting the ball into the stands, Rudiger got into a shouting match with Kepa, throwing his hands up at the Spaniard in disgust for not being more decisive – though he clearly felt the defender had plenty of time.
Fortunately for Chelsea, they clung onto their slender lead and Rudiger and Kepa made up at full-time, embracing when the referee blew his whistle and hugging as they walked over to celebrate with the travelling fans.
The result gives Chelsea a four-point cushion ahead of the rest of the chasing pack in the race to finish in the Champions League places, with Manchester United sitting in fifth place.
Rudiger yelling at Kepa after a stupid hoof😭😭😭😭 get this clown out of here.
— Rob (@MainManTorres) December 29, 2019
I don't blame Rudiger, Kepa should have commanded it.
— KingMount (@KingMount1) December 29, 2019
Rudiger has been the worst player on the pitch today and he goes screaming to Kepa for something he should have done beter. 🤡🤡🤡 #ARSCHE
— freeSKo 🗯 (@freeSKoCFC) December 29, 2019
We're seeing this Rudiger and Kepa dustup more and more every game. Not sure if it is concerning or it is just competitiveness…worrisome either way cmon Chelsea
— NateCFC (@natenesta) December 29, 2019
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