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‘Saliba Situation Is Bizarre & Loan Talk A Mystery’ – Keown
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‘Saliba Situation Is Bizarre & Loan Talk A Mystery’ – Keown

The Gunners are open to the idea of letting the French centre-half spend the 2020-21 campaign in the Championship, despite giving him no minutes Arsenal’s willingness to let William Saliba leave on loan is “bizarre”, says Martin Keown, with it “a real mystery” why a defender held in such high regard has not been given a chance in 2020-21. The Gunners finally welcomed a promising centre-half onto their books over the summer. Having wrapped a deal with Saint-Etienne some 12 months earlier, those at Emirates Stadium were excited to get Saliba settled into new surroundings. He arrived with a blossoming reputation, along with a £27 million ($35m) price tag, and was expected to be an answer to Arsenal’s issues at the back. The 19-year-old is, however, yet to see a minute...
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Boost for Arsenal as David Luiz back ahead of schedule

The Brazilian defender had looked to be set for a spell on the sidelines, however he has recovered quickly and could return to the pitch soon David Luiz has returned to full training following a neck injury ahead of schedule, in a boost for Arsenal and manager Mikel Arteta. The Brazilian defender signed a contract extension last season and remains a key first-team player for Arteta's FA Cup holders, despite making a number of high-profile errors that have led to fierce criticism from fans and pundits. Luiz however is a popular and respected member of the first team at Arsenal, which meant his recent suffering of a neck problem, which threatened to keep him out for a period of matches, was a real blow for the Gunners.
Arsenal Emerge Favourite to Sign Barcelona midfielder, Philippe Coutinho
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Arsenal Emerge Favourite to Sign Barcelona midfielder, Philippe Coutinho

Arsenal have emerged favourite to sign Barcelona midfielder, Philippe Coutinho. According to Mundo Deportivo, the Gunners are now in pole position to sign Coutinho ahead of Tottenham, Leicester City and Newcastle United. Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, has been working on securing a move to England for his client. Joorabchian has close ties with members of the Arsenal chiefs including Raul Sanllehi, the head of football who is leading negotiations for a deal to sign Coutinho this summer. David Luiz and Cedric Soares, who are both clients of Joorabchian, recently signed new deals at Arsenal. Joorabchian’s relationship with the decision-makers at Arsenal could greatly influence Coutinho’s next move. This is coming after Coutinho had asked Arsenal for an extensi...
Saka, Pepe provide rare consolation on dark day for Arsenal
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Saka, Pepe provide rare consolation on dark day for Arsenal

The Gunners’ troubled week got even worse with a 2-1 defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe provided rare encouragement for Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta on a day when his Gunners side were defeated 2-1 by struggling Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League. It was already shaping up to be a difficult week for the Londoners following their midweek thumping by a rampant Manchester City side, a game which also saw injuries to Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari. That contest also included a miserable 41-minute cameo by David Luiz, who contributed an error leading to a goal and then brought down Riyad Mahrez in the box, giving away a penalty and seeing a red card.
Our Defeat To Man City Was My Fault – David Luiz
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Our Defeat To Man City Was My Fault – David Luiz

Arsenal defender David Luiz accepted responsibility for their 3-0 defeat at Manchester City, but said he still hopes to play for the club again. Luiz, who is out of contract at the end of the month, was sent off to cap an error-strewn return to action. "It's my fault," the 33-year-old said. "The team did well, especially with 10 men. The coach is amazing, all the players are amazing, it was my fault. "I want to be here. The coach knows. He wants me to stay." Luiz only joined Arsenal last summer - moving from Chelsea on deadline day for £8m - but he was left on the bench against City amid confusion surrounding his contract status. He came on in the 24th minute after Pablo Mari was injured, and was at fault for Raheem Sterling's opener. He then hauled down Riyad Mahrez ...
Luiz sent off for Arsenal after goal giveaway in one-man horror show at Man City
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Luiz sent off for Arsenal after goal giveaway in one-man horror show at Man City

The Brazilian defender's nightmare performance against the Premier League champions was compounded as he impeded Riyad Mahrez in the box Arsenal centre-back David Luiz was sent off in a one-man horror show at Manchester City after giving away the first goal of the game shortly after being introduced to the action as a substitute. Luiz replaced the injured Pablo Mari in the Gunners defence 24 minutes into the first half, and his error gifted City the lead just before the interval. Raheem Sterling got in behind the Brazilian after he made a hash of controlling a through ball, with the Manchester City star finishing expertly past Bernd Leno to fire the home side in front.
Manchester City 3-0 Arsenal: Sterling and De Bruyne benefit from David Luiz’s nightmare
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Manchester City 3-0 Arsenal: Sterling and De Bruyne benefit from David Luiz’s nightmare

