Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal: Mikel Arteta praises Gunners’ spirit and character | Football News

David Luiz was sent off on his Stamford Bridge homecoming but Arsenal fought back to claim a 2-2 draw

Last Updated: 21/01/20 11:36pm

Arsenal players celebrate during the 2-2 draw with Chelsea

Mikel Arteta praised Arsenal’s never-say-die spirit after they twice fought back from behind to claim a dramatic 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge despite having David Luiz sent off in the first half.

The Brazilian was shown a straight red card when he brought down Tammy Abraham following an under-hit backpass from Shkodran Mustafi, with Jorginho converting the resulting penalty.

But Gabriel Martinelli struck a breakaway equaliser midway through the second period, before Cesar Azpilicueta’s close-range finish was cancelled out by Hector Bellerin’s left-footed strike three minutes from time.

2:58 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea’s draw with Arsenal

FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea’s draw with Arsenal

The full-back’s goal secured a draw which felt like a win for Arsenal, who only had two shots on goal to Chelsea’s 19 but showed impressive resilience, and Arteta was delighted by their response to the early setback.

“I am proud,” he said in…