Mikel Arteta was left seriously impressed with one Arsenal player after his side fought back from two goals down to earn a point at Stamford Bridge yesterday.
Chelsea took the lead from the penalty spot after William Saliba was deemed to have stopped a goal with his hand following a header from Mykhaylo Mudryk. Everyone expected Arsenal to come out for the second-half a different team, but it didn’t happen and it went from bad to worse when David Raya found himself in no-man’s land as he was lobbed by Mudryk to double Chelsea’s lead.
Arsenal only turned up with 15 minutes to go, as an amazing strike from Declan Rice, followed by a first-time finish by Leandro Trossard at the back post kept the Gunners’ unbeaten start to the Premier League season alive.
The Gunners were way below their best yesterday but it’s a sign of a good team when they still pick up points despite not playing well and that’s exactly what Mikel Arteta’s side done against Chelsea.
Declan Rice’s long-range strike was key in getting Arsenal back into the game and Mikel Arteta was full of praise for the midfielder after the match.
Mikel Arteta on Declan Rice: “He was brilliant again, I thought he had a really good game. I think when we dropped him to the No. 6 position, he increased the level and really gave the team a different dynamism as well.
“He scored a really important goal as well to give us belief in that moment of the game.”
Declan Rice has been one of Arsenal’s best formers so far this season, having won the Gunners player of match against Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea yesterday.
He’s the man for the big occasion and despite the big price tag of £100m in the summer, it seems so far he’s worth every penny with much more still to come. Under Mikel Arteta’s management, the English midfielder is only going to get better so it’s exciting times in North London.