Chelsea news: Conor Gallagher responds to young fan’s damning banner after Arsenal defeat | Football | Sport

Conor Gallagher insists that Chelsea players ‘are putting the effort in’ after a young fan’s banner called for the Blues to start ‘fighting for the shirt’. Mauricio Pochettino‘s side were humbled against Premier League title chasers Arsenal on Tuesday night, leading to fresh criticism as they come to an end of a turbulent season.

Chelsea were looking to bounce back in north London after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester City on Saturday. But they were immediately put on the backfoot when Leandro Trossard scored inside four minutes.

Things wind from bad, to worse, to catastrophic in an 18-minute second-half spell which saw Ben White and Kai Havertz each find the net twice. Mercifully, the Gunners then eased up as Chelsea finished the night 5-0 down, and with only one shot on target.

The Blues’ performances have been wildly inconsistent for the past two seasons, with fans’ patience being pushed to its limits. One young supporters was snapped holding aloft a banner which read: “I don’t want your shirt!! I want you to want to fight for ours.”

A distraight Gallagher was asked after the final whistle what he made of fans feeling that he and his team-mates are not giving it their all. “We definitely are putting the effort in,” he told TNT Sports.

“I know how much it means to all the boys. It’s been said many times, but we’re a very young squad without much experience as a team in the Premier League. As you’ve seen this season we’ve had a lot of ups and downs.

“We’re still improving and working together as a team to get to that next level. Today was one of those days where we were just nowhere near it and we need to dust ourselves off, but also look at the performance, where we can improve and all the mistakes we made to found out how we can put it right and get ready for the next one.”


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