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Chelsea suffered a disappointing defeat at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace, who earned a vital first win for the relegation battle. The Eagles scored for the first time breaking their goal drought thanks to Cesar Azpilicueta‘s own-goal and Wilfried Zaha.

Liverpool produced a goalless draw with Manchester United, who remain 2nd with 20 points, just behind Manchester City. Watford are impressing game after game and stay above Arsenal after beating the Gunners with late goals by Troy Deeney and Tom Cleverley earlier this evening.

Also Burnley are level on points with Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal as Sean Dyche’s men earned one point in a tough clash against West Ham United today.

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Chelsea slipped up as they left the 3rd position after losing at home against Manchester City last time out.

Tottenham Hotspur overcame the Blues on the league table, with Arsenal currently level on points (13) with the Premier League champions following their 2-0 win over Brighton. Everton suffered a home defeat against Burnley.

Chelsea will travel to Selhurst Park for their third London derby (against Crystal Palace) after the International Break.

FULL TIME – Newcastle 1v1 Liverpool (Coutinho 29′, Joselu 36′)

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Chelsea will not appeal David Luiz‘s red card against Arsenal, even if Blues boss Antonio Conte insists the tackle was not intentional, as the Brazilian fell before the horrendous tackle on Sead Kolasinac:

“I think the situation was very clear. It was a fall before the tackle but now it’s important to move on and to look at the next game,” Conte said in the press conference ahead of League Cup game against Nottingham Forest.

David Luiz will now miss three matches, including the top of the table clash against Manchester City in the end of the month.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea puts pressure on Danny Welbeck of Arsenal during the The FA Community Shield final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 6, 2017 in London, England.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed Barcelona had the obligation to contact Arsenal when he left the La Liga giants in 2014.

“Once I made the decision to leave Barcelona, Arsenal had the first option, and Barcelona had the obligation to contact Arsenal first. – the Spaniard revealed – Then they had a week to basically respond yes or no to the buy-out clause”.

Chelsea signed Fabregas on a £30m move, with former Blues’ manager José Mourinho in charge at Stamford Bridge.

“I knew Chelsea were on the side, among other clubs, but after I spoke to [Jose] Mourinho in the meantime he convinced me that it was a great place to come. – Fabregas confirmed – The week passed, Arsenal never responded, never contacted me either, so I took it as them having enough players in their squad, so I made my move to Chelsea.”

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Pedro was early replaced by Tiemoue Bakayoko after 45′ as the Spaniard received a painful knock in the first half of Premier League clash against Arsenal today.

Pedro wasn’t 100 per cent fit and for this reason I decided to make this substitution for the second half – Conte said after the game – We have to check with the doctor but I hope this is not serious”.

The Spaniard has already suffered a facial injury with multiple fractures following a late challenge between him and Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina earlier this summer.

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Eden Hazard came off the bench in Chelsea‘s goalless draw against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. The Belgian star, who featured in the last 20’ of the second period, is recovering fast from a recent bad injury.

“The last 20 minutes Hazard played very well. – Conte noted speaking after the game – Now on Wednesday he will have the possibility to start the game against Nottingham Forest and then to complete his recovery. We hope everything will be okay after this game”.

Then Chelsea will face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday 23rd September.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident that his side will climb up the table as ‘the performance against Arsenal was a good one’.

“When you play this type of game, it is a massive game and you know very well anything can happen. – the Italian manager said after the game – We tried to create chances and win, both teams did”.

“We started the game very well, the first 20 minutes, and we suffered a little in the middle of the first half. But sometimes people forget that Arsenal are one of the top six in England. We know the type of game we had to face. Arsenal is a really good team, they are a strong team and have a lot of top players”.

David Luiz was sent off with a straight red card following a late challenge on Arsenal defender Senad Kolasinac: “You know very well that I don’t like to comment on referee decisions. – Conte said – I didn’t do this in the past and I don’t now. All I can say now is it is very important to see what happened before the David Luiz tackle; for sure there was a foul. The referee took this decision [to show a red card] but if he stops the play before, I think it doesn’t happen.

There was a foul in a continuous way, they continued to push him [David Luiz] and the referee, he has to use the whistle, but it happened and we look forward”.

