'Our best player ': Some Chelsea fans praise Blues ace who had 60 touches vs Arsenal

Plenty of Chelsea supporters on social media were sympathetic towards Billy Gilmour and his efforts against Arsenal yesterday.

Gilmour was axed at half time by Thomas Tuchel, with his side already 1-0 down after a calamitous error involving Jorginho and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Blues fans felt their Scottish prodigy was one of the few shining lights at Stamford Bridge, despite only playing 45 minutes.

Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Will_CFC_/status/1392597105823424515?s=20

WAYNE ROONEY TO EVERTON IS A JOKE.

https://twitter.com/CFC_Cal/status/1392592542919761923?s=20
https://twitter.com/CFCHarrison88/status/1392592242745954304?s=20

Billy the kid

It really summarised the result for Chelsea that Gilmour was earning the plaudits, regardless of his minimalised role.

According to WhoScored.com, the 19-year-old managed 60 touches, one more than Christian Pulisic, perhaps the only other Blues player to perform well.

On the plus side, if it can be called that, the mini-midfielder made his third consecutive Premier League start for the first time in his career.

Photo by Chris Lee – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

He was decent at home to Fulham and solid away to Manchester City.

Unfortunately for Gilmour, facing Arsenal will not bring back good memories.

Tough night for Tuchel’s men

The same can be said for most of the Chelsea squad who featured on Wednesday evening.

They looked short of ideas, unsure of how to unlock Arsenal’s defensive stronghold.

Tuchel admitted in his post-match press conference that his team selection may have been influenced by Saturday’s FA Cup final.

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The German coach made seven changes in total from last weekend’s win over Manchester City.

This might explain why the Blues seemed to lack any cohesion or were unable to create any chances.

With their top-four hopes now under threat again, the trip to Wembley in two days’ time feels even more prevalent.

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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.