Ian Wright slams Chelsea's 'embarrassing' situation after Kepa Arrizabalaga's cup defiance


A dramatic bust-up between Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri and goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga at Wembley on Sunday rather overshadowed the team's performance in the Carabao Cup final.

The Blues were eventually beaten on penalties by Manchester City after going toe-to-toe with Pep Guardiola's side for 120 minutes.

Even though Chelsea lost, their performance showed significant improvement over recent weeks. But that seems to have been forgotten in light of Kepa's public defiance.

Minutes before the game went to a shootout, the fourth official at Wembley raised his board to signal a change - and it was Kepa's number that went up.

But the young shot-stopper refused to leave the pitch, completely undermining Sarri's substitution and further pushing the narrative that players have far too much power at Stamford Bridge.

Inexplicably, it was the coach who blinked first and backed down. Kepa stayed on for the shootout and Chelsea lost 4-3.

All the talk post-match was about that exchange between the two men. Both were very quick to downplay the incident as a misunderstanding, but not many people are buying it.

In fact, following the incident, Ian Wright has laid into Chelsea and called the situation surrounding the club 'embarrassing'.

Chelsea v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Final

"There's a certain sadness with what's happening," the ex-England striker told BBC Radio 5 live.

"Something has to happen. It can't keep on carrying on. It's getting embarrassing on a daily basis."

On top of calling the situation 'embarrassing', Wright went one step further and suggested that this is the worst period in the club's recent history and suggested Sarri could be on his way out. 


"I've not seen Chelsea [since Roman Abramovich became the owner in 2003] in as much disarray as they are in now," the BBC pundit continued.

"You've got a man [Sarri] but it's not quite happening for him. It doesn't look like it's getting better any time soon. Do they stick with him? It seems like the easiest thing to do is to move him on."

Ouch. Those comments don't make good reading for Chelsea fans. It's clear the London club are struggling at the moment and Wright is the latest high-profile pundit to lay into them. 

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