It was a night to forget for David Luiz as Arsenal returned to Premier League with a limp 3-0 defeat at Manchester City. Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden were on target as Manchester City impressed on their Premier League restart with a convincing 3-0 win over 10-man Arsenal at a wet Etihad Stadium. It was an unhappy return for former City assistant and now Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, whose positive test for coronavirus led to the postponement of this fixture and decisively moved the Premier League towards suspension in March. Perhaps it was the three-month hiatus that accounted for David Luiz's forgettable evening, his woeful misjudgement allowing Sterling to score his first goal of 2020 just before the break.
Saka proving popular figure amongst Arsenal teammates
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Saka proving popular figure amongst Arsenal teammates

Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka is emerging as a popular man in the dressing room. The 18-year-old has burst onto the first team picture this season under Unai Emery and then Mikel Arteta. Not only has he impressed as a winger and temporary full back, but he is fun in the dressing room as well. Saka posted a clip of himself on social media, where he is goofing around during training. And many of his teammates responded with snarky comments, highlighting their affection for him. David Luiz wrote: "I love this boy" with a red heart emoji. Gabrielle Martinelli commented: "What a player" and added the heart emoji.
Arsenal boss Arteta to oversee a massive senior player sale
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Arsenal boss Arteta to oversee a massive senior player sale

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is set to oversee a massive senior player sale this summer. The Daily Express says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil are among the stars that have been tipped to leave. Arteta is also planning to offload four of his defenders to make room for new arrivals. It is understood that he is willing to cut ties with Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Rob Holding and Sead Kolasinac. Arteta is planning to keep hold of David Luiz - who is said to be close to signing a new deal with the Gunners. Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka have been also linked with a move away and the club seem prepared to lose Matteo Guendouzi
Arsenal Leading The Race To Sign Chelsea Winger Willian On A Free Transfer
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Arsenal Leading The Race To Sign Chelsea Winger Willian On A Free Transfer

Are are reportedly favorites to leading the race to sign Chelsea winger Willian on a free transfer with pal David Luiz working behind the scenes to help secure a transfer for his fellow Brazilian. The 31 year old is out of contract with the blues on June 30 and has been linked with a move away after talks to extend his contract broke down . According to ESPN’S Jorge Nicola , Willian representative believes Arsenal are the most viable option for the winger . He said : “ Arsenal are a little ahead today , but everything is still open . Especially because the pandemic affected the entire financial reality of football in the world .
Arsenal stars Pepe, Lacazette, Xhaka and Luiz warned over breaking lockdown rules
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Arsenal stars Pepe, Lacazette, Xhaka and Luiz warned over breaking lockdown rules

The quartet of players have been reminded of their responsibilities as people continue to flout the government-imposed rules during lockdown Four Arsenal stars have been spoken to by the club after photos emerged of the players flouting social distancing rules amid the countrywide lockdown, with the coronavirus pandemic still in full swing around the globe. Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette, David Luiz and Granit Xhaka were the players warned, with club-record signing Pepe having been filmed playing football with several friends in north London, while the Ivory Coast international shared footage of another game with friends on Instagram. Centre-back Luiz and midfielder Xhaka were seen together in Southgate, while Lacazette was caught on camera standing very close to a car valeter, w...
Arteta Told Nine Arsenal Players to Sell this Summer
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Arteta Told Nine Arsenal Players to Sell this Summer

Former Arsenal player, Perry Groves, has told Mikel Arteta to get rid of up to nine players this summer. This follows the Gunners’ shock lead from the Europa League in the round of 32. Arsenal won 1-0 at Olympiacos and were favourites to qualify, but lost 2-1 to the Greek side in the reverse fixture. Arteta is expected to make major changes to his squad ahead of his first full season in charge. Groves admits it won’t be easy to get rid of almost an entire lineup of players, but feels it would be the best decision. “He needs to get rid of players. I thought it would be five or six, but I think you’re looking up to about nine players. [But] It is going to be impossible to get rid of them all in one go. “This isn’t about talent, it’s not that they are not good players – ...
David Luiz Speaks on Arteta Giving his role to Pablo Mari
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David Luiz Speaks on Arteta Giving his role to Pablo Mari

