Declan Rice has hailed Arsenal’s character after they came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Cole Palmer and Mykhailo Mudryk put the Blues ahead, but Rice sparked a late comeback after pouncing on a Robert Sanchez error before Leandro Trossard scored the equaliser.
And the 24-year-old was delighted with his contribution as Arsenal maintained their unbeaten start to the league season despite struggling for most of the game.
“I think the first half is probably the worst we’ve played all season, in terms of our sloppiness,” he told Sky Sports. “Not doing things in our structure, not doing things how we’ve worked on them all week.
“We have to credit Chelsea for how they played but sometimes it’s about that inner belief, that mindset that you can do it and once I got the first – it’s about driving the team on and making sure that everyone believes we can get something here.
“In the end, it’s a positive result from where we’ve come from. We were too sloppy on the ball, even my first pass I gave it away, but in the second half we showed what we’re about and to remain unbeaten it’s massively important.”
“When you look up at the clock and we’ve gone full gas the whole game, you start to run out of legs but when I latched onto that one [for the goal] we found a second bit of energy,” he added.
“The subs who came on were outstanding today. It was a massive team effort and it’s about the team always, and I think today we showed great heart and character.
“For my goal it’s not easy because you’ve got a split second decision about whether to pass or shoot, but thankfully I took it on and scored.
“I was obviously buzzing but we were still 2-1 down at that point and the most important thing was that we kicked on and found an equaliser.”