Chelsea’s world record shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga may have had his abilities questioned after his arrival at Stamford Bridge due to his price tag. However, the Spaniard has continued to improve as he’s grasping the Premier League game.
Kepa Arrizabalaga is one ball playing goalkeeping whose abilities on the ball suits Maurizio Sarri’s system. His passing range as Chelsea play out from the back has been phenomenal thus far.
Chelsea may not have beaten Everton in their last Premier League game on Sunday before the international break, but the former Athletic Bilbao man was in his elements
He was rarely tested by the Toffees but came up with the goods to make a key save when called on to play his role.
He also played a key role as a sweeper to ensure that Everton had no opportunity to convert any half chances as he rushed out to thwart such possibilities in the course of the game.
Kepa Arrizabalaga recorded a 100% accuracy in all his passes against Everton, as all 27 attempts on the day found their intended target.
These were mostly short passes though, as he kept it simple. Regardless, the one long pass he made in the game also found its target.
The goalkeeper has displayed calmness in his passes regardless of whether the opposition is pressing high up the park or not.
He settles for the short accurate passes to spreads play, and this helps the Blues to build from the back instead of booting it out of play or hoofing long balls, and this has been key to Sarri’s system.
Kepa Arrizabalaga is already looking a perfect signing for the Blues and the way he’s eased into Sarri’s style of play which insists on building from the back even when under pressure is excellent.