Arsenal defender, David Luiz, has said he will have no issues giving up his preferred role in the back four, to new signing Pablo Mari. Luiz has been used as the left-sided centre-back under Unai Emery, Freddie Ljunberg and current coach Mikel Arteta. But that is the favoured position of Mari, who arrived on a six-month loan deal from Flamengo in January. Mari could be involved when Arsenal welcome Newcastle this Sunday and Luiz says there would be no problem switching to the right to accommodate his new team-mate. “I always want to play.I always play in the way the coach wants to play. “It doesn’t matter the side, it doesn’t matter which position. You guys know I played a lot of positions during my career. I’m always ready for that. “It’s good...
Arsenal And Manchester United Stars Train Together In Dubai
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Arsenal And Manchester United Stars Train Together In Dubai

Arsenal are using the Premier League winter break in order to put the players through their paces in a warm weather training camp in Dubai. The four-day camp is being used by Mikel Arteta to get the squad together and work ahead of the Premier League match against Newcastle United on Sunday 16th February. The camp will also give January signings Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares the chance to integrate in the team after they joined the club on loan deals towards to end of the month. While Mari may have the chance to make his debut against the Magpies, Cedric will still have to wait a few more weeks due to injury. But the two new signings weren't the only new faces during the opening days of the training camp. On a photo re-posted by Gunners' de...
Ex-Man City Defender ,Mari Arrives in London to Complete Arsenal Move
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Ex-Man City Defender ,Mari Arrives in London to Complete Arsenal Move

  Flamengo defender, Pablo Mari, has arrived at the Heathrow Airport in London, to seal a move to Arsenal, Goal reports. Mari was spotted with the Gunners’ Director of Football, Edu, walking through the airport with their bags. He is expected to undergo his medicals this weekend. The Spaniard has been with the Brazilian giants since July 2019 and won the domestic and Copa Libertadores crowns. He also featured for Flamengo in their run at the Club World Cup, where they lost to European champions Liverpool in added extra time. Mari, who was on Manchester City’s books from 2016-2019, was previously at Deportivo La Coruna before his stint in Brazil. He will compete for a spot in Arsenal’s backline with Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi and David ...
Arsenal Confirm Seven Players that will Miss Bournemouth Clash
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Arsenal Confirm Seven Players that will Miss Bournemouth Clash

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, might be without at least seven senior players when they play Bournemouth in the FA Cup fourth round fixture at Dean Court on Sunday. Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and defender, David Luiz are both suspended, after their red cards against Crystal Palace and Chelsea respectively. Sokratis remains a doubt with illness and missed the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United on Saturday. Sead Kolasinac and Reiss Nelson are expected to return after the winter break next month. Calum Chambers and Kieran Tierney remain long term absentees. A club statement on Friday read: “Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Suspended. Further to receiving a red card at Crystal Palace (a) on January 11, suspended for Monday’s game at Bournemouth. “Calum Chambers – Left...
Gunners Defence Slated After Luiz Red Card
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Gunners Defence Slated After Luiz Red Card

The two defenders combined on a disastrous sequence that saw the Brazilian sent off and Chelsea take the lead David Luiz's return to Stamford Bridge was not a happy one. The former Chelsea defender was back at his former home on Tuesday as his current side Arsenal took on the Blues in a Premier League clash. But the Brazilian's evening would only last 26 minutes as he was shown a red card after a calamitous passage of play from the Gunners backline. The red card wasn't all Luiz's fault, as the incident began with a disastrous attempt at a back pass by Shkodran Mustafi. Tammy Abraham intercepted the pass and rounded Bernd Leno in the Arsenal goal before Luiz took down the Chelsea striker in the box. Referee Stuart Attwell didn't hesitate to show the Brazilian a straight red card for ...
Ambition Made Me Leave Chelsea For Arsenal- David Luiz
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Ambition Made Me Leave Chelsea For Arsenal- David Luiz

David Luiz said he left Chelsea to join Arsenal because of his "ambition" and to experience a "new challenge". The 32-year-old centre-half made his Gunners debut in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League home win over Burnley after his move on transfer deadline day. Chelsea, who beat Arsenal in the Europa League final, came third in the league last season with Arsenal fifth. "I am a guy with ambition and that is why I moved. I like a new a challenge and new things in my life," said Luiz. "This is what gives me oxygen and gives me motivation and also to really enjoy this moment. "I could have chosen a comfortable zone and got money and be cool and that is it." New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard told Luiz he would not be a guaranteed regular starter in his team and then allowed ...
Arsenal team news, injury, possible lineup against Newcastle
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Arsenal team news, injury, possible lineup against Newcastle

