‘You’d rather face Edouard Mendy’: David Seaman believes Chelsea are at a disadvantage for Sunday’s game against Arsenal due to Kepa Arrizabalaga’s injury… but the former Gunners stopper praised the two ‘high quality goalkeepers’
- Kepa Arrizabalaga will miss Sunday’s clash with Arsenal due to injury
- The Spaniard has been in good shape since Graham Potter became Chelsea boss
- However, he sustained an injury last week and Edouard Mendy had to replace him
- David Seaman believes this is a huge blow to the Blues because of Kepa’s good form
Former England goalkeeper David Seaman believes Chelsea are in for a huge blow ahead of Sunday’s crunch clash with Arsenal by not having Kepa Arrizabalaga available.
Spanish stopper Kepa has been in good form for the Blues since Graham Potter took over – he started the first 10 games under the Englishman before stumbling with a foot injury at half time in last weekend’s dire 4-1 defeat to Brighton.
It was a remarkable turnaround for the keeper, whose stock had fallen so low under Potter’s predecessor Thomas Tuchel after a battle for form that he was expected to leave in the summer.
David Seaman thinks Chelsea will be dealt a huge blow by not having Kepa available against Arsenal
Since returning to the side through Mendy’s injury, Kepa kept clean sheets for five consecutive days on his return to the side.
However, he is slated to miss Sunday’s London derby, with Mendy replacing him. He replaced Kepa at halftime last weekend and played halfway through the Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb.
But Seaman, himself an Arsenal favorite, believes the Gunners have an advantage with Kepa out.
The Spanish stopper has been installed as Graham Potter’s first choice since joining Chelsea
He replaced Edouard Mendy who was injured at the time – Mendy was originally brought in as an upgraded option in 2020 but now has the chance to play again with Kepa who is injured.
“Right now you’d rather face Mendy because he hasn’t played in a while,” he told Seaman Says on his own podcast.
“Kepa has played very well, there is no doubt about that. He’s made some great saves.’
Mendy was initially brought to the club as a replacement for Kepa in 2020 and the Senegalese stopper has amassed 101 appearances since his £22 million move from Rennes.
He had generally been a reliable option for Chelsea, but went through a torrid spell of form earlier this season during Tuchel’s reign’s latest struggles.
Kepa, meanwhile, has made 135 appearances in four years after coming over from Athletic Bilbao for £71.6 million – a world record for a goalkeeper at the time.
Seaman emphasized the quality of both and admitted he would watch with intrigue to see who selects Potter as his number 1 if both are suitable.
Seaman believes it will be interesting to see who selects Potter when they are both fully fit
“In both you still have two high quality international goalkeepers,” he added.
“I’ll tell you what gets interesting is who plays when they’re both fit. What happens when Kepa comes back?
“He only came in because Mendy got injured. So is it a chance now for Mendy to keep the gloves, or will he get Kepa back?’
Chelsea are already 10 points behind Mikel Arteta’s side in the Sunday afternoon clash and must win to keep up with their London rivals.