Mikel Arteta hailed Arsenal’s ten men heroes after they snatched an unlikely point in a dramatic London derby.
Arsenal defender David Luiz was sent off after just 28 minutes on his return to Stamford Bridge after Shkodran Mustafi’s defensive error.
But the visitors twice came from behind with goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Hector Bellerin to leave Arteta full of praise for his team’s heroic display.
Gunners boss Arteta said: “The spirit, character, fight and leadership was there. You have to really stand up. When someone makes a mistake and someone has to take a red card for him it can happen.
“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.”
Arteta even admitted he was just about to substitute Martinelli after Luiz got sent off and was grateful that he changed his mind as the 18-year-old Brazilian scored a leveller.