Europa League finalists, Arsenal will face Newcastle in their opening game of the 2019/20 campaign on Sunday. The Gunners are expected to be without several top players for the game with some of them being ruled out by injury. Star midfielder, Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are not expected to play a part in the match because of “further security incidents”. Arsenal confirmed on their website that they are liaising with police and “providing the players and their families with ongoing support” Further, new signing Kieran Tierney is still recovering from a groin injury and is not expected back for another four to six weeks. However, David Luiz is expected to participate in full training and will be available for Sunday’s match while Nicolas Pepe is still in the process of regain...
Chelsea defender David Luiz goes on strike to force shock move to arch-rivals Arsenal
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Chelsea defender David Luiz goes on strike to force shock move to arch-rivals Arsenal

Chelsea defender, David Luiz, 32, has gone on strike in an attempt to force through a shock move to arch-rivals, Arsenal.   According to Mail Online, the Brazilian centre-half did not turn up for training on Wednesday, August 7, and is determined to force Chelsea into agreeing on a deal with Arsenal after the Gunners tabled an offer for his signature.   French publication L’Equipe reported that Arsenal are in advanced negotiations with David Luiz and the Brazilian international has made up his mind he wants to move to the Emirates.   L’Equipe says Chelsea are reluctant to sell the 32-year-old who still has two years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.
David Luiz challenges ‘amazing’ Chelsea youngsters to fight for starting spot
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David Luiz challenges ‘amazing’ Chelsea youngsters to fight for starting spot

The Blues are expected to rely heavily on their academy stars this season under Frank Lampard amid their ongoing transfer ban Chelsea defender David Luiz has urged the Blues' youngsters to earn their spot in the first-team this season. With the west London club in the middle of a summer transfer ban, new manager Frank Lampard is expected to give youth a chance, and Luiz has thrown down the gauntlet to Chelsea's young stars. Billy Gilmour and Mason Mount impressed in the 4-0 friendly victory over St Patrick's Athletic on Saturday, and are just two of the club's starlets who will be hoping for more opportunities in a bid to cement their place in the starting XI ahead of the Premier League opener against Manchester United on August 11.
David Luiz Names Only Player That’ll Replace Eden Hazard
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David Luiz Names Only Player That’ll Replace Eden Hazard

Chelsea defender, David Luiz, has identified forward, Callum Hudson-Odoi, as the player that can replace star player, Eden Hazard, at Stamford Bridge. Luiz stated this following Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Arsenal in the Europa League final on Wednesday night in Baku. Hazard, who inspired Maurizio Sarri’s side to defeat their London rivals in the Europa League final, is expected to join Real Madrid in June. But Luiz believes that Hudson-Odoi can fill the void Hazard’s departure could leave at the West London club. Asked by reporters who could replace Hazard at Chelsea, Luiz was quoted by NAN as saying. “I think if he goes I just wish him all the best. “He is a fantastic player, friend and guy. I’ve known him ever since he was here at so young. I am so happy for him because the ...
‘He’s been amazing’ – David Luiz backs Sarri to continue with Chelsea
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‘He’s been amazing’ – David Luiz backs Sarri to continue with Chelsea

The club boss is a "great guy" and is fully deserving of his Europa League success, according to the Chelsea defender David Luiz hailed Maurizio Sarri's "amazing" impact on Chelsea following the glittering 4-1 victory over Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku. Former Napoli boss Sarri lifted his first major trophy after Eden Hazard's double and one apiece from Olivier Giroud and Pedro torpedoed Arsenal's bid to squeeze into next season's Champions League. Hazard revealed the match is likely to mark a "goodbye" to the Blues and doubt also surrounds the club's head coach, Sarri having been heavily linked to the vacant Juventus post in recent weeks.
UEFA Europa League Final: Arsenal, Chelsea release starting XI
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UEFA Europa League Final: Arsenal, Chelsea release starting XI

Chelsea and Arsenal are set for the all-English final of the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League final at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan, releasing their staring eleven for the match tonight The line-up is as follows:   CHELSEA: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson, Kanté, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud, E Hazard   ARSENAL Cech, Papastathopoulos, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Özil, Lacazette, Aubameyang  
Luiz Identifies Arsenal’s Danger-man Ahead of Final in Baku
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Luiz Identifies Arsenal’s Danger-man Ahead of Final in Baku

Chelsea defender, David Luiz has named former teammate, Petr Cech, as Arsenal’s danger man ahead of both teams’ clash in the Europa League final in Baku. The Blues will come up against former team-mate, Cech, in what will be the veteran goalkeeper’s last game before retirement. Luiz said he was determined to make sure that Cech, who left Stamford Bridge for Arsenal in 2015, ends a glittering career on the losing side. “Pete is fantastic, a great person, a great man. The best goalkeeper I played with. One of the best professionals I had the opportunity to work with,” Luiz was quoted by Mirror UK as saying. “I wish Petr could be on our side. I hope he plays a good game, but I hope we win against him.” Talking about the Europa League fi...
Chelsea Defender David Luiz Signs New Contract
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Chelsea Defender David Luiz Signs New Contract

