Arsenal gave their fans hope in their game against Chelsea when they showed “togetherness and leadership” something Mikel Arteta has been trying to drive at since his entry into the coaching position.
Arsenal were able to stand against the Blues despite David Luiz’s red card, holding the game at a draw as they showed fighting spirit in the exciting London derby.
Luiz was sent off against his former club for shoving Tammy Abraham in the penalty area as the Chelsea striker looked set to score following a terrible backpass by Shkodran Mustafi when the game was goalless.
Jorginho scored from the resulting spot-kick before 18-year-old Gabriel Martinelli scored a brilliant equaliser after a slip by N’Golo Kante only for Cesar Azpilicueta to restore Chelsea’s lead late on.
A 10-man Arsenal were able to hold back Chelsea showing “togetherness and leadership” in the exciting London derby
Bellerin, who had returned from injury showed off his zeal during the game when he netted in the equaliser from the edge of the penalty area.
“To do that against this kind of opponent in this stadium, I really value,” Gunners boss Arteta told BBC Sport. “The way they have done it, with the spirit they have done it, that’s great.
“I wasn’t here a few weeks ago but what I am demanding every day they are trying their best to do it. The togetherness and leadership they showed today, this is what I wanted to see.
“We are going in the right direction but I think tonight is a special night for everybody.”
Arsenal are now in 10th position with 30 points while Chelsea is laying in the top five in the 4th position with 40 points above Manchester United.
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