Arsenal winger Leandro Trossard paid tribute to the team’s resilience as they came back from two goals down to share the spoils against Chelsea.
One thing that Arsenal has in spades since Mikel Arteta took over is a never-say-die attitude, which was put to the test against Chelsea at a rain-soaked Stamford Bridge.
The Gunners started slowly and looked a little disjointed, and they found themselves down 2-0 shortly after halftime.
But instead of wilting under the pressure, the Gunners managed to drag themselves back thanks to goals from Declan Rice and Leandro Trossard.
For the Belgian, he has praised his team’s ability never to quit when the going gets tough.
"“It’s really well done to the boys to not get our heads down, and keep on working,” Trossard said via arsenal.com. “That’s how you can even win games as well. We need to take that with us and focus on the next game.”"
With Arsenal looking poor in the first half, several tweaks were made in the second half, and the Gunners, while still not playing at their peak, looked far better.
The ability to stem the Chelsea tide and then attack as they did will no doubt please Arteta, but the first-half performance will cause the Spaniard some sleepless nights.
So what were the changes made at half-time that looked to have benefitted Arsenal at Stamford Bridge?
"“It’s not easy to have an explanation on that, but we just changed the gear in the second half a bit more,” Trossard said. “We played better, we were more aggressive, and you have to win your duels as well. I think we did better in the second half, and we can score goals like that.”"
The result means that Arsenal is still undefeated after nine games, having played both Manchester teams, Tottenham and Chelsea.
Although the performances haven’t been ideal, the sign of a good team is picking up points even when they aren’t playing well, and Arteta’s Arsenal are doing a good job of that right now.