However, Chelsea fans were also left unimpressed by former Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. The French international played the entire of the 90 minutes at the Emirates, but could not make a significant impact in the centre of the park.
Bakayoko was extremely influential in Monaco’s campaign last season, which saw the club become champions of France. This prompted Blues boss Antonio Conte to sign the 23-year-old for £39.7m, as a possible replacement for Nemanja Matic.
Having signed the player, Conte had claimed: “Bakayoko is a good signing for us. My idea was to give Bakayoko the right time to adapt in this league behind Matic. But now after the sale of Matic, we need to try to accelerate this process for Bakayoko after his injury.”
Against Arsenal, however, the youngster failed to impress, but he wasn’t substituted by Conte despite his sorry performance, and that decision did not go down well with Chelsea fans.
RT if you are a better footballer than Bakayoko
— MrBlueGuy (@ItsMrBlueGuy) January 3, 2018
Imagine being Drinkwater, finally fit, played great & scored a fantastic goal but now has to watch Bakayoko run around like a headless chicken
— SWH (@MadMontana) January 3, 2018
Every time I have watched Bakayoko this season he's been, er…not good is probably the nicest thing I can think of.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) January 3, 2018
I don’t understand Conte. You take your two potent players Hazard and Fabregas off and leave Bakayoko who can’t find his bearings on the pitch. Meanwhile, your striker is Celine Dion. Dancing ballet in front of Cech. How do we compete for the title? #cfc #ARSCHE
— Lexis Bill (@lexisbill) January 3, 2018
Bakayoko can't pass , can't tackle, can't score just roaming around aimlessly like a missing child
— Ali (@FutbolBallack) January 3, 2018
By the look of things, the Blues’ supporters would much rather prefer to try Englishman Danny Drinkwater in midfield due to the Frenchman’s underwhelming performances.
The former Leicester City man may finally get his chance at the expense of Bakayoko on Saturday, when Chelsea take on Norwich City in the FA Cup.
Meanwhile, Bakayoko will surely have to step-up his performances, because if his current form were to continue, he could genuinely fall out of favour with the Stamford Bridge faithful.
Written by Sourish Saha
Law graduate by degree, pursued football business masters from Brussels, Belgium. Sports enthusiast. Love reading articles to do with politics and sports. In my free time, I like to cook some times, or watch travel shows on television. Opinionated about football but flexible and open to constructive criticism.