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Cole Palmer explains why he had to apologize to Mauricio Pochettino after Arsenal’s draw

Cole Palmer explains why he had to apologize to Mauricio Pochettino after Arsenal's draw

Cole Palmer has admitted he had to apologize to manager Mauricio Pochettino after hitting the Chelsea boss with a water bottle during his side’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.

Palmer has won over Pochettino and the Chelsea supporters since his £45million move from Manchester City in the summer and scored his second goal for the Blues against Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The game ended in frustration for Chelsea as they conceded two late goals, one of which led to an embarrassing incident for Palmer.

He explained to the club’s media: “When they scored their second goal I was having a drink. I went to throw the bottle, as you do, but didn’t look. I just saw her go slowly and hit the fork. I said sorry to him and apologized properly after the game.. Hopefully he won’t let me go for that!

“We get along well. I try to show him every day in training what I can do. Work hard and just try to repay him because he has a lot of faith in us.”

Palmer has impressed Pochettino/Michael Regan/GettyImages

Reflecting on the game, Palmer added: “We were at home in front of our own supporters, so we weren’t going to show them too much respect. We know they’re good but we’re good too. We played well. There’s still a lot of room which we can improve on, but we are moving in the right direction. It is starting to click as you can see from the results of the last four games, but there is a lot more to come and we have to keep going.

“Of course we are very disappointed not to get the three points but they are a very good team, one of the best teams in the league, and we went toe to toe with them. I thought we played very well but we could have got so much more. not three points after being 2-0 up.

“We started really well, so it hurts to concede two goals late on. We conceded two goals that we could have avoided. There’s a lot to improve on, but there’s also a positive. So we just need to build on them, try to push forward and go and kick on for the next game.”

Overall, Palmer admitted he has been happy with his first few months at Chelsea.

“I love it here at Chelsea,” said the 21-year-old. “Every day is good, even off the field with the boys. There is a good vibe here and everything is good, so I love it.

“I came to Chelsea to try to make an impact. I’m glad I did it right away. Credit to the boys, the boys are all good, helped me settle in and stuff, but I just have to try to improve every day and give more and more.”