Fear grips Chelsea fans over Edouard Mendy after Blues win over Arsenal

August 2nd, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

The Blues fans were apprehensive following Kepa Arrizabalaga’s performance in his second half cameo during Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Arsenal.

The fans realised the Spaniard will become Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 26-year-old continued his pre-season preparations coming on for Edouard Mendy with half hour to play, but conceded inside ten minutes of coming on.

Granit Xhaka levelled proceedings for the Gunners by nodding the ball in into the back of the net leaving the Spanish goalkeeper rooted to the spot, which ignited serious concern among Chelsea fans.

Blues fans took to Twitter as they expressed their scepticism following the realisation that the west London side will be without star man Mendy come January.

The Africa Cup of Nations’ latest instalment kicks off January 9 before its eventual conclusion on February 6, meaning the Blues will be without their Senegalese goalkeeper, and instead have to field either Kepa or newly signed Marcus Bettinelli.

@CFCbender said: “One thing for certain is Kepa is not good enough to be our 2nd choice GK. With Mendy going away to AFCON in January we need to sign a good backup.”

@Studioyosepra was in full support of the Blues number one, but suggested that Kepa doesn’t provide them with much confidence: “I don’t know man… Yes, it was 90% of the defence fault.

“But I really don’t like someone who doesn’t even try. In Kepa’s case, standing still….. yet again.”

Another fan, @ayowa9, unconvinced by Kepa’s eventual first-choice role said: “Kepa couldn’t even move, I swear the goal is not painful but the way he stood like a statue is a nightmare.”

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