Mikel Arteta Commends Determination As Arsenal Fight Back For A 2-2 Draw Against Chelsea


After his team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 2-2 Premier League draw against Chelsea on Saturday and maintain their unbeaten record, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta complimented his team’s belief.

Arsenal’s usually exuberant and self-assured team appeared lethargic and heavy-footed against Chelsea’s high-energy squad for a large portion of the game.

Chelsea took the lead thanks to a penalty kick from Cole Palmer in the 15th minute, and Mykhailo Mudryk’s lofted effort three minutes into the second half doubled the lead.

“The way the players reacted to (Chelsea’s)the second goal is phenomenal,” Arteta said. “That’s the part I loved.”

“The start of the game, we didn’t play with enough purpose and clarity,” he told Sky Sports. “We didn’t win enough duels in tight areas…When we don’t have those two things we become an average team.

The manager of Chelsea, Mauricio Pochettino, is good friends with Arteta from their time together at Paris St. Germain over 20 years ago. He stated that the match ended in two points lost as opposed to a point won against a top team.

Chelsea had all the control until Declan Rice scored after keeper Robert Sanchez made a distribution error.

“His goal gave the belief to Arsenal with 13 minutes to play,” Pochettino told reporters.

“Because until the 77th minute, the game was in control and we didn’t concede too many chances. I feel disappointed because we drop two points.”

With six minutes remaining, Leandro Trossard gave Arsenal their second goal as Chelsea’s defense faltered.

The Argentinean stated he didn’t want to think back on his errors.

“We watch every week and always mistakes because football is about mistakes. I think 90% of goals is because an opponent makes a mistake.”

“We can only criticise a little bit reading the game better, better tempo, the timing. We can take risks because it’s our philosophy but make better decisions.” he said.

Due to goal differential, Arsenal has reverted to second place in the standings, trailing leaders Manchester City. Chelsea went up to eighth place.