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Kepa Arrizabalaga has come under fire for mistakes this season but former Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green insists the dips in form are just part of being a goalkeeper.
Green also revealed Arrizabalaga has an arrogant side.
“It’s been a funny season for him, hasn’t it?” Green told the Athletic. “I think when you’re playing so many games as a keeper, the fluctuations are going to be there.
“What he’s got (in his favour)… he’s got fantastic feet, a lot of power. He has big thighs, a lot of muscle and that gives him a big spring. He is very fast as well, comes with a lot of speed.”
“As a person he’s a really nice lad, and he’s got a fantastic attitude,” Green added. “He does have this side of him which is arrogant, or certainly very confident in his own ability. It’s that fine line and he has that. He carries the fact that he is the most expensive keeper in the world with him.
“There is that edge to him in training. We used to have these races. I was the slowest by a long, long way. He was so much quicker than all the keepers, but he still had to cheat (and get a head start). He would have won anyway, but he still had to cheat. I would cheat just to keep up.”
Green continued: “Another thing he’d do in training is suddenly he will stop and say, ‘We’ve done all that. OK. Now I want this particular drill. This is what I need’.
“It was fair enough. He is the one out on the pitch. But it shows a strength of character to speak up like that.”