Chelsea news: Ian Wright slams Kepa Arrizabalaga for failing to deal with Wilfried Zaha goal

Kepa couldn’t stop Wilfried Zaha’s strike (Picture: Reuters)

Arsenal legend Ian Wright criticised Kepa Arrizabalaga after the Chelsea goalkeeper failed to deal with Wilfried Zaha’s goal in the Blues’ clash against Crystal Palace.

The Spaniard was caught off-guard as the Ivory Coast star hit the back of the net from all of 30 yards in Chelsea’s 3-2 win at Selhurst Park.

Kepa, a £71m signing from Athletic Bilbao, has failed to live up to his price tag since his arrival from Spain and though Zaha’s effort was hit with plenty of power, many criticised the goalkeeper for failing to keep out such a central strike.

Frank Lampard is keen on signing a new goalkeeper this summer and Wright believes Zaha’s goal is proof of why.


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Kepa was beaten from 30 yards (Picture: Getty)

‘Honestly for me for £71m worth of a goalkeeper he’s got to do better with that,’ Wright told Premier League Productions.

‘The power was brilliant but the way he’s gone with his arm he’s just missed the flight of the ball.

‘It’s a powerful strike don’t get me wrong but from where it’s gone in the goal he’s got to do better, he’s got to at least get a hand to that.

‘Watch where it is – he’s in the middle of the goal! I’d be gutted if my goalkeeper let that in.’

Olivier Giroud gave Chelsea the lead in controversial fashion as the Blues played on following Gary Cahill’s injury.

Christian Pulisic doubled his side’s advantage before Zaha pulled one back in spectacular fashion.

Tammy Abraham looked to have sealed the win but Christian Benteke got his side back in it to ensure it was a nervous ending.

Palace had numerous chances at the death to equalise but Chelsea held on for a crucial three points.

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