Ian Wright claims this Chelsea star has come back to life after being finished by Van Dijk

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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is a man in top form, and Arsenal legend Ian Wright had revealed his surprise at the form of the Spaniard.

Kepa had lost his place in the starting team for Chelsea, and had not been called up to the Spain national team for over two years now.

The 28-year-old has now taken advantage of Edouard Mendy’s poor form and injury to get back into the team.

Ian Wright looked back to the League Cup final against Liverpool, when Van Dijk placed his penalty past Kepa who was rooted to the same position.

Speaking on the Wrighty’s House podcast, Ian Wright said: “Can I say something about Kepa? What happened with him at that Wembley final with Van Dijk is the ultimate… it could have finished him.

“That finishes people. It probably finishes you as a goalkeeper. He fell so low that people had actually forgot about him. Mendy got injured and has lost form, Kepa’s come in and everyone has remembered him again.

“When you watched him the other week against Aston Villa, he made some great saves. You then realise the man’s changed. He’s gone from a caterpillar to a butterfly with the saves he’s making.

“The amount of s*** he’s taken, he’s taken it every single day. Every day he’s had to think about it. A lot of people won’t have come back from that.

“I’ve seen players in bad form who are nowhere near the team and you think there’s no way back for them, especially when the payer in front of you is winning awards [Mendy].

“What he’s gone through to now get back into the team is nothing short of miraculous in terms of his mental strength. It’s magnificent.

“Even if Mendy was back in form, Graham Potter wouldn’t drop Kepa right now. He’s been making great saves.

“We all saw what happened with [former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris] Karius in the Champions League final. I’m not saying Kepa fell to those depths but you’re still in a place where you can’t see the light.

“I’ve seen players down and not come back. I think that journey is underestimated. What he’s done is fantastic.”