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Arteta hails ‘togetherness and spirit’ as 10-man Arsenal comeback to earn a point at Chelsea

Mikel Arteta has praised Arsenal’s ‘togetherness and spirit’ after seeing his side twice comeback from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at Chelsea.

The Gunners looked set for a difficult evening at the home of their London rivals following David Luiz’s first-half red card against his former side, the Brazilian international dismissed after clumsily bringing down Tammy Abraham in the penalty area – Jorginho stepping up to convert the spot-kick for Chelsea.

Despite being dominated for the majority of the contest Arsenal would hit back through teenager Gabriel Martinelli, the 18-year-old keeping his cool to fire home after running the entire length of the pitch, the Brazilian assisted by an unfortunate slip from N’Golo Kante.

Cesar Azpilicueta would put the hosts back in front late on, however, Arteta’s side would equlaise once more as Hector Bellerin rescued a late point in dramatic fashion with just minutes remaining.

Arteta was full of praise for his side following their battling display, believing his side are heading in the ‘right direction’ after a performance of ‘togetherness and leadership’ at Stamford Bridge.

“To do that against this kind of opponent in this stadium, I really value,” Arteta told BBC Sport. “The way they have done it, with the spirit they have done it, that’s great.

“I wasn’t here a few weeks ago but what I am demanding every day they are trying their best to do it. The togetherness and leadership they showed today, this is what I wanted to see.

“We are going in the right direction but I think tonight is a special night for everybody.”

The draw leaves Arsenal in tenth and ten points adrift of the Champions League places, with the club returning to action when they travel to face Bournemouth in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend.

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