Azpilicueta’s angry outburst at Arsenal players overheard at the Emirates
Cesar Azpilicueta certainly made his frustrations known as Chelsea went down at Arsenal.
The Spanish defender was left on the bench for the London derby which the Blues lost 3-1.
Their performance was well below par and means they slipped to a third defeat in four Premier League games.
Arsenal were good value for their win but the visitors did briefly threaten a late rally when Tammy Abraham scored with five minutes left.
Chelsea needed to up the ante but the Gunners pulled out all the stops to slow the game down.
Pablo Mari went down to receive treatment which was all too much for Azpilicueta.
“Another one on the floor,” the Spaniard was heard shouting from the stands.
Chelsea did win a late penalty when Mason Mount was scythed down but Jorginho had his effort saved by Bernd Leno.
The damage had already been done however by a rampant Arsenal who went in 2-0 up at half-time.
Alexandre Lacazette scored from the spot before Granit Xhaka smashed home a free-kick.
Bukayo Saka hammered home their advantage with a third shortly after the restart and Frank Lampard felt his side gave themselves a mountain to climb.
“It wasn’t good enough,” said the Blues boss.
“We fought in the second half but in the first half we gave ourselves too much to do. The players who came on added speed energy and intensity.
“I’ll take responsibility on the outside but the players also have to take responsibility. The message was clear – Arsenal are a dangerous team.
“When you go out and play 60 or 70 per cent then you’re not going to win any games
“I am angry because I want us to win games. It was an opportunity to go second. You get what you deserve.”