David Luiz ended speculation surrounding his Chelsea future by signing a new deal with the club. The club announced on Friday that the defender had extended his contract with Chelsea and will be under contract through the 2020-21 campaign. Luis has made 48 appearances across all competitions this campaign while scoring three goals as he’s become one of Maurizio Sarri’s go-to players after falling down the depth chart under previous manager Antonio Conte. The Brazilian has also guided Chelsea to the Europa League final, where the club will face Arsenal after dispatching Eintracht Frankfurt in penalties in the semi-final round. “I am so happy to be here and to have this opportunity to stay. I love this club and I still have the ambition of a young player,” Luiz said in a statement....
Chelsea 1 Eintracht Frankfurt 1 (2-2 agg, 4-3 on penalties)
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Chelsea 1 Eintracht Frankfurt 1 (2-2 agg, 4-3 on penalties)

Chelsea will face Arsenal in the Europa League final after prevailing on penalties against Eintracht Frankfurt in London on Thursday. Kepa Arrizabalaga saved two spot-kicks as Chelsea squeezed into the Europa League final with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out triumph over Eintracht Frankfurt after second leg of their semi-final tie finished 1-1. The villain of the dramatic EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester City turned hero on Thursday, denying Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia after Cesar Azpilicueta's saved attempt left the hosts with work to do. David Luiz and Jorginho also made amends for their misses at Wembley and it was left to Eden Hazard, featuring in perhaps his final Stamford Bridge appearance, to stroke in the winner and send Maurizio Sarri's men into a date with A...
Paul Merson Predicts Winner of Manchester United vs Chelsea
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Paul Merson Predicts Winner of Manchester United vs Chelsea

Former Premier League star, Paul Merson, has predicted this week’s clash between Manchester United and Chelsea. Burnley picked up a point against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday. Manchester United, on the other hand, lost 4-0 to Everton last weekend and followed it up with 2-0 loss to city rivals, Manchester City on Wednesday. Merson said the game between the two top four contenders will end 2-1 in favour of Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s men. He told Sky Sports, “I expect United to win, believe it or not. I think [Marcus] Rashford will be too much for the Chelsea defence. “I watch Chelsea, if Eden Hazard doesn’t turn up it’s difficult, or if teams keep him quiet. You’ve seen teams do it before. “I don’t think there’s a lot between the teams, N’Golo Kante being injured c...
David Luiz Reveals who Caused Chelsea’s 2-0 Loss to Liverpool
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David Luiz Reveals who Caused Chelsea’s 2-0 Loss to Liverpool

Chelsea defender, David Luiz has blamed the forwards for their 2-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday. Liuz said Chelsea could have beaten Liverpool last Sunday if they took their chances. The Blues could not withstand Jurgen Klopp’s men attack during the second half of the game allowing Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to find the back of the net in quick succession. Chelsea ended the game with just three shots on target and 38% of ball possession. Liverpool, by contrast, had five shots on target and 62% ball possession. The win for Liverpool was their first against the Blues at Anfield in several Premier League games. Chelsea did not cause much trouble to Liverpool’s defenders. Eden Hazard did however not convert good chances from Emerson Palmieri’s ball delivered towards h...
David Luiz Rejects 3-year Contract Worth £220,000 A Week Salary
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David Luiz Rejects 3-year Contract Worth £220,000 A Week Salary

Chelsea defender, David Luiz has rejected a contract worth £220,000-a-week salary from a club in Qatar. According to Evening Standard, Luiz rejected the deal after he was approached by a team in Qatar, the identity of which is not known, about a three-year deal worth £34million. The report also claimed that the 32-year-old rejected the contract because he wants to remain at Stamford Bridge as he continues to hold talks with the West London club over a new deal. Luiz, whose contract with Chelsea will expires in the summer, currently earns less than £130,000-a-week at Chelsea. The Brazilian has been impressive since manager Maurizio Sarri took over from former Blues boss, Antonio Conte. When asked recently if he will still be at Chelsea next season, Luiz said: “I think ...
Chelsea Squad Against Brighton
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Chelsea Squad Against Brighton

Chelsea have released their squad that will tackle Brighton in today’s Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge. According to Tribuna, the Blues manager, Maurizio Sarri has released a list of 21 players. Chelsea head to the game following a 2-1 victory over Cardiff City last weekend in their last Premier League encounter. Below is the Chelsea squad against Brighton: Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Rob Green. Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Davide Zappacosta, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ethan Ampadu, Andreas Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson. Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Forwards: Eden Hazard, Willian, Callum Hudson-O...
Europa League: Chelsea’s Squad Against Dynamo Kyiv
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Europa League: Chelsea’s Squad Against Dynamo Kyiv

