Goalkeeping analyst picks out Kepa Arrizabalaga's weaknesses

Goalkeeping Intelligence educator John Harrison has explained why Kepa Arrizabalaga has been struggling to keep clean sheets this season.

The 25-year-old has kept six clean sheets from 25 Premier League appearances in the Premier League so far, joint 12th-best in the league.

To put it into perspective, Alisson and Kasper Schmeichel have had 10 clean sheets, Ederson and David de Gea have had nine and eight respectively.

And according to Harrison, who specialises in statistical analysis, one of the reasons is the Spanish international’s inability to save one-on-ones.

From 14 one-on-one situations he has faced, he only saved two of those. And Harrison said Kepa’s poor decision making has been a major problem since he has only made optimal decisions 21% of the time (while the Premier League goalkeepers’ average is 55%).

He pointed out that Kepa regularly rushes off his line in one-on-one situations, which makes it easier for the opposing strikers to slot the ball past him.

Another problematic habit of Chelsea’s record signing is staying too deep when strikers have the ball close to the goal.

According to his data, Kepa has conceded six more goals than the average Premier League goalkeeper is expected to. And five of those goals can be attributed to poor goalkeeping in one-on-one situations.

However, Harrison also said since the problem lies in decision making, it is possible for Kepa to improve.

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The former Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper has shown what he could do, just like his heroic performances in Chelsea last two victories over Liverpool and Everton.

Finding the consistency to perform in that level, however, is another story.

Will Chelsea and Frank Lampard have the patient to wait for Kepa to improve and risk next season’s objectives? Who knows, but the west London outfit have been linked with a number of potential replacements for Kepa.

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A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.