Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga infuriated Chelsea fans and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri after he refused to be substituted in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City on Sunday.
The incident has put the club in bad light as the spotlight has been on Chelsea since then with many believing that there’s dressing room unrest at the club.
Following the incident on Sunday, Chelsea have made a decision to fine Kepa one week’s wages and donate it to the Chelsea Foundation.
Kepa has already issued an apology, while Sarri has admitted that it was just a misunderstanding. But reports claim that there was a heated moment in the dressing room after the game.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri who angrily walked down the tunnel befor returning to the touchline has urged everyone at Chelsea to put the incident behind and focus on the next game against Tottenham.
However, there have been calls for the manager to drop Kepa for tonight’s vital mid-week clash against Spurs.
Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Sarri must stay strong and make a statement by replacing Kepa with Willy Caballero.
“I think the manager has to stay strong and tell him he’s not playing – he’s got to,” he said on The Debate.
“If you’re the manager then you’ve got to tell him you’ve shown me no respect otherwise the rest of the players will be thinking ‘wow, come on’.”
He added: “You’ve got to give your manager the respect.”
However, former England goalkeeper David Seaman who was also a guest on The Debate disagreed with Merson regarding dropping Kepa insisting that Chelsea need to play their strongest side in their bid for the top four this season.
“If Chelsea aren’t going for the top four it’s an easy decision but they are, so they’ve got to play their best team,” he said.
“It may show a bit of a weakness in Sarri but Kepa should play.”