Chelsea have released their line-up that will tackle Dynamo Kyiv in today’s Europa League fixture at the Stamford Bridge. According to Tribuna, the Blues manager, Maurizio Sarri has released a list of 22 players. Chelsea head to the game following a 2-1 victory over Fulham last weekend in the Premier League encounter. Below is the Chelsea squad against Dynamo Kyiv: Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Rob Green. Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Davide Zappacosta, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ethan Ampadu, Andreas Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson. Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Forwards: Eden Hazard, Willian, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Gonzalo Higuain, Olivier Giroud, Pedro. The kick-off ti...
Ikeme Slams Chelsea Goalkeeper Over Gross Insubordination
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Ikeme Slams Chelsea Goalkeeper Over Gross Insubordination

Ex Nigerian international Carl Ikeme has stated that it was extremely wrong for Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to have refused to be substituted by his coach Maurizio Sarri after his number was up for substitution in the Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City last Sunday. Kepa Arrizabalaga The former Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper who retired from the sport after been diagnosed with acute leukaemia in early 2018 stated that although it is always difficult to accept some substitutions after one has played his heart out on the pitch, the best thing to do is accept the coach’s decision then deal with the issue later instead of creating a scene. With the goalkeeper failing to leave the pitch, Chelsea went on to lose the game and reacting to the issue Ikeme said it was...
Sarri Still Commands Players’ Respect after Kepa Drama, Says Luiz
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Sarri Still Commands Players’ Respect after Kepa Drama, Says Luiz

David Luiz (right) celebrates scoring in the 2-0 win over Manchester City, Saturday David Luiz has said that Kepa Arrizabalaga’s refusal to be substituted during the Carabao League Cup final against Manchester City does not show that Maurizio Sarri has lost the respect of his Chelsea players. Sarri’s position is precarious after a run of poor results but his team put in a valiant performance in Sunday’s match against City, who had beaten the Blues 6-0 just two weeks earlier. City retained the trophy with a 4-3 penalty shootout win at Wembley, but the match was overshadowed by a bizarre incident when Kepa declined to go off, sparking an angry response from the manager. The Italian coach and Kepa later said the incident was the result of a misunderstanding and Luiz was adamant ...
David Luiz Reveals What he Told Kepa During Row With Sarri
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David Luiz Reveals What he Told Kepa During Row With Sarri

David Luiz has revealed what he told goalkeeper Kepa Arizebalaga during his row with manager Maurizio Sarri in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City yesterday. The game saw Kepa refusing to be substituted after he sustained a cramp injury. His refusal angered Sarri who expressed his disatisfaction on the touch line with Willy Caballero waiting to replace Kepa. According to David Luiz who walked up to Kepa to have a word with him, he said he told the Spanish goalkeeper to respect the manager’s decision. ‘I told him to respect the decision of the coach’. David Luiz went on to miss a penalty with City picking the day in a goaless draw that ended in a penalty shoot-out, 4-3 in favour of City. Reacting to the episode between him and Kepa, Sarri said he would be speaking...
Chelsea Beat Newcastle, Stay Safely in Top Four
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Chelsea Beat Newcastle, Stay Safely in Top Four

Skilful finishes from Pedro and Willian earned a Chelsea a 2-1 win over battling Newcastle United in the Premier League yesterday, keeping the London side safely in the top four. A pinpoint lofted pass from David Luiz in the ninth minute found Pedro and the Spain forward deftly chipped the ball over Martin Dubravka into the net. Despite Chelsea’s overwhelming possession, Newcastle enjoyed a couple of chances on the counter late in the first half and Ciaran Clark equalised from a corner in the 40th minute, squeezing his header inside Kepa Arrizabalaga’s right post. Chelsea, though often frustrated by a massed Newcastle defence, found a way through in the 57th minute when Eden Hazard forced his way down the middle and laid off the ball to Willian who curled an exquisite shot into ...
Kante Growing Into New Role With Chelsea
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Kante Growing Into New Role With Chelsea

Crystal Palace’s German midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp (L) vies with Chelsea’s French midfielder N’Golo Kante (R) during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park in south London on December 30, 2018. Ben STANSALL / AFP N’Golo Kante insists he is finally growing into his new role in Chelsea’s midfield as the France star prepares for Wednesday’s clash with Southampton. Kante earned a reputation as the world’s best defensive midfielder after playing a key role in Chelsea and Leicester’s Premier League title triumphs, as well as France’s World Cup victory. But the 27-year-old has had to adapt to a change of position this season under new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri. Sarri, who replaced Antonio Con...
Chelsea Star, David Luiz Rejects Contract Extension
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Chelsea Star, David Luiz Rejects Contract Extension

