Mikel Arteta applauds the Arsenal dressing room after Chelsea’s draw

Mikel Arteta applauds the Arsenal dressing room after Chelsea’s draw

Arsenal fought back to draw 2-2 with London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with Mikel Arteta reflecting on his efforts to extend the team’s unbeaten run to the season.


Mikel Arteta was pleased the Arsenal dressing room was quiet rather than celebrating when he returned from the final whistle.

The Gunners’ 2-2 draw felt like a victory for the away supporters with less than 15 minutes of normal time remaining.

But the players knew they should never have been in that position if they were ever to challenge for the title again.


Arteta said: “The team’s reaction to the second goal was amazing.

The players on the pitch said: ‘How can we change this game?’ It was fine until the players thought about it.

“I really enjoyed going into the dressing room and it was very quiet after the 2-2 draw with Chelsea and then we came back from 2-0 down because we knew they wanted more.” Positive.”


Arsenal’s pursuit of perfection was also reflected in the signing of Declan Rice, who signed a record deal. The midfielder began an impressive comeback by scoring his first goal for the Gunners.

But he wasn’t entirely happy with the idea.

“It’s bittersweet to be honest because we know that if we had done in the second half what we did in the first half we would have won,” he told Arsenal’s official website.

Declan Rice shared the manager’s thoughts on the Chelsea draw.


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“There are surprises in football.

The first half was not as good as we would have liked.

Like against Manchester City, we showed that character again in the second half and I think it was a very important result for get a point in the end.

“[Losing 2-0] is tough.

It’s hard work. I think you always want to go into a game thinking you’re going to get three points.

But when we came back 2-0 at home, the Chelsea fans and players were really ready and we had a show and a fighting character.


“There are good things about not winning.

“We have the mentality that we don’t want to lose and we want to do our best.”


And Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino had a different opinion.

“It’s disappointing because we lost two points, but in football things happen and we have to accept that,” he said.


“At the end we were disappointed but at the same time we were very competitive and given the circumstances we should be proud of the performance so we are very happy.”


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