Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted he was surprised by the fight back from his “young kids” as the Gunners secured a 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Tuesday.
Jorghino’s penalty had given the Blues a 1-0 lead at half-time, but a young Arsenal side showed heart to score twice in the second half despite going down to 10 men when David Luiz was sent off.
Gabriel Martinelli struck first with a fine solo effort beginning in his own half, while Hector Bellerin netted in the 87th minute after Cesar Azpilicueta had looked to steal all three points just a few minutes before.
Hailing his players efforts after the game, Arteta ran out of superlatives to describe how they fought back.
The Spaniard admitted he sensed a comeback could be on the cards at half-time, but was taken aback by their incredible work ethic to secure a point thanks to Bellerin’s weak foot strike.
“The spirit, character, fight and leadership was there,” Arteta said.
“You have to really stand up. When someone makes a mistake and someone has to take a red card for him it can happen.
Hector Bellerin curled home a later equaliser for Arsenal at Stamford Bridge with his weaker foot
“What has to happen is you have to stand up for him and every single player did that.
“I sensed at half time they believed they could get back into the game.
“I wasn’t expecting Hector to score with his left foot but was very pleased.
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“I am surprised – we are playing with lot of young kids and what they showed tonight is going to be great experience for them. If you put in everything, anything can happen.”
Arsenal are back in action on Monday when they travel to Bournemouth in the FA Cup.