David Luiz has been enjoying a resurgence under Sarri after being ostracized under Conte last season, starting 17 of the 18 matches in the league thus far — the 2-1 lost to Wolves away is the only reason he is 90 minutes shy of having played every Premier League minute available to him — but that still may not be enough to keep him at Chelsea for another season. According to the Times (as cited by the Express), the 31-year-old defender has rejected Chelsea’s offer a new one-year contract. Prior to the game, David Luiz said that the best Christmas gift the players could give is a win against Leicester. So that’s gone just about the way of the best gift the club could give to David, a multi-year contract extension. It’s Chelsea club policy to only offer one-year deals to players...
Marital Scored Twice To Give United The Lead
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Marital Scored Twice To Give United The Lead

Pogba, at fault for the first goal, emerged from a three-on-one situation on the halfway line to feed in Lukaku and the Belgian played it out to Rashford. Mata had a fine shot stopped but Chelsea couldn’t clear the ball and after David Luiz went down off the ball Martial found himself free to smash home past Kepa Arrizabalaga. It was a deserved equaliser on the balance of play but what really would have worried Maurizio Sarri was how his Chelsea side stopped playing their own game. The Blues had made an empthatic start to the season under the Italian but the Chelsea defence suddenly looked nervous and were giving up chances to United. Luiz’s role in the first had put him off his game and he made a crazy decision to lunge in on Mata on the right wing. The Brazilian missed his chall...
Sarri: Yes, This Chelsea Player Much Better Than I Thought…
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Sarri: Yes, This Chelsea Player Much Better Than I Thought…

  Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits David Luiz has been a big surprise this season. Luiz has been outstanding at the back for Sarri. And he said: “Yes, he is much better than I thought before. Much better, as a player and a man. I don't know what happened before but when I arrived immediately I had a feeling he is a very good player for my way of football as he is a very technical centre back. “I appreciate very much the man as he is direct. If he has to say something to me, he does that. I like direct people. I like it very much. “He was a little confused as two seasons ago he was a protagonist but then came six months without playing. So he was a little confused. “I think he is very able to play my way with his characteristics. He is very technic...
Chelsea Defender David Luiz: I Know Sarri Will Improve Me
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Chelsea Defender David Luiz: I Know Sarri Will Improve Me

David Luiz has no doubts Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri can improve his game. The defender has lifted the lid on what Sarri wants from his players. "I think every coach comes with new stuff and can improve and help us and of course Sarri are already taught me many things I never saw before. It's great to understand football - it never stops - since I started playing football I always learn from every coach, it's great," Luiz told Sky Sports. "He just gives to you [the public] five per cent of the idea, he's not going to give you 100 per cent of the idea, one of the parts of the idea is to focus on the ball and different parts of the pitch, you have to understand the movement. "I think we are in the beginning, we already head everything but you have to learn in your head and pass t...
Chelsea Star Ready To Quit Club
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Chelsea Star Ready To Quit Club

Gary Cahill has set sights on his future away from North London club, Chelsea where he hasn't enjoyed much play time of late.  Chelsea defender, Gary Cahill is reportedly ready to quit the club as he considers his future at Stamford Bridge. The 32-year-old, who has just 12 months remaining in his deal, struggled for regular starts last season under former manager Antonio Conte, who has now left the club. The England international has enjoyed a successful six years with the Blues, winning two Premier League and one Champions League during his 282 appearances in all competitions for the club. Evening Standard UK reports that Cahill will hold talks with the new head coach, Maurizio Sarri when he returns from holiday and may decide to leave the West London club should he not ...
Antonio Conte: Eden Hazard A Different Player From Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta
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Antonio Conte: Eden Hazard A Different Player From Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta

Antonio Conte claimed that Eden Hazard must start winning football’s biggest trophies if he is to bear comparison with a “genius of football” like Andres Iniesta. Iniesta was a fitness doubt for Barcelona against Chelsea in the second leg of a tight Champions League round-of-16 tie at Camp Nou due to a hamstring injury, but Ernesto Valverde confirmed on Tuesday that the Spain international would be in the squad. Conte compared the World Cup winner to retired Italy legend Andrea Pirlo in terms of his ability and standing within the game, adding that he does not believe Hazard is at the same stage of his career. “We are talking about two different players [Iniesta and Hazard],” Conte said. “Hazard is more a No. 10. Iniesta is a thinking midfielder. A midfielder that thinks and stays...
Comedian Hands Antonio Conte Signed Jose Mourinho Shirt
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Comedian Hands Antonio Conte Signed Jose Mourinho Shirt

