Mikel Arteta finally reveals what Moises Caicedo said to him after he was found embracing the player at full time against Chelsea in the weekend.

Why Mikel Arteta was furious with Moises Caicedo and what happened after Chelsea vs Arsenal
Chelsea were made to settle for just one point in their London derby against Arsenal on Saturday evening after the Gunners mounted a late fightback at Stamford Bridge

Emotions were very high in Chelsea’s thrilling 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Saturday evening. After the Blues went two goals ahead through Cole Palmer and Mykhailo Mudryk, the Gunners mounted a late fightback to ensure the points were shared.

After a misplaced pass from Robert Sanchez, Declan Rice was on hand to place the ball into a largely empty net. Then it was Leandro Trossard, who lost Malo Gusto, to equalise for Arsenal with just minutes left of normal time.

The second-half especially was a classic all-London derby where emotions were high, tackles were flying in and there were plenty of goals. Moises Caicedo, who was signed for way over £100million in the summer transfer window, had an excellent game in the midfield alongside Conor Gallagher and Enzo Fernandez.

The Blues’ midfield trio largely dominated their Arsenal counterparts, which played a huge part in the bearing of the game. Caicedo put in a few strong tackles, some of which were perhaps contentious – especially to Mikel Arteta.

Arteta was visibly furious on the touchline with some of the Ecuadorian’s challenges but after the game, the two enjoyed a warm embrace. But it was one of those games, with intense tackles going in from both teams at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea can take many positives – including the performance from their midfield trio – from the game despite throwing away a two-goal lead in west London. Mauricio Pochettino admitted after the match that it does feel like two points dropped rather than one gained.

Yes [it feels like two points dropped] because I feel until 77 minutes when we conceded the first goal, I think we were in control and didn’t concede many chances,” Pochettino told reporters. “I think Arsenal are an amazing team, they were fighting last season for the trophy and I think this season improved with some players also. Yes, disappointed because we dropped two points.”

Next up for Chelsea is a Premier League match with Brentford next Saturday in the lunchtime kick-off. The Blues have not lost a match since the defeat to Aston Villa at the end of last month, with Pochettino enjoying a bit of momentum for the first time since being appointed as head coach in the summer.

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