Chelsea are struggling to finish one single game without a men sent off by the referee, as Conte remarked: “For sure it is strange but in all situations we have to try to improve; in the tactical situation, the physical situation and also we must try to improve in this situation, and also we hope to be more lucky in the future.

I was a player and it can happen this type of period when we were not so lucky to receive red cards. I hope to be more lucky with the decisions for us and also for the opponent because sometimes the opponent deserved a red card and instead they continued to play with 11 men”.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill spoke on TV after the 0-0 against Arsenal, claiming the team was not enough cynical today:

“It was a little frustrating, we created just a good chance,” the English defender claimed after the final whistle.

“It was a derby and there was a lot of intensity, we created a couple of chances but we were not cynical enough, they were more determined in some moments of the game.”


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Chelsea and Arsenal end their 191th derby with a goalless draw that doesn’t help both the teams.

The Blues finished the game, yet again, with ten men after David Luiz was sent off five minutes before the final whitsle for an awful foul on Sead Kolasinac.

Chelsea started with a better attitude and pace, but Arsenal improved after Danny Welbeck and Alexander Lacazette’s had two close chances at 15′ and 16′, with a header from the first one that went wide at 15′ and with a shot from the French striker saved by Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea‘s only clear chance came at 20’, when Pedro missed a goal all alone in front of Blues legend Petr Cech, who stopped the ball with his chest.

But the best chance of the first half and of the match was at 41′ when Aaron Ramsey hit the post, with Lacazette missing a huge chance on the rebound.

David Luiz suffered a minor injury in his left wrist following a late challenge just before the halftime whistle and came back with a bandage. Pedro was substituted by Tiemoué Bakayoko at halftime.

In the second half the game was more balanced, with chances for both teams but none of them went really close to score, with only a shot by Eden Hazard blocked by Cech.

Alvaro Morata was booked after protesting with the referee assistant while Wenger made his first change with Alexis Sanchez on for Lacazette at 66′. Eden Hazard came in to replace Willian four minutes later.

Skhodran Mustafi‘s opener with a header was disallowed by the referee for an offside at 75′ and right after Oliver Giroud replaced an injured Welbeck.

Wenger tried to push more and find the three points when he substituted Alex Iwobi with Mohamed Elneny and right after David Luiz was given a red card for a mad challenge on Kolasinac: Conte decided to strengthen the defence taking out Morata and giving a chanced to Andreas Christensen.

Arsenal pushed hard until the last second to find the win, while Chelsea tried to slow the pace and keep the point, a target that Conte’s lads reached after four minutes of injury time.


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Chelsea struggled in the last 20′ against Arsenal in a tough and vivid first half at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues controlled the game in the opening minutes and went close to scoring with Pedro at 23′, but Arsenal goalkeeper Cech made a strong save. On the other side, Aaron Ramsey seemed unstoppable as the Wales international danced past Azpilicueta and Luiz before hitting the post. Lacazette was ready to exploit the rebound, but his shot went wide.

David Luiz suffered a minor injury on his left hand following a late challenge just before the halftime whistle and came back with a bandage. Pedro out, Bakayoko in at halftime.

Alvaro Morata was booked while Wenger made his first change with Alexis Sanchez on for Lacazette, then also Eden Hazard came in to replace willian with 25 minutes left to go.

Skhodran Mustafi‘s opener with a header at 75′ was disallowed by the referee. Then Elneny replaces injured Welbeck.

David Luiz sent off following a late challenge on Kolasinac. As a result, Conte replaces Alvaro Morata with Andreas Christensen, who takes place in the centre of defense. Chelsea are pushing to find a late goal even though they are playing without Morata. Also Kolasinac is booked due to a foul on Eden Hazard.

4’ of extra time, with Chelsea trying to grab a late win. Arsenal struggling to create chances despite the one-man edge. The referee blows and the game is over: clean sheet at Stamford Bridge, firstborn draw of the season for Antonio Conte’s men.


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praises his players after today's win at Stamford Bridge vs Watford which guaranteed three points to the Blues in the Premier League table.   "We show good character, good spirit, we...