Antonio Conte’s press conference on Thursday was gatecrashed by an Italian comedian who attempted to give the Chelsea boss a Manchester United shirt signed by bitter rival Jose Mourinho. Conte had already spoken of plans to rotate his team ahead of a demanding schedule in which they next play Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City when the comedian from Italia 1 satire Le Iene rose from his seat. He spoke to Conte in Italian, showed him a video on a tablet — United manager Mourinho’s name could be heard via the video — and then presented the shirt to him before it was refused and he was asked to leave. When Conte saw the shirt he stopped smiling. Mourinho had signed it last month, unaware it featured Conte’s name, when approached by comedians from the same programme in M...
Top-Four Finish A Success For Chelsea – Antonio Conte
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Top-Four Finish A Success For Chelsea – Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte believes finishing in the top four will mean that Chelsea have had a successful season regardless of losing their Premier League title. The champions head into Saturday’s game with Stoke City 16 points behind league leaders Manchester City, who have left the rest of the division trailing in their wake with their sensational form this term. Chelsea are still involved in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup and have a Champions League last-16 tie with Barcelona to come, leaving them a good chance of finishing 2017-18 with silverware. But Conte believes their league campaign will be a success as long as they finish in one of the three spots directly behind City. “I think, in this league, to finish in the top four will always be a successful season,” he told a news conference. ...
Chelsea’s Antonio Conte Wary Of Wounded Southampton
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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte Wary Of Wounded Southampton

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes Southampton will make life difficult for his side when they clash in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Chelsea recovered from their 1-0 away defeat to West Ham with a 3-1 away win against newly promoted Huddersfield Town on Tuesday. Southampton were hammered 4-1 at home by visiting Leicester City on Wednesday. But Conte posited that playing against a side that suffered a heavy defeat would not be easy. “Tomorrow will be very difficult,” Conte said in Friday’s press conference. “Southampton are a good team with a lot of good young players with a great future and will make us suffer. They are a good team. “When we played West Ham we didn’t win and we dropped points against Crystal Palace. We must pay attention in every...
Conte Gave Chelsea Players The Hairdryer Treatment After UCL Loss To Roma
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Conte Gave Chelsea Players The Hairdryer Treatment After UCL Loss To Roma

The under-pressure Italian spared no member of the squad in his hairdryer blast at the club's Cobham training ground on Thursday. This included Kenedy, an unused substitute at the Stadio Olimpico, who was singled out because he yawned during Conte's address. According to the Daily Telegraph, David Luiz was also scolded for his reaction to being substituted during the 3-3 home draw with Roma a fortnight earlier. Meanwhile, young Belgian Charly Musonda was told off for complaining about a lack of first-team opportunities on Instagram amid interest from Arsenal. Conte made it clear to his players that he was embarrassed by their shambolic defensive performance in the Italian capital, which delighted Roma fans as he is a former manager of their rivals Juventus. He demanded an improvement ...
David Luiz Is Reunited With His Lookalike Super -Fan
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David Luiz Is Reunited With His Lookalike Super -Fan

The Chelsea star posted pictures and a video of the meeting with his lookalike who copied the Brazil star down to the very fine details. It is the second time the Brazilian defender has come face to face with the fan who was last pictured with Luiz back in November 2016. The fan has seemingly upped his game from the first meeting with his idol. This time he donned a white wrist brace to copy Luiz's current injury. Dancing outside the star's car, the lookalike wrapped a Brazilian flag around his waist and pumped his fists. The Chelsea star was clearly taken by his fan and wrote 'The best' over the video he posted to his Twitter account. Luiz has been an integral part to Chelsea's campaign to defend the Premier League this season. However, he has yet to live up to the expectations he s...
Antonio Conte Dismisses Talk Of Chelsea Discontent
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Antonio Conte Dismisses Talk Of Chelsea Discontent

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte on Friday dismissed rumours of discontent over his training methods following successive Premier League defeats for the defending champions. Conte said Chelsea’s training loads are “70 percent less” than during last season’s Premier League-winning campaign and the sheer quantity of matches renders the work that brought success last term “impossible”. “I don’t know about this,” the Italian said when asked about media speculation about disgruntlement. “I have my methods. It’s the same, like last season when we won the league. “Honestly, I think we are working maybe 70 percent less this season. Maybe for this reason we are having trouble. “When you play every three days it’s impossible to work on the tactical aspect and physical aspect. I think we are...