Chelsea fans are quickly losing faith with Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In truth, there were numerous areas of frustration for Frank Lampard’s side on Tuesday night after failing to beat a 10-man Arsenal team despite taking the lead twice.
Jorginho converted the penalty that was sparked by David Luiz’s red card, before Gabriel Martinelli equalised with a swash-buckling run from his own half after N’Golo Kante’s costly slip.
Then Cesar Azpilicueta looked to have won the game late on with a deft flick, only to see Hector Bellerin curl in a fine left-footed finish to ensure the points were shared at Stamford Bridge.
A very trying game for the home side to say the very least and Arrizabalaga’s name kept making an appearance across social media after Arsenal fired back twice.
- Ian Wright makes fun of Cesar Azpilicueta
- ‘David Luiz cam’ appeared on BT Sport
- Martinelli runs from his own half to score vs Chelsea
More criticism for Kepa
The world’s most expensive goalkeeper has been making all sorts of negative headlines in recent weeks and it’s even touted that Lampard wants to replace him as number one.
His meltdown during last year’s League Cup final still lives long in the memory and this season has seen a sharp rise in mistakes, most recently for Newcastle United’s last-ditch winner.
Sure, there weren’t any glaring errors during Arsenal’s visit to west London, but conceding every shot he faced throughout the match doesn’t exactly cover him in glory.
Worst statistics at Chelsea
And before we get too carried away with revealing our statistics, we’ve decided to roll all of the woeful data-sets that Arrizabalaga has produced since the Arsenal game into one big list.
So, without further ado, here are the numbers that Arrizabalaga will desperately be trying to avoid:
1. Faced two shots on target against Arsenal, conceded them both
2. The 127th best save percentage in Europe’s top five leagues out of 132 goalkeepers
3. The worst save percentage of any Premier League goalkeeper this season
4. Fewest ‘expected’ goals prevented in the 2019/20 Premier League season
5. Fewer clean sheets than Watford, Burnley, Newcastle and West Ham United this season
6. More goals conceded from outside the box (6) than any Premier League goalkeeper in 2019/20
7. Ranked as the 27th best Premier League goalkeeper this season out of 35 by WhoScored.com
Can somebody get a taxi for Arrizabalaga? That’s got to hurt.
GIVEMESPORT’s Kobe Tong says
I’m a firm believer that Arrizabalaga is one of the best goalkeepers in the world on his day and you’d be hard-pressed to say he was poor last season.
It’s not as though the Spaniard is dropping obvious clangers – bear in mind he has no ‘errors leading towards goal’ in the league this season – he just isn’t saving many of the attempts he would have done in 2018/19.
Take the goals last night… should Arrizabalaga have prevented them? Perhaps not, but the world’s best ‘keepers with whom he once stood would at least be stopping one.
I think the best course of action is giving Willy Caballero a brief run of games in the team, just as Manuel Pellergini did with Costel Pantilimon over Joe Hart back in 2013/14.
Signing another ‘keeper would be blind to the fact Arrizabalaga is actually top quality, he simply needs a wake-up call that spending some time on the bench would deliver in abundance.
Perhaps then, he’ll return to the side – just as Hart did and yes, he was actually good then – and produce the sort of form that saw Chelsea break records to sign him in the first place.