Lampard laments Chelsea's 'basic errors' in Arsenal draw

Chelsea was held to a 2-2 draw by 10-man Arsenal, with mistakes at key moments annoying Frank Lampard.

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Frank Lampard was frustrated as "basic errors" saw Chelsea twice surrender the lead against 10-man Arsenal to draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Jorginho opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 28th minute after David Luiz was shown a red card for sending Tammy Abraham, who had pounced on a slack backpass from Shkodran Mustafi, to ground in the box.

Gabriel Martinelli sprinted from well inside his own half to score a classy counter-attacking goal after the hour mark, but Cesar Azpilicueta looked to have clinched all three points when he turned home Callum Hudson-Odoi's cross with six minutes remaining.

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However, Hector Bellerin, making his first start in over six weeks, got the better of a hobbling Abraham and found the bottom-left corner in the 87th minute.

"I am disappointed given the situation of the game. We completely deserved to go 1-0 up. For a little bit after that we were getting used to them with 10 men," Lampard told BT Sport.

"We created enough in the second half, it was the same story for us that we don't finish our chances and we made errors to give them two goals on the break. It probably shows where we are at. These sort of things don't lie.

"We work hard but basic errors when you should control the game can end up losing you points.

"It's not the slip from N'Golo [Kante], that can happen, it's that they get away from the edge of our box. That's a moment sleeping, people should know their jobs.

"And then the last goal, so easy to cut back. It's the sort of goal you see over the park, a right-back that moves it slowly onto his left foot and rolls it in the far corner. That can't happen."

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Mikel Arteta moved Granit Xhaka to centre-back after David Luiz's dismissal and believes the spirit his team showed can help it close a 10-point gap to Chelsea and challenge for the Champions League places.

"Time will tell [if it's a turning point], but at least I saw a reaction. I demand from the players that they never give up, the circumstances don't matter, we have to keep playing with the spirit we showed in every game," Arteta said.

 

"I'm so proud of the team and how they reacted, how they stepped up when a team-mate makes a mistake, someone gets sent off, and they have to have their back.

"We thought about taking everybody off because the energy was going down and every five minutes somebody was cramping, so we changed our mind a few times. But it's a good point in the end considering the circumstances of the game.

"We are hoping to fight to stay in the race for the Champions League until the end and if you want to do that you have to come here and to win and they way they did it was brilliant."

- Jorginho: Arsenal draw feels like a loss for wasteful Chelsea -

Jorginho was left feeling as though Chelsea had lost to 10-man Arsenal after second-half "mistakes" cost it two points in Tuesday's entertaining 2-2 draw.

"We feel like we lost the game," Jorginho told BT Sport. "We had the game in our hands, then in the last second conceded a goal when we shouldn't. It's hard. We need to move forward.

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"I don't think it's confidence because we played well and were controlling the game. Something about concentration maybe. In these kinds of games, you lose in moments. 

"We made mistakes. That is it. These big games are like this. You can win and lose the game in the details."

The draw was Arsenal's third in succession and left it 10th in the Premier League.

Granit Xhaka, who was moved to centre-back after David Luiz's red card, said the hard-earned away result proved a point to those who claim the Gunners lack resilience.

"After this game nobody will have to speak about us," Xhaka said. "We showed big character today. A lot of people speak about us, say we are not ready, we have no character in the team, but I think after this game everyone will see that we have [character].

"We played very well after the red card. It's so difficult always with one less, but [we showed] great team spirit. We were saying at half-time that we can do it and we twice came back. I am very proud of this team."

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