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Mikel Arteta proud with 10-man Arsenal display against Chelsea

Mikel Arteta can’t hide his happiness after Arsenal scored a late equaliser to earned a 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

It was a delightful moment for Arsenal despite down to 10 men as early as 26 minutes after David Luiz fouled Tammy Abraham inside the penalty area, awarding Jorginho to score the first goal for Chelsea.

Chelsea however, suffered an embarrassing moment as a slip by N’Golo Kante allowed 18-year-old Gabriel Martinelli to score an equaliser in 63 minutes.

It looks as though when Cesar Azpilicueta scored Chelsea’s second goal in the 84th minute, they have scored a winner, but Arsenal denied that late on.

Hector Bellerin marked his return from injury with a dramatic equaliser for Arsenal, a goal that delighted Arteta after the game.

“To do that against this kind of opponent in this stadium, I really value,” Gunners boss 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.”

Despite encouraging performance, Arsenal remain 10 points off a Champions League spot from Chelsea.

Incredibly, Arsenal won only once in their last eight Premier League games and Arteta himself remains without an away win since taking charge in December.

For David Luiz, he has given away three penalties in the Premier League this season, more than any other player.