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Mikel Arteta reveals what went wrong for Arsenal against Chelsea

Mikel Arteta says his team did not start well against Chelsea and lacked purpose in their approach.

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has shed light on the key moments and challenges his team faced during their dramatic 2-2 draw against Chelsea on Saturday. The Gunners fell behind early in the game but rallied to secure a draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal endured a rocky start to the game, conceding a penalty due to William Saliba’s handball, which was awarded following a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review. Chelsea capitalized on the situation, taking the lead with the successful spot-kick. The home side further extended their advantage in the second half when David Raya was caught off his line, allowing a cross from Mykhailo Mudryk to find its way into the Arsenal net.

Despite these setbacks, Arsenal displayed resilience and mounted a comeback. Declan Rice’s long-range effort in the 77th minute found the back of the net, reducing the deficit. The Gunners drew level when substitute Leandro Trossard scored from Bukayo Saka’s cross just seven minutes later, setting up an exhilarating finish to the match.

In the post-match press conference, Mikel Arteta shared his insights on what went wrong in the game. 

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“We conceded two and scored two! I think where it went wrong was at the start of the game. I think we didn’t play with enough purpose with the ball and clarity. We were just moving the ball without really having the intention to threaten them, and that’s a really dangerous thing to do against teams like Chelsea.”

Arteta continued, “We didn’t win even duels, and in tight areas when we had them, they escaped from that, they attacked open spaces, and they are really dangerous things to do, so credit to them because they are a top side full of top players, and you have to acknowledge that.”

The Arsenal manager highlighted the turning point in the match, saying, “When we don’t have those two things, then we’ve got an average team. We changed that and we started to lift the level after 20 or 25 minutes, and especially in the second half, that’s a different game. We became a much better team, even though we conceded the second goal, and it was disappointing. The way the team reacted was phenomenal.”

Arteta also praised his players’ determination, saying, “Whether it was the players that were here, the players that were on the bench, thinking: ‘how I’m going to change the game and help the team,’ so that’s the part that I loved. What I really liked as well was going into the dressing room and the dressing room being quiet after drawing 2-2 against Chelsea and being 2-0 down because I know that they want more, so those are the positives.”

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