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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has faced intense criticisms this season, and the Spaniard came under fire yet again after Arsenal scored Chelsea twice from only two shots in the London derby game on Tuesday.
Arsenal legend Martin Keown has revealed that he doesn’t think Kepa is worth the £71m that made him the most expensive goalkeeper in the world, and also urged the 25-year-old to improve.
“Well that points very much at the goalkeeper,” Keown said on BBC Match of the Day.
“[That] suggests maybe he is not up to it at the moment. [Chelsea] spent £71million on him and that one there, perhaps he can’t see it, but he has to do better, of course, he does.”
After the draw against Arsenal, Lampard was asked about the performance of his goalkeeper, but the Blues boss chose not to criticise the Spaniard.
He said: “I know there’s a focus on him at the minute. That’s top-line football. Yes, with his feet, a couple of times today he took too long and he nearly gave it away. That can sometimes change the momentum of a game and he will know and have to look at, and we will have to look at. Yes, it is normal. Any player in a position, particularly goalkeepers, will be looked at, particularly the mettle you have got.
“But he is not the only one. We are in fourth position which is seen as pretty good. I know and we all know that there should be another 10 points on the board at least on performance. We need to look at those final details.”