It’s just not getting any better for Kepa Arrizabalaga at Chelsea, is it?
Frank Lampard must have thought he had solved his goalkeeping issue with the purchase of Edouard Mendy during the summer window, with the shot-stopper keeping a clean sheet on his first Premier League start prior to the international break.
But Lampard’s worst fears became a reality when Mendy suffered an injury while away on international duty, meaning the boss had a decision to make as to who started in goal for his side’s home clash with Southampton.
Was it to be Willy Caballero or the world’s most expensive goalkeeper Kepa? Lampard opted to go with the latter…but the 26-year-old once again put in a shaky performance as the Blues were held to a 3-3 draw on Saturday.
Even though Chelsea were 2-0 up and cruising, the Saints were always in with a chance considering the Blues’ leaky defence. Sure enough, up popped Danny Ings, who darted through the heart of the defence before rounding Kepa and tapping in moments before half time.
Simply because Kepa was unable to stop Ings from taking the ball round him, a number of fans took to Twitter to voice their frustration. The only problem? It wasn’t actually his fault, Kai Havertz was the one to lose the ball in a very dangerous position.
But that doesn’t matter, does it?
However, others were quick to defend the shot-stopper as y’know, not everything is exactly his fault…
Admittedly, however, the statistics once again didn’t make for good reading…
Look, the first goal may not have been his fault, but there is simply no defence for his involvement for Southampton’s second.
It was bad. Very bad.
Kurt Zouma looked to turn and play the ball back to his goalkeeper, but ended up playing a very weak pass under pressure. Che Adams chased down the back pass, which Kepa came flying out to meet.
It appeared to be authoritative goalkeeping at first from Kepa…until he decided to pull out and not collect the ball despite sliding for it. As a result, Adams was able to simply collect the ball next to goal and look for his strike partner.
But as Adams raced to keep it in play, this provided Kepa with the chance to get back and stop the ball from being played across.
Indeed, he got back in time, but erm, he ended up sliding past it on his way back. Adams was therefore able to latch onto the loose ball again and fire into the net.
It was so bad from both Zouma and Kepa. This time, those on Twitter were very much justified in their criticism of the man between the sticks…
But among some of the frankly ludicrous opinions and the more subtly yet still controversial takes that come with Twitter, one user provided a very…well, well balanced assessment of the events that unfolded…
Another game, another Kepa mistake. When will Mendy be ready again, Frank?