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Carragher pins blame on ’embarrassing’ Chelsea trio as Arsenal expose ‘absolute mess’

Jamie Carragher May 2022

Jamie Carragher has called Chelsea an ‘absolute mess’ after they capitulated in the first half of their Premier League match against Arsenal.

Chelsea found themselves 3-0 down by half time at the Emirates Stadium after a brace from Martin Odegaard and a goal by Gabriel Jesus. After the third goal, Sky Sports co-commentator Carragher took aim at the Blues.

He said: “Absolutely superb from Arsenal and absolutely shocking from Chelsea. This club is an absolute mess right at this moment. And, this could get an awful lot worse for Frank Lampard and his staff, and Chelsea supporters.

“Ben White puts that ball in at the far post – left foot – so easy to bring it down, Gabriel Jesus at that back post. It’s embarrassing from Chelsea.

“It’s like five-a-side football. There’s three of them on the six-yard box all sat on their backsides now, as that ball goes in, and that shot, three of them on their backsides in the box, probably sums Chelsea’s season up.

“We can’t keep looking every time Chelsea lose a game at what the owners have done. To think of the success this club have had, since Arsenal last won the title Chelsea have won 19 trophies. They expect the best, they expect standards. This is a million miles away from it.”

The three players floored in the six-yard box that Carragher was referring to were starting centre-backs Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva and Wesley Fofana.

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Chelsea nightmare continues

It has been a nightmare season for Chelsea, who are currently in the bottom half of the Premier League table. Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter have both been sacked after spells in charge as head coach.

Owner Todd Boehly has come in for plenty of criticism for his excessive spending on new players and other issues, which Carragher highlighted throughout his commentary.

But as the former Liverpool defender alluded to, some of those on the pitch for Lampard’s side will have to take responsibility for their slipping standards as well.

On a run of five consecutive defeats before the Arsenal fixture on Tuesday night, Chelsea have looked like a club in freefall with some serious issues to address.

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