Kepa Arrizabalaga was seen talking to Kai Havertz before the German star was introduced in the Chelsea game against West Ham which took place on September 3, 2022. The gesture which seems to yield a positive result attracted the attention of the fans.
Kepa giving instructions to Kai before he came on. My f**king manager— 🌊 (@Vintage_Cfc) September 3, 2022
Havertz ended up scoring the winning goal for Chelsea in a game full of controversies and VAR inconsistencies. It was Havertz’s first goal of the season as he has struggled in previous matches.
Thomas Tuchel’s tactical substitution helped Chelsea win the match, with Chilwell, a second-half substitute, scoring a goal and providing an assist.
Who is Kepa Arrizabalaga?
Kepa Arrizabalaga is a Spanish professional goalkeeper for Premier League club Chelsea and the Spanish national team. He was born on October 3, 1994 in Ondarroa, Spain, and he is currently 24 years old.
Kepa is 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in). The goalkeeper has made 288 appearances. He made 39 appearances for his national team. Kepa began his senior career with Athletic Bilbao.
He joined Chelsea for a goalkeeper’s world record fee of 80 million pounds under Maurizio Sarri. Kepa was tipped to replace Thibaut Courtois but he failed to live up to expectations.
At Chelsea, the goalkeeper won the UEFA Europa League, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup. He made his senior debut for Spain in 2017, and was selected for the 2018 World Cup.
Kepa Arrizabalaga Wife
The Chelsea goalkeeper announced on social media that he is now married to Miss Universe Spain winner Andrea Martinez.
She was born on June 23, 1993, and her age is 29 with a height of 1.80m. Andrea was born in Leon, Spain. She has only one sibling, and his name is Alex Martinez.
She studied Business Communication and has a Bachelor’s degree. The beautiful lady is also a certified pathologist.
Andrea is a former basketball player and she participated in three championships with Spain. Kepa’s wife is very popular on social media with 58.4k followers on Instagram.
Kepa Arrizabalaga Salary
Kepa signed a 7-year deal worth 54.6 million pounds, including an annual average salary of 7.8 million pounds. The goalkeeper earns a weekly salary of 150,000 pounds. He has a net worth of $28 million.
What Happened To Kepa Arrizabalaga?
Kepa defied Sarri’s order at the end of the extra time against Manchester City, ensuring a shootout, which earned him a fine and was dropped by the manager.
After he broke up with his then-girlfriend in 2020, his form went down and he became a goalkeeper who consistently made errors. Chelsea quickly went into the transfer market to get Eduardo Mendy. Kepa now looks happy with his newly wed wife Andrea.
Edouard Mendy Happy for Chelsea And Kepa Arrizabalaga
Mendy was happy for Kepa after he helped Chelsea win the Super Cup on penalties. Mendy started the match and made countless saves, but the manager, Thomas Tuchel, was not ready to trust him on penalties.
He was substituted for Kepa in extra time, who saves two penalties. Mendy just wants to win trophies and does not want to be in heavy competition with the Spanish.
Why Kepa Should Start Ahead Of Mendy
Mendy has conceded eight goals this season and has committed two errors leading to goals. It seems that the Senegal goalkeeper has lost his goalkeeper intellect; even fans are demanding he be benched.
Kepa hasn’t been tested this season and he deserves to return to the starting 11. Although he is an error-prone goalkeeper, he can coordinate the defense better than Mendy.
Chelsea manager Tuchel stated in the post-match press conference that he was unsure whether Mendy would be available against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. It is time for Kepa to regain his former position with excellent saves.