“We definitely are putting the effort in” – Gallagher responds to accusations players aren’t fighting for the badge

Conor Gallagher has responded to the young Chelsea fan at the Emirates who held up a sign asking the players to fight for the badge.

The Blues were embarrassed 5-0 in north London as the Gunners ran riot, with Kai Havertz scoring twice against his former club.

As the scoreline got worse and worse the tv cameras picked out a young fan holding a sign which read “I don’t want your shirt, I want to you want to fight for yours.”

Chelsea captain Gallagher was asked to respond after the game, and insisted the him and his team-mates are putting the effort in.

“We definitely are putting the effort in, I know how much it means to all the boys”, the 24-year-old told TNT Sports.

“It’s a very young squad with not much experience as a team in the Premier League. As you’ve seen this season, we’ve had a lot of ups and a lot of downs.

“We’re still improving and working together as a team to get to that next level.

“Today is one of those days when we were nowhere near it. We need to dust ourselves off, look at the performance and where we need to improve, and all the mistakes we made where we can put it right.”

Chelsea continued their habit of starting games slowly and were 1-0 down inside the first five minutes, before conceding twice in the first 15 minutes of the second, a common theme throughout another disastrous campagign.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were nowhere near it from the first minute to the last, with sloppy passes being played, huge gaps between defence and midfield, and wide players not tracking back.

In a damning indictment of what’s gone wrong for the Blues, Arsenal are everything Chelsea aren’t right now, and the road back to being competitive looks very long for everyone associated with the club.

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