Ian Wright believed Kurt Zouma was the weak link for Chelsea during their exasperating 1-0 defeat to Arsenal yesterday, speaking on Premier League Productions.
Zouma was one of several Blues players who had a disappointing Premier League evening at Stamford Bridge last night.
Arsenal was handed their goal on a silver platter following a mix-up between Jorginho and Kepa Arrizabalaga.
From the 16th minute on, the Gunners put up a fortress to protect their lead, and it was a strong hold that Chelsea could simply not penetrate.
Thomas Tuchel made seven changes for the London Derby, including a recall for Zouma in the left centre-back role.
Wright felt that the Frenchman was not only a soft spot in Chelsea’s side, but also at fault for the Arsenal opener.
“I think Kurt Zouma is someone that should be put under pressure,” explained the former Gunners striker.
“Especially playing on the left-hand side of defence. He’s not comfortable. He looked very nervous.
“I think the pressure they’ve put on him has made him pass back to Jorginho, who was then rushed by Emile Smith Rowe.
“I always thought it was weakness, Zouma.”
A lot of blame will be put on Jorginho and Kepa’s shoulders for the error.
However, Zouma could’ve done more to take the pressure off his teammates.
From that moment on, it felt like Chelsea were chasing the tie and could never fully recover.
They huffed, puffed and tried to pass their way through without much luck.
A more traditional tactic of crosses into the box had equally an underwhelming affect.
Very few in Blue from Wednesday’s wobble can be assured of a start in the FA Cup final on Saturday.
With the likes of Antonio Rudiger and possibly Andreas Christensen set to return, Zouma can probably wave Wembley goodbye.
I totally get what Wright’s saying and yes, Zouma had a very poor game.
He was not alone. Billy Gilmour and Christian Pulisic were arguably the only two who finished the fixture with any credit.
I also agree Zouma played his part in conceding that horror moment. Yet, I still think Jorginho has to take the brunt of the blame.
As a child, you’re told not to pass backward between your own posts. I’m not sure he even looked to see where Kepa was.