The curious case of Kepa Arrizabalaga – ‘prevented us from winning and losing at the same time’ – How some fans reacted to mixed night in Valencia

Kepa Arrizabalaga made headlines in August of last year when he became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper. The Spaniard made an astonishing £72m move from Athletic Bilbao, leaving many fans shell-shocked. It’s fair to say that unless you’re an avid watcher of La Liga, it’s unlikely you’d have known a lot about him.

His first season saw mixed reviews. The Carabao Cup final fallout for failing to leave the pitch when Maurizio Sarri wanted to substitute the 25-year-old set tongues wagging. The Italian later played it down as a misunderstanding.

On the plus side, Kepa was the hero in a Europa League semi-final penalty shootout victory against Eintract Frankfurt. The win sent Chelsea to Baku, where the Spanish international played his part in the Blues 4-1 victory over Arsenal.

This season has been much of the same. Last night typified the highs and lows of his Chelsea career so far.

Having been castigated by some for nearly gifting Sergio Aguero a goal on Saturday, some fans were appalled by his failure to keep out the opening goal at the Mestella.

Kepa then turned hero, making a fabulous save from a Valencia penalty to keep the Blues ahead at the time. However, the Spaniard was beaten by a late cross-come-shot that agonisingly evaded his grasp. It was harsh on Kepa, but some saw it as another opportunity to give him some stick. Others have stuck up for 25-year-old.

Here’s how some fans reacted on social media…

The jury is out on Kepa at the moment. He has the potential to become one of the best keepers in the world. A bit of fine  tuning to his game and Chelsea will have a key part to their jigsaw. Clean sheets have been rare this season, but that is largely down to uncertain defending. Plenty for Frank Lampard, and Jody Morris to work on defensively.

Should Chelsea consider buying a new goalkeeper, or is Kepa the future? Feel free to comment below…


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