Chelsea squad ‘let themselves down’ in Arsenal defeat, says Callum Hudson-Odoi

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Callum Hudson-Odoi was critical of his team-mates (Photo by Chelsea/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi believes the team ‘let themselves down’ with a poor display in a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Boxing Day.

The Gunners hadn’t won in the Premier League since a 1-0 win against Manchester United in November but Mikel Arteta’s side started on the front foot against a flat Chelsea side.

Frank Lampard’s side were behind when Alexandre Lacazette converted from the penalty spot and Granit Xhaka’s free-kick doubled the home side’s advantage.

Hudson-Odoi and Jorginho were introduced at half-time and the England winger added some much needed dynamism the front but Arsenal found a third through Bukayo Saka.

Lampard praised Hudson-Odoi for his impact after the game but the winger says the team let supporters down by starting in such a flat manner.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea battles for possession with Joe Willock of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2020 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Hudson-Odoi was Chelsea’s most impressive player (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) Photographer: Julian Finney Provider: Getty Images Source: Getty Images Europe Copyright: Getty Images

‘At 2-0 down you come into the game and you’re thinking how you can impact the game and how you can try to change the scoreline around,’ said Hudson-Odoi.

‘So in my head I just wanted to give the best I could and try to change the game around.

‘It was unfortunate that they got another goal, but at 3-0 we still looked confident to push to try to get at least a draw back. We kept pushing until the end but unfortunately we could not get the result

‘It feels like we let ourselves down. We know that we can do much better than we did. We should have put the same energy we had in the second half into the first half as well. We should have had the same attitude from the get-go and pushed all the way through the 90 minutes. So we’re really disappointed in ourselves.

‘We started too slow, we all know that. We knew from the start it was going to be a difficult game no matter what. They’re Arsenal, they’re a good team. We wanted to come out here and try and get the three points but unfortunately we didn’t.

‘We know that we started slow. In the second half we tried better to come out faster. We were unfortunate to concede another goal, because we got ourselves kind of back in it, but we need to push harder and keep working harder to get the three points.’

Lampard tore into his squad after the defeat, accusing them of being ‘lazy’ and urging players to take more responsibility for their performance.

The Chelsea coach admitted he will make changes for their next game as Aston Villa travel to Stamford Bridge before the New Year.

Following Hudson-Odoi’s fine performance, the winger can expect to start as the likes of Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham make way.

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