It is fair to say former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was not impressed with Chelsea after he labelled Takumi Minamino’s goal for for Southampton as an example of the “art of bad defending” by the Blues.
The Japan international opened the scoring at St Mary’s as he superbly finished past Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, having been played through by Nathan Redmond just after the half hour mark.
It was Minamino’s second goal in three games for Southampton since joining on loan from Liverpool, although it was not enough to win the game as Mason Mount scored a second half penalty to earn Chelsea a point.
But Minamino’s goal against the Blues had Wenger in two minds, with the former Arsenal boss praising the forward, while also criticising Chelsea when speaking as a pundit on beINSports.
“I liked it very much, because [Nathan] Redmond gave a great ball to [Takumi] Minamino, but what is very interesting for the strikers to watch is the number of times Minamino lifted his head to see where the keeper is,” he said.
“I think you see twice clearly that he lifts his head and after – the composure in the situation – he is composed despite being under real pressure.
“This guy is an artist, but I would say as well it is an art of bad defending from Chelsea.
“[Kurt] Zouma is turned completely and the space between him and [Cesar] Azpilicueta, look where Reece James is. He should be in there and Azpilicueta much more in.
“There is no communication, but what the striker does is exceptional.”