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Bakayoko and Ozil.

Tactical analysis of Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea focused on Tiemoue Bakayoko's display

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London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea played out a thrilling 2-2 draw in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

Signed for £39.7m from Monaco over the summer, Tiemoue Bakayoko has failed to impress Chelsea supporters and he was heavily criticised on social media for his midfield performance at the Emirates.

The 23-year-old Frenchman has been a regular in Antonio Conte's side whilst Danny Drinkwater has made only three Premier League starts.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard - who is arguably the club's greatest ever midfielder - criticised Bakayoko in December following his role in Atletico Madrid's equaliser in the costly 1-1 draw in the Champions League group stage.

“He [Bakayoko] sleeps,” Lampard said on BT Sport. “His concentration goes and at this level if you sleep for a second and it's an easy goal for Atletico.

“I don't know with Bakayoko. I think it's well documented that he hasn't settled quickly at Chelsea and English football in the Premier League as well and he has to come to grips with that."

Despite being injured upon signing, the French international has already racked up 20 Premier League appearances in his debut season.

Huddersfield Town v Chelsea - Premier League

Tactical analysis video highlights Bakayoko's inadequacies

The detailed video looked at how Arsenal attempted to neutralise Eden Hazard's threat but focused heavily on Bakayoko's supposed role as a 'box-to-box midfielder'. 

It's damning stuff and you would imagine that Conte must be considering dropping the former Monaco star.

Ultimately, the video shows that Bakayoko needs to get his act together if he is to be a success in West London.

Bakayoko's mad claim

In November, the overlooked French midfielder laughably suggested that he is just as good as Chelsea teammate N'Golo Kante.

"I am disappointed," said Bakayoko upon being omitted by Didier Deschamps. "I believe in this World Cup, it remains my goal. I play in a big club, I think it can play in my favour.

Chelsea v Manchester City - Premier League

"I think [Adrien] Rabiot, Kante, [Blaise] Matuidi, [Corentin] Tolisso are no better than me. I respect the choices of the coach and I also respect the selected players, they are talented, they are friends.

"I am proud that they are selected, I would like to be with them. But I'm not worse than them."

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