Gabriel Magalhaes out of Brighton and Brom tie after Chelsea absence

Monday, 28 Dec, 2020

Frank Lampard admitted Timo Werner was just not delivering the goods for Chelsea as the striker's goal drought reached 10 games in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal.

The north London side bounced back from their miserable run of form in the Premier League as they secured their fifth top-flight win of the season to ease some of the pressure on Mikel Arteta.

They just didn't do their jobs against a slumping foe and he's very angry with them.

According to the Telegraph, those calls aren't just from fans and the media, with "a group of senior players" said to be keen on seeing him reintroduced to the fold, the former Germany worldwide having "impressed team-mates in training recently".

The Germany worldwide is primarily an attacking midfielder but can also play on the left-hand side.

Arteta has bemoaned Arsenal's wasteful finishing in recent weeks, saying the attackers had lost the clinical edge that was so crucial to the team's success in the early part of his reign.

Chelsea, looking to stay hot on the heels of the chasing pack, were caught out again after 56 minutes when Bukayo Saka clipped home a third. That's a unsafe combination.

"You either make it or more hard for them or you give them an opportunity and we did that 45 minutes. You get what you deserve".

"Didn't do enough first half, better second half but we had too much to do at that point", he told reporters.

"It is not tactics or systems, it is do you want to run, back your team-mate out and sprint?"

He then turned his head and appears to say: "You didn't mean it, shut up man". Following a VAR review, the decision stood, and Lacazette sent Edouard the wrong way with a cool penalty.

Reece James gave away the penalty to Kieran Tierney. And the Gunners did it with a combination of senior players and youth, who showed verve and creativity going forward.

N'Golo Kante fouled Saka and Xhaka did his bit to get back in favour when he whipped a brilliant 20-yard free-kick over the Chelsea wall and into the top corner. The way their opponents look, the Blues could be well off the top four pace if they mimic Saturday's efforts.