Chelsea defender spotted ‘hugging Arsenal player’ instead of defending for goal

Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella has come under criticism for appearing to hug a Chelsea player instead of defending a corner which ultimately led to a goal.

The wing-back was not on hand to help his side after Bukayo Saka’s poor corner kick somehow found its way through and was prodded in by Gabriel, whose goal was the difference as the Gunners ran out 1-0 winners at Stamford Bridge.

Instead of attacking the ball, the Spaniard watched idly by, hugging Granit Xhaka. Online, some Blues fans let the player know their thoughts. One wrote: “Legend has it that they going to this year Ball together…. Man did man marking till the end.”

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Another said: “I saw it in the replay, I bet Xhaka would've fallen or gone crazy mad if the goal didn't happen.” Someone commented: “Someone make the vid black and white with sad music in the background.”

Cucurella signed for Premier League club Chelsea on a six-year contract over the summer for a reported £55million. The defender has struggled to find form under Graham Potter, though – despite playing under him at Brighton.

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Indeed, Chelsea, who have lost back-to-back Premier League games for the first time in two years, slumped to a 1-0 loss to Arsenal, who have found themselves back at the top of the Premier League table.

Lots of fingers have been directed the way of ex-Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang too – with the striker failing to make an impact against his former side, only having four touches in the first-half.

The Gunners’ win in west London takes them two points clear of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side after 13 matches.

Despite the loss, Potter was complimentary about his side after the match, saying that they gave everything.

He said: “We played against a team in a really good moment, a confident team and you can see the points they have so credit to them. The boys gave everything, it was huffing and puffing but missed that last bit. The goal was disappointing, but overall they deserved it. Arsenal are in a good moment and have been working together for a long time with a good understanding of what they want to do.

"We lacked a bit of quality. The effort was there, we were just beaten by the better team. It was not a great goal from our perspective."


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