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Chelsea told to replace Kepa as Ben Foster reveals Everton mistake

Ben Foster says Chelsea need to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga and claims the goalkeeper should have saved Everton’s late equaliser at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea looked on course to get their fourth consecutive win on Saturday after Kai Havertz restored the club’s lead with a 76th-minute penalty.

But Everton’s Ellis Simms scored his first goal for the club late on to earn Sean Dyche’s team a key point and frustrate the home supporters.

Simms took on Koulibaly before beating Arrizabalaga from a tight angle, his strike squirming underneath the Chelsea keeper.

Arrizabalaga has endured a tough spell at Stamford Bridge after his record-breaking £72m move from Athletic Bilbao in 2018 and Foster still doubts he has the pedigree to be Chelsea’s No. 1.

Arrizabalaga lost his place in the Chelsea team to Edouard Mendy last campaign but the Frenchman’s injury issues have allowed the Spaniard to earn a recall.

‘Let’s talk about Everton’s equaliser because I think Kepa should save it,’ the former Premier League goalkeeper said on his YouTube channel. ‘A top goalkeeper saves that.

‘This is a big moment, we’re in injury-time so if he saves that, it’s 2-1, three points, boom, everyone is happy. These are the fine margins but I think a top goalie has to save that.

‘It’s a slightly awkward one so I’ve got a bit of sympathy but you need to make those big saves. He fell a little bit short.

‘I don’t think Kepa is the right guy for it, full stop. I don’t think he’s the long-term solution.

‘I think at the end of the season either Mendy will get fit and get back in the team or they will need to go into the market and sign somebody.

‘They spent £70m on Kepa by the way and £25m on Mendy, that’s almost £100m on goalkeepers.’

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