Chelsea fans react as Kepa Arrizabalaga leads the Blues to penalty shootout win over Aston Villa
Chelsea were given a real fight by Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge but goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga stepped up when needed to make the difference on the night.
In what was largely an evenly balanced game, Timo Werner gave the Blues the lead in the second half. Thomas Tuchel’s side were ahead for just 10 minutes before Cameron Archer drew the Villians level in the 64th minute.
The game eventually went to penalties and the Blues had goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to thank for making the difference on the night.
Loves a penalty shootout. 🤌 pic.twitter.com/dccSys0d3l— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 22, 2021
The Spaniard made an excellent stop off Marvellous Nkamva’s spot-kick to swing the pendulum in his side’s favour on the night. Kepa is not Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper anymore. However, he once again reminded both fans and rivals alike that he remains a formidable player on his day.
The Blues will now take on Southampton in the next round at home. The tie should hand Kepa another opportunity to prove himself. Whether it will be enough for him to usurp Edouard Mendy’s position remains to be seen.
We now take a look at how some fans reacted to the 26-year-old Spaniard’s performance on social media.
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Kepa Arrizabalaga,now you can agree he was worth the amount— Senior Counsel (@mlolongo_1) September 22, 2021
It’s official Kepa Arrizabalaga is the king of penalty shoot outs— Bags & Richies ☠️ (@michael_khorrs) September 22, 2021
Kepa Arrizabalaga is a cheat code for penalty shootouts— Liam (@_CFCLiam2) September 22, 2021
That’s it. That’s the tweet.— Stifler (@Boyy_Stif) September 22, 2021
This Kepa Arrizabalaga remontada isn’t spoken about enough. Feel like we can finally trust him being the goalkeeper— Raf (@CFC_Raf) September 22, 2021
Kepa Arrizabalaga might be the second best Gk in the world behind Edouard Mendy— ₁₀🇫🇷 (@DebbyChelsea10) September 22, 2021
Kepa Arrizabalaga is the best GK in PK shoot-outs in the world. Take it or leave it.— Olieć (@EddieOliech) September 22, 2021
Can you Keparize in the post like Kepa Arrizabalaga, he’s a class when it comes to Penalties— 🌼 BASHEL💙 (@yawbashel) September 22, 2021
When it comes to penalty, KEPA ARRIZABALAGA is the GOAT 🙌🔥
Go Chelsea 🏆💙#KTBFFH pic.twitter.com/SeAPPev78i— ANIL G.C. 🇳🇵 (@Anil_Bluez) September 22, 2021
Crazy to think how far Kepa Arrizabalaga has come with shootouts since that ridiculous situation with Sarri against City.
Kepa seems so confident during shootouts now, absolutely love the shithousery and mind games 😂— THE MAYOR OF IFE (@HarmoyeH) September 22, 2021