Leandro Trossard has explained how Arsenal approached the second half against Chelsea on Saturday. The Gunners faced a difficult opening 45 minutes, falling behind due to a controversial handball call on William Saliba that resulted in Cole Palmer’s penalty goal.
During the first half, Arsenal’s offensive presence was minimal, with just two shot attempts and a mere three touches in Chelsea’s box. Early in the second half, Mykhailo Mudryk inadvertently chipped the ball over a stranded David Raya’s head, capitalizing on the goalkeeper’s questionable positioning, and leveling the score just 141 seconds into the second half.
However, the half saw a remarkable turnaround. Despite being outplayed for much of the match and trailing by two goals with less than 15 minutes left on the clock, Arsenal displayed their resilience and determination to secure a valuable point, preserving their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.
The comeback began when Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Sánchez’s errant pass found its way to Declan Rice, who skillfully fired a first-time shot into the unguarded net, reducing the deficit to one on the 77th minute. Seven minutes later, a sublime cross from Bukayo Saka was met by substitute Leandro Trossard at the back post to level the scoreline.
After the game, Trossard praised his team’s work ethic and the ability to bounce back in challenging situations.
He said, “It’s really well done to the boys to not get our heads down and keep on working. That’s how you can even win games as well. We need to take that with us and focus on the next game. I’m really pleased to score; obviously, it’s nice if you can help the team with either a goal or an assist, and today, that went my way, and I’m happy it gave us a point.”
Trossard shed light on the halftime strategy, stating, “It’s not easy to have an explanation on that, but we just changed the gear in the second half a bit more. We played better, we were more aggressive, and you have to win your duels as well. I think we did better in the second half, and we can score goals like that.” Arsenal’s spirited comeback serves as a testament to their fighting spirit and determination as they continue their impressive unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign.
Trossard will hope for a better game in the UEFA Champions League when Arsenal travel to Spain to face Sevilla on Tuesday night.