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Arsenal's Resilient Draw Against Chelsea | Arteta On Sir Bobby Charlton

Arsenal Shows Resilience to Claim a Thrilling 2-2 Draw Against Chelsea

In an enthralling Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge, Arsenal showcased their determination and grit as they came from behind to secure a dramatic 2-2 draw against Chelsea. Mikel Arteta, Arsenal's manager, offered insights into the rollercoaster game, his team's performance, and his thoughts on the passing of football legend Sir Bobby Charlton.

Mixed Feelings for Arteta

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, speaking to BBC MOTD after the match, expressed mixed emotions about the result. "It's mixed feelings. Credit to Chelsea for the way they set up. You have to expect that. We were below par in very basic things and we didn't play with enough purpose with the ball, and we were soft in some situations. We allowed them to run, which is a really dangerous thing to do," Arteta noted.

The Gunners' performance in the first half left much to be desired, but Arteta emphasized the second-half transformation. "We tweaked things and played the second half with a different intensity. We were more of a threat, and we should have scored a goal earlier. We scored two brilliant goals, which gave us a point, but we wanted more," he added.

Arteta also praised his team's spirit, highlighting their belief and resilience. "When you're 2-0 down against Chelsea, you can drop your head and start to blame each other. But the team never did that; they believed they could do it [get back in the game]," he acknowledged.

Tribute to Sir Bobby Charlton

Mikel Arteta took a moment to pay tribute to the late Sir Bobby Charlton, emphasizing the profound impact the legendary player had on the world of football. "I remember as a kid, I was collecting cards and watching videos and saw what he meant for English football and world football. He is a big loss. He was a legend already, and now he will be a legend forever and he leaves an incredible legacy, not only as a player but as a person as well," Arteta said.

Declan Rice's Moment of Brilliance

Arsenal's Declan Rice, who contributed a stunning goal to his team's comeback, described the thought process behind his strike. "You have to make a split-second decision whether to take it on or not. The goal was open, and I saw the keeper was the one that made the pass, and I thought 'why not - whether it was going to go in or not - give it a go?' The way I struck it, it was perfection to be honest," Rice explained.

Despite a challenging first half, Rice highlighted the team's potential, particularly in the second half. "Chelsea were in a really good moment with their fans in the second half, so to get a point and stay unbeaten is a real good thing for us. We have to keep building. We are not the finished article, and we have to keep going and believing we can achieve great things," he concluded.

The thrilling 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge left fans on the edge of their seats. As the campaign progresses, the unpredictable nature of the league promises more exciting encounters like this one.

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