‘Are you bothered?’ Romelu Lukaku accused of ‘giving up’ at Chelsea as teammates Andreas Christensen and Malang Sarr are also criticized after defeat to Arsenal

Chelsea came under fire after a disastrous performance at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, with Romelu Lukaku’s work rate particularly coming in for criticism.

The Blues were beaten 4-2 by London rivals Arsenal as the Gunners’ young attack inflicted misery on Thomas Tuchel’s men.

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Chelsea were poor in defense as they lost 4-2 to London rivals Arsenal

While Lukaku cut an anonymous figure in the match

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While Lukaku cut an anonymous figure in the match

Eddie Nketiah netted twice while Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka were also on the scoresheet.

Thomas Tuchel’s side matched a number of unwanted achievements in losing the Premier League clash.

They lost their third straight home game in a row for the first time since 1993, while also conceded four goals in consecutive games for the first time since 1989.

Chelsea’s defensive issues were on full display with Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger’s absences felt, although the Brazilian was introduced at the break in place of Andreas Christensen.

Club legend Cesar Azpilicueta was then seen confronting several Blues fans after the final whistle.

Romelu Lukaku was named in the starting XI, but underwhelmed and was booed off when he was substituted with 30 minutes to go.


Chelsea's defending was a comedy of errors at times

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Chelsea’s defending was a comedy of errors at times

And talkSPORT host Dean Saunders, the former Wales striker, was scathing in his criticism of a number of the Blues players, including Luakaku.

“I’m going to be harsh but [Malang] Sarr was a shambles, ”Saunders said on The Sports Bar. “Not good enough. For Sarr to come into the team when he’s not playing every week, he’s made so many mistakes.

“Christensen… not good enough.

“I’ve got two thoughts about Lukaku because I was a striker and I do know how it feels when you aren’t scoring.

“On the other hand, I’m looking at him and thinking are you working your socks off to try and stay in the team? Are you bothered? Do you realize the manager doesn’t like you so you packed in and give up? Do you realize the fans don’t like you for what your said?

“I think he’s just given up. He’s not making any runs and because he doesn’t make any runs he is keeping the opposition center-backs together in the middle of the pitch.

Lukaku was booed off by the home supporters

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Lukaku was booed off by the home supporters

“They are never getting pulled out of the middle or pulled apart.

“Havertz plays up there and pulls people out wide and makes runs and comes short.

“I’m watching Lukaku tonight and he’s walking, the ball gets switched across the pitch and he’s still walking.

“When you get bought for £ 100million and get paid a ridiculous amount of wages, that is the price on the ticket. If you don’t produce all the goods then you will get criticism.

“You’re the top player, the top paid player, and he’s got to take it on the chin and try and come through it.”

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