Don’t blame Zouma alone. Wenger reveals the other players responsible for Southampton’s goal

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Chelsea’s defence have been very solid under Thomas Tuchel, but Southampton easily breached it in Saturday’s game at the St Mary’s Stadium.

A fine pass from Nathan Redmond found Takumi Minamino, and the Liverpool loanee easily beat Cesar Azpilicueta and Edouard Mendy to score the first goal of the game.

Chelsea would eventually equalise through Mason Mount, but couldn’t find a winning goal at the end.

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was at the beIN SPORTS studio to analyse the game, and he wasn’t only critical of Kurt Zouma who switched off to concede the opportunity, but also blamed the positioning of Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James.

Wenger told beIN SPORTS: “I liked it very much because Redmond gave a great ball for Minamino but what is very interesting for the strikers to watch is the number of times Minamino lifts his head to see where the ‘keeper is.

“And I think you see twice clearly that lifts his head and in a composure situation he is composed, despite the fact Southampton are under huge pressure.

“This guy is an artist in his mind but I would say it’s as well an art of bad defending from Chelsea.

“Zouma has turned completely, the space between him and Azpilicueta. Look where Reece James is… he should be in there and Azpilicueta much more in.

“There is no communication and no taking information but what the striker does is exceptional.”

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