Lampard blames Emerson for Arsenal equaliser and slams his defence


Frank Lampard blamed Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri for allowing Gabriel Martinelli the chance to equalise for Arsenal in the London derby at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues appeared in total control of Tuesday’s game when Jorginho scored from the penalty spot after David Luiz was sent off for a foul on Tammy Abraham.

But the gunners counter-attacked from a Chelsea corner after half-time and Martinelli took advantage of Kante’s slip to race through on goal and equalise for Arsenal.

Rather than blame Kante, however, Lampard said the issue arose at the edge of Arsenal’s box, where Emerson lost the Arsenal goalscorer and the blues never recovered.

‘It was on the edge of the box that was the problem,’ the Blues manager said.

‘People have got to do their jobs. ‘We have people on the edge of the box that ran forward when they should have run backwards. It left N’Golo, it went to N’Golo and he slips.

‘That wasn’t the error. That’s something that can happen. The edge of the box was the error, as I say, a job that should have been done but not done.’

Frank Lampard was critical of his team after the draw and said the defence ‘gifted’ Arsenal two goals.

‘Frustrated because you want to win,’ he added. ‘We got a goal, they went down to 10 men and we have to do better to score another goal.

‘Then we didn’t defend and gifted them two goals. That’s people not doing their jobs which they should know. Moments like that lose you points at this level.

‘We could have had three or four goals today. Having shots, crosses and lots of ‘ooh’ moments. We have to be clinical.

‘When gameday comes you have to have the killer instinct. We’ve not got that at the moment.

‘We might be a bit young and a bit of transition about us but we have to have that quality. It’s nothing on the crowd, that’s about us.’


2 thoughts on “Lampard blames Emerson for Arsenal equaliser and slams his defence

  1. We can’t blame emmerson noooooool I Blane Frank lampard for not starting Marcos Alonso why living Alonso on the bench each and every game whilst is strongly fit

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