'How did I miss this?': Some Chelsea fans now in hysterics at what Reece James did against Arsenal

A few eagle-eyed Chelsea supporters on social media enjoyed a moment of Reece James being full-blooded against Arsenal last weekend.

One Blues follower had clearly gone back over the game to revel in the team’s 2-0 derby day win when they stumbled across a particularly amusing snippet.

The video caught James being tackled slightly late by Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka.

In retaliation to the delayed challenge, Chelsea’s full-back decided to shove Xhaka to the Emirates turf.


Passion: yes. Slightly unnecessary: yes. Did the Blues fans love it? Yes.

Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:

Reece in the right place

On another day, James might have faced the cold arm of the officials and their VAR sidekick.

As it transpired, he walked away scot-free from the incident and was able to lavish in the afternoon’s antics.

For him personally, it was a fixture that will never be forgotten.

He was at the centre of everything good about Chelsea’s performance.

Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

James provided the inch-perfect cross to assist Romelu Lukaku’s first-ever goal for the club.

Not to be out down by his new teammate, the 21-year-old then lashed a fierce strike past Bernd Leno to double the visitor’s advantage.

It was clear how much the effort meant to the defender, as he grasped and battered the Blues badge in celebration.

That was only the fourth time James had scored for Chelsea in 86 appearances; what a time and place to do it.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.