Pundit Pat Nevin has admitted that Oleksandr Zinchenko’s performance against Chelsea might have given Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta some difficult decisions to make.

Nevin was commentating on the match for BBC 5 Live as Arsenal fought back to earn an important 2-2 draw.

The Gunners were outplayed in the first half at Stamford Bridge, struggling to break down Chelsea’s stubborn defence and being hit on the counterattack time and again.

One player who really struggled was Oleksandr Zinchenko, who ended up being substituted at half-time.

The £32m Ukrainian international was asked to play to invert into midfield as he typically does, but it left him out of position when Chelsea attacked.

Raheem Sterling had a field day last night and it was a cross from his flank that was headed onto William Saliba’s arm that gifted Chelsea their penalty.

Zinchenko was then booked for a foul on fellow countryman Mykhaylo Mudryk for breaking up an attack while on the right-hand side of midfield.

His positioning was a real problem and it was no surprise to see the more defensively sturdy Takehiro Tomiyasu brought on for the second half.

Zinchenko will want to move on from his performance against Chelsea quickly and hope he can keep his place in the Arsenal side going into their Champions League clash on Tuesday.

Paul Merson predicted he might struggle last night and that quickly came true.

After picking up a booking before half-time, Nevin said: “Do you know what? That’s a real problem for [Oleksandr] Zinchenko.

“I was mentioning before that if he comes infield too often, he’s leaving [Raheem] Sterling who is just flying down that wing.

“He’s got him for pace already, you stick a yellow card on top of that and through the rain over there I think Raheem Sterling is smiling and thinking, ‘Give me the ball’.

“A nominal left back that we know likes to step up into midfield, but every time he does Sterling has him in behind.

“Add a yellow card onto that now and it’s going to be tricky for him today in this rain.”