Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal – Review
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta showed his true colours during a post-match interaction with Moises Caicedo, with whom he was visibly unhappy during Sunday’s dramatic draw against Chelsea. The Gunners came from two goals behind to steal a point from Stamford Bridge, and Arteta was as animated as ever in the dugout.
Arsenal deservedly fell behind in the 15th minute through Cole Palmer’s penalty, awarded after a Mykhaylo Mudryk header cannoned off William Saliba’s outstretched arm from close quarters.
David Raya had an evening to forget between the sticks, and his positioning came into question when Mudryk unintentionally lobbed the Spanish goalkeeper from the left flank, doubling Chelsea’s lead.
Mauricio Pochettino looked to have orchestrated a masterclass to end Arsenal’s unbeaten start to the campaign, but the visitors ended with a flourish.
Declan Rice profited from a Robert Sanchez mistake to get one back from range with 13 minutes left. Six minutes from time, Leandro Trossard equalised shortly after replacing Gabriel Martinelli.
Throughout the heated London derby, Arteta fumed at Caicedo for some of his hard-hitting tackles on Arsenal players.
However, the Gunners boss made it clear that he will always leave his grievances on the pitch, warmly embracing Caicedo after full-time.
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The 21-year-old midfielder could’ve very easily joined Arteta’s project at the Emirates Stadium earlier this year if it wasn’t for Brighton and Hove Albion’s resolve.
Caicedo wanted to join Arsenal in January and was the subject of a £70million bid. But Brighton wanted to hold onto him until the summer, forcing Arteta to turn to Jorginho in a £12m deal.
He went as far as taking to social media to express his desire to leave the Amex Stadium for north London. But it wasn’t to be, and he joined Chelsea for a Premier League record £115m months later.
Arsenal’s late fightback against Chelsea maintained their undefeated status after nine league games, leaving them in second at least until Tottenham Hotspur’s meeting with Fulham on Monday.
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And Arteta was delighted with the character his stars showed at Stamford Bridge as they look to go one step further and beat Manchester City to the Premier League title this season.
“I have no doubt about that [Arsenal’s character]. I could see at half time, it was a knife between our teeth, and we had to do better, and the game was still there for us,” Arteta explained after full-time.
“We had that belief. Even with the goal we conceded, we continued to be like this. I loved that about the team, and I’m going to demand that from them every single day.
“This is who we are, and the only way to still create a lot of issues with the opponent even when you’re not at your best.”
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