Chelsea vs Arsenal: Enzo Fernandez Settles Penalty Dispute Between Sterling and Palmer

Chelsea vs Arsenal: Enzo Fernandez Settles Penalty Dispute Between Sterling and Palmer

Elijah Odetokun
updated at October 22, 2023 at 8:28 AM
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  • Chelsea have taken an early lead against Arsenal from a penalty at Stamford Bridge
  • Cole Palmer and Raheem Sterling argued over who to take the penalty after William Saliba's handball
  • Enzo Fernandez settled the dispute and gave it to Palmer, who sent David Raya the wrong way

Chelsea drew the first blood against their rivals Arsenal in the London derby through a penalty after William Saliba handled the ball from Mykhailo Mudryk's header.

The Blues came into the game as underdogs against superior London rivals but were in control for most of the game and would feel hard done for not winning.

Cole Palmer's penalty gave the home side the lead in the first half before Mudryk scored a beautiful goal from an impossible angle to make it 2-0 early in the second half.

Cole Palmer, Raheem Sterling, Enzo Fernandez, Chelsea.
Enzo Fernandez speaking to Raheem Sterling and Cole Palmer during their argument over who takes the penalty against Arsenal. Photo by Michael Regan.
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Mauricio Pochettino's men threw away their lead in seven second-half minutes after goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, per Daily Star, gifted Declan Rice a goal. Leandro Trossard added another one minutes later.

Sterling and Palmer disagree over penalty

Mudryk headed Sterling's cross into the arm of French defender Saliba, and after a VAR review, the official awarded a spot kick. The resulting penalty caused a dispute between former Manchester City stars Cole Palmer and Raheem Sterling over who should take the kick.

As spotted by ESPN, Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez stepped in and handed the ball over to Palmer, who calmly dispatched it, sending David Raya the wrong way.

Fernandez missed Chelsea's first penalty of the season, while the 21-year-old scored his first Premier League goal through a penalty in the 4-1 win over Burnley.

Such a display of leadership was why some fans tipped the 2022 World Cup winner for captaincy, but his inability to speak English ruled him out. Captain Reece James returned to action today after weeks out injured.

Terry disagrees with Chelsea's penalty

Sports Brief reported that club legend John Terry disagreed with Chelsea's penalty, which saw his former club take the lead at Stamford Bridge against their fierce rivals.

Terry, who made a career as one of the greatest defenders of his generation, felt the decision was harsh on Saliba, and he would have been fuming if such was awarded against him back in the day.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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