Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta hopes the resilience his facet confirmed in twice coming from behind whereas a person down to carry Chelsea 2-2 at Stamford Bridge proves a “stepping stone” to a brighter future for the Gunners.
Arteta’s males stay tenth within the Premier League, 10 factors behind Chelsea in fourth, however whereas a degree could also be too little for his or her hopes of a return to the Champions League, the way wherein it was achieved gave their new supervisor trigger for optimism.
“Time will tell if this is a stepping stone, but at least I saw a reaction,” stated Arteta.
“I demand from the players that they never give up. We have to keep playing with the spirit we showed in every game. I’m proud of the way they reacted.”
David Luiz endured a nightmare night on his return to Stamford Bridge because the Brazilian was despatched off after 26 minutes for hauling down Tammy Abraham. Jorginho transformed the ensuing penalty.
However, Chelsea’s struggles at house continued as they supplied one other lifeline to these difficult for a top-four end.
Frank Lampard’s males at the moment are six factors clear in fourth, however Manchester United can lower that hole to a few with victory over Burnley on Wednesday.
“We’re in fourth position, but I know and we know there should be another 10 points on the board,” stated a pissed off Lampard.
“We shouldn’t dwell too much on results that have gone, but a lot of them look the same.
“The initiative is on us to be ruthless, to take the chances when they came along.”
Lampard had already spoken of his want for Chelsea to be extra medical after shedding 1-0 at Newcastle on Saturday with Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time high goalscorer Edison Cavani a goal.
And a transfer for the Uruguayan could possibly be much more of a precedence after high scorer Abraham needed to be helped from the sector at full-time after injuring his ankle in colliding with the promoting boards late on.
Abraham had an enormous function to play on what ought to have been the decisive second within the match when he pounced on a present from Shkodran Mustafi to race clear on aim and spherical Bernd Leno.
Luiz obtained again in time to make a problem, however barged Abraham to the bottom and within the opinion of the referee didn’t make an try and play the ball as he noticed pink.
Jorginho produced a characteristically cool end from the penalty spot and Chelsea ought to have been on target for a cushty three factors.
But the Blues have now gained simply 4 of their final 12 league video games and had been responsible of the identical lack of creativity at one finish, and defensive lapses on the different, that characterised the house defeats to West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton.
Fortune additionally favoured Arsenal for his or her first equaliser halfway by way of the second half as a slip from N’Golo Kante allowed Gabriel Martinelli to run from the sting of his personal field unopposed earlier than slotting house the tenth aim of a formidable debut season in England.
Chelsea had been missing the guile to unlock the ten males of their seek for a winner, however Arsenal’s good work was undone six minutes from time after they had been caught chilly by a shortly taken nook and Cesar Azpilicueta swept house Hudson-Odoi’s cross.
Arsenal had been to not be denied as Hector Bellerin produced an impressive end on his weaker left foot from outdoors the realm three minutes later.