Chelsea wonderkid Omeruo impressive in shutting out key Arsenal star despite defeat

Chelsea's Kenneth Omeruo impressed for Nigeria again, with opponent Olivier Giroud failing to shine.

For a player who was on loan in the Championship last season, Kenneth Omeruo is making a convincing case to step up to Premier League level.

The Chelsea owned defender has enjoyed a strong World Cup, which came to an end with a 2-0 loss to France yesterday.

Omeruo has been impressive through the tournament, stacking up well against Lionel Messi when Nigeria took on Argentina.

It meant he held no fears going into the France game, where he helped keep Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud off the scoresheet.

  TeamPosBall RecoveriesAerial WonWon TacklesInterceptions WonEffective ClearancesMins
Kenneth Omeruo Nigeria DF 5 5 0 4 7 90

Giroud is a player Omeruo will hope to come up against next year in the Premier League, and the Arsenal striker will not have fond memories of his encounter with Nigeria.

He was substituted midway through the second half and only when he was withdrawn did France liven up. Individually he was poor in attack.

  TeamOntarget Scoring AttShot Off TargetAerial WonKey PassesMins
Olivier Giroud France 0 2 0 0 62

Unusually for him, Giroud failed to win a single header over the course of the game, did not land a single shot on target, or create any goalscoring opportunities.

It was a display which underlined why Arsenal need a top striker for when he has his off days, but the defending of Omeruo and co should not be overlooked.

His World Cup participation now over, it will not be long until he finds out if manager Jose Mourinho was impressed enough to hand him a first team role next season.

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