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Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas reveals he’s got huge respect for José Mourinho, actually, he really loves the current Manchester United manager.

Mourinho was the one who brought the Spaniard to Stamford Bridge in summer 2014 and Fabregas won’t ever forget that:

“I love him,” the former Arsenal and Barcelona player said.

“I owe him a lot because he brought me here and I will always remember that. 

“Arsene [Wenger] always treated me like a son and it was amazing but the closest anyone else has been to him was Jose. 

“The way he treated me, the way he made me feel, how he let me be a leader of the Chelsea team from day one and believed in me, this was fantastic and will always stay with me. 

“It [this experience at Chelsea] is thanks to him. Our history, what had happened between us before I came, made it even more remarkable. 

“When I played for Arsenal, he was with Chelsea. When I was at Barcelona, he was with Real Madrid. We were confronting each other but then we humbled ourselves and started a good relationship.”

Speaking about his second spell at Barcelona between 2011 and 2014, he said:

“I was happy at Barcelona but there were players who were there for many years before me and the fans had them in their heart. 

“For me, it was different because I left and came back, they paid money for me. It is more difficult. I never had the same love that the other players had. That’s also because they were such fantastic players. 

“When Mourinho brought me to Chelsea, he brought back a lot of energy and fire inside of me. It was a fantastic year with him to be honest.” 

Speaking about Mourinho tactics for the FA Cup final, that some Chelsea players might know really well, Fabregas said:

“We have played a few games against them and he has changed the system many times. 

“I am sure he will change something again on Saturday. You can expect that, for sure. Mourinho prepares for finals very, very well. 

“This year at Manchester United we played well, went 1-0 up, could have had more and in one moment they scored. In the second half, it was not good and we tried to change things around but maybe it was a little bit too late.”

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Arsene Wenger will leave his managerial role at Arsenal when the 2017/18 campaign comes to an end, the Frenchman has announced through an official statement this morning.

We read: “After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season. I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.
 
“I managed the club with full commitment and integrity. I want to thank the staff, the players, the Directors and the fans who make this club so special.
 
“I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high. To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club. My love and support for ever.”

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In the last few days Petr Cech not only expressed his frustation on how goalkeepers are selected to play games in different competition at Arsenal, but also he revealed this process was better when he played for Chelsea.

At Chelsea we never decided which competition you play, it was a game by game process.” Cech said as a guest on BBC’s Match of the Day. “If you kept playing well then you were fit and you didn’t need rest then the manager had his choice to pick the goalkeeper for the competitions. Sometimes I would sit a game out or be on the bench but it would not be decided, ‘You play this competition, you play this competition’. I enjoyed that because I love this competition for example, to be involved and play FA Cup games. Any other competition makes it a bit more spicy and special”.

At Arsenal and with Arsene Wengerthings, however, are different: “I had known prior to the season that David would play the FA Cup games. Obviously I would love to play the competition as well but you have to respect the manager’s decisions.” Cech went on. “I ended up playing the quarter-final and semi-final [last season], but then I didn’t play the final so I had some part in the process. It’s about respecting your colleague and your coach’s decision. Obviously you can tell you would prefer the other way but it’s the decision of the coach.”

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A well deserved pass for Carabao Cup final earned by Arsenal tonight after beating a Chelsea, who gave the impression they never really believed in reaching it.

Gunners were far more motivated than the Blues and despite conceding the first goal to Antonio Conte‘s side after only 7’ – Eden Hazard scored it – they immediately reacted and equalised thanks to an unlucky deflection by Marcos Alonso first and then Antonio Rudiger in their own goal.

Chelsea were actually in the game until Willian got injured after 27′ and was forced to limp off the pitch with a suspected hamstring injury, being replaced by Ross Barkley, who made his official debut for the Blues, his first game since last May. However, he didn’t impress.

From that point onward Arsenal took the control of the game despite the Blues trying to take the lead again with a couple of chances threw by Hazard.

The second part saw Arsene Wenger side being dominant and finding a deserved goal with Granit Xhaka at 60′.

Chelsea weren’t able to react or create dangerous chance, they only tried with the strength born of desperation in the last minutes of the game.

