Kepa Arrizabalaga certainly did not endear himself to the Crystal Palace supporters during the derby with Chelsea.

Those who made the short journey to Stamford Bridge will have been angered by the Spaniard due to his selection of superb saves on Sunday.

The goalkeeper denied Patrick Vieira’s side on several occasions to preserve his clean sheet, just the club’s second in the Premier League since October.

Cheick Doucoure’s drive from range in the second-half was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Kepa, who was also on hand thrice in the opening exchanges to prevent Palace from scoring.

Tyrick Mitchell, Michael Olise and Jeffrey Schlupp can all rue Chelsea’s number one for being in such hot form.

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He enraged the travelling support further in the final flourishes of the game through a classic case of time wasting.

Kepa Arrizabalaga annoyed the Crystal Palace fans

With possession out of play for a goal kick, the Palace faithful tried to restart the match quickly by throwing Kepa the ball.

Instead of catching the ball, as is customary for a player in his position, the ‘keeper punched the offering back into the crowd.

Not once, but twice.

This did not sit well with those representing the Eagles, who sent a few stern words in the direction of the gloved guardian.

Kepa eventually got on with the fixture, but not before he received a few more obscenities from those behind the goal.

He got the last laugh, as Chelsea defeated Palace 1-0 thanks to a Kai Havertz’s header.

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