Conte now has to deal with an injury emergency and a way to refresh confidence and physical form in his players before Newcastle clash in FA Cup next Sunday.

Arsenal will Manchester City, who beat Bristol City last night, in the competition final at Wembley in one month.

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Speaking after tonight’s game at Emirates StadiumArsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims half-time was crucial for his team in their effort to beat Chelsea and qualify to the Carabao Cup final which will be played next month at Wembley vs Manchester City.

I felt that in the first half there were tactical reasons for not expressing the quality of our game, we rectified that at half time.” Wenger said during his post game press conference. “In the second half we won the ball high up and controlled the game. It’s a great satisfying night for us. We managed to beat a strong team. In January we paid a heavy price for uncertainty in the dressing room – now we are back. We have shown we can beat big teams. That’s important for the second half of the season”.

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Ahead of tomorrow’s night game vs ChelseaArsenal‘s boss Arsene Wenger claims the match will be more spectacular and exciting than the one the two teams played one week ago at Stamford Bridge.

“We want to go to the final, the two teams know each other very well,” Wenger said. “The second leg will be more open. It should be much more spectacular than the first one.”

 

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Carlo Ancelotti will take the reins at Emirates when Arsene Wenger‘s reign at Arsenal comes to an end, according to exclusive reports in Goal.com.

It is understood the Frenchman is under pressure for his role at the club, especially following the recent disappointing results with Arsenal in the FA Cup and Premier League.

The Italian manager would reportedly be a perfect replacement for Wenger, whose reign in London began in 1996.

Ancelotti won an FA Cup, the Community Shield and the Premier League title in 2010 with Chelsea.

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Speaking after the Carabao Cup semifinal’s first leg at Stamford Bridge, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims his team deserve to draw vs Chelsea tonight.

It was a game that was physical and two teams that defended very well. It was the first leg of a tie but we had great solidarity. It was a deserved 0-0, we couldn’t take our chances. But we will try to do out job in the second leg. We have played so many games against Chelsea”, Wenger said.

The Gunners’ manager spoke also about VAR (“There were only two opportunities to intervene, the second one was strange with the game going on for so long. With it coming back after a corner, it’s strange for it going on after two minutes”.) and Wilshere‘s injury (“He has an ankle strain, first look is it is not too bad. But for Sunday it might be too short, it is a ligament. It’s a shame”).

Moreover, Arsene Wenger gave some updates on Arsenal’s strategies during January tranfer window: “I do not have to justify every decision, I have managed over 1000 games. I want him [Sanchez] to stay for longer. He is an important player for us.”, Wenger said, “He is completely focused to play football. He warmed up like that and he wants to play football. Coquelin goes to Valencia, he didn’t get enough games. I let him go. The best way to replace him is getting Ramsey and Ozil back. Then we’ll see. We have players injured”.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger complained about the referee’s decision on the 1-2 penalty for Chelsea the other night but Blues manager Antonio Conte reckons the Frenchman’s comments are not right.

“We got a farcical decision on the penalty,” Wenger said.

“We looked like we were mentally shot and could have lost the game – we had the resources to come back to 2-2. Maybe it was a fair result”.

This is what Conte about these Wenger’s comments in today’s press conference ahead of FA Cup game against Norwich:

“I don’t like to speak about other coaches, I think you have to have to respect them,” the Italian started.

“Maybe Wenger forgot we finished with 10 men in the FA Cup and Community Shield, maybe the referee decision was a little strange. We must accept the referee decisions. Wenger is an old coach, he’s got a lot of experience and he won a lot.

“If I want I can talk about referee decisions for one month. But I don’t want to do this because we should have respect for the referee’s decisions.”

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Arsene Wenger was fuming when asked whether the decision to award Chelsea a penalty in the second half was fair. “We got a farcical decision on the penalty – he said – We looked like we were mentally shot and could have lost the game – we had the resources to come back to 2-2. Maybe it was a fair result”.

“It was a great football game, we have shown great mental resources, I knew the last 20 minutes would be tough. A fantastic football game. The regret we have is we were first to score and after that we have a farcical decision”.

Hector Bellerin, who was accused to have brought down Chelsea star Eden Hazard in the box, scored a late equalizer for the Gunners to seal a final 2-2 score.

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