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Chelsea captain John Terry took to Instagram this morning to heap the praise on his former team mate and club legend Petr Cech after Chelsea’s 1-0 at the Emirates on Sunday.

On his personal Instagram page (@johnterry.26) Terry posted a photo of the two of them after the game with the caption “Great seeing the big man @petrcech yesterday, so much RESPECT for this guy Chelsea Legend”.

Cech is still seen as a hero in West London after his switch to London rivals Arsenal. And it comes as no surprise as he was an integral part in the Blues success’s over the last decade.

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Chelsea have beaten Arsenal 2-0 in a controversial game at Stamford Bridge that should be the platform from which they restart their season.

The approach from both sides was clear early on as inroads were made into both penalty areas, Chelsea’s high line, the cause of some trouble in recent weeks, still in evidence as Theo Walcott made runs in behind Chelsea’s defence to no effect.

Ex-Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas had the first attempt on goal for the home side- a shot from outside the box which former Chelsea ‘keeper Cech was equal to.

The away side appeared to settle more and whose approached the opposition goal with more confidence and a couple of times thought they were in on goal only to be denied by the linesman’s flag.

It took Chelsea those first ten minutes to impose themselves, and when they did so they did it with an energy that has not been seen since last season. Fabregas, Hazard and Costa attacked in a pack that Arsenal struggled to contain. With the support cast of Pedro and Ivanovic on the wing it was only the final pass that prevented the opening goal early on.

Fabregas played a superb pass over the top on the half hour that briefly put Hazard in on goal but pressure from both the nearby defender and Cech prevented the Belgian from shooting. The PFA Player of the Year broke away a minute later as Chelsea counter attacked from just inside their own half and appealed for a penalty as Bellerin appeared to push him over before the ball went out.

Chelsea continued to dominate possession and look the more likely of the two to score but were often too narrow even if the play itself was markedly quicker than at any other point this season. Arsenal have taken to smothering Chelsea’s narrow attacks and go forward themselves on the break- Walcott and Sanchez both dangerous when given space in Chelsea’s half.

Pedro had a shot from distance that Cech punched away, and the definitive moment of the half came just before its end when Arsenal lost a man  to two yellow cards. Hazard chipped in from the right to Costa who appealed for a penalty after going to ground following a tussle with Koscielny. Both Costa and the Frenchman argued face-to-face before the involvement of Gabriel with whom the Chelsea forward tussled with arms raised. Both players were cautioned, but the Arsenal full-back was sufficiently wound up to stamp on Costa’s foot a minute later in front of referee Dean, who subsequently sent him off.

Pedro had the first chance of the second half when he volleyed wide a clearance inside the area in the 46th minute. Arsenal won a free-kick on the edge of the box that was deflected out for a corner, and it was a free-kick that opened the scoring at the other end of the pitch. Fabregas, like last season, played in a superb ball for Zouma to head in as Arsenal’s defence stepped up trying to catch him offside.

It preceded a final 40 minutes that Chelsea largely dominated. They almost doubled their lead within minutes when Hazard shot from the edge of the box but Cech again pushed away his attempt. A long ball over the top almost put in Sanchez but the winger couldn’t make a connection, but it was Chelsea that continued to be the better side, as they were from very early on.

A series of shots from Costa, Fabregas and Pedro failed to add to the lead and for a brief moment Arsenal began to look dangerous again as Chelsea tried to slow the game down. In their desperation to get an equaliser Arsenal found themselves down to nine men after Cazorla, who had been booked  earlier, was shown a second yellow for a late foul on Cesc Fabgregas. Even with a two player advantage the Blues were keen to keep hold of the ball for as long as possible, drawing their opponents out in attempts to find space.

The game was truly over in the 90th minute when Eden Hazard made it 2-0 after collecting the ball from Loic Remy, on for Costa, and shooting past Cech- the shot itself taking a deflection of Calum Chambers. Today’s performance was by far the best of a very poor selection this season and should give the players the necessary confidence to restart their title bid. The fitness troubles that plagued the side since August appear to have been rectified and there is significant hope for the near future.



CHELSEA: Begovic; Ivanovic (c), Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas (Mikel, 92); Pedro, Oscar (Ramires, 69), Hazard; Diego Costa (Remy, 82)

Unused subs: Blackman, Terry, Loftus-Cheek, Falcao 

Manager: José Mourinho


ARSENAL: Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Cazorla, Coquelin (Chambers, 45); Ozil (Giroud, 75), Ramsey, Sanchez (Oxlade-Chamberlain, 75); Walcott.

Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs,  Arteta

Manager: Arsene Wenger


Referee: Mike Dean    Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt and Simon Long    Fourth Official: Michael Oliver    

Attendance: 41,584



Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

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Curious episode at the end of the Community Shield’s game: Chelsea boss José Mourinho held back at the end of the winners catwalk to congratulate each Arsenal player, shaking their hands.

The Portugues manager, that of course didn’t look happy for the defeat, also hugged his ex players Özil and Cech and in the end of the line Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was coming, but Mourinho snubbed him, turning quickly on his back and heading immediately to the dressing room tunnel.

Anyway, Wenger didn’t look very annoyed by the episode, and probably wanted to snub the Chelsea boss too since at the end of the game he acted the same way, avoiding Mourinho and heading to the tunnel too.

The pair won’t ever stand each other.


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Cech can leave Chelsea this summer

Petr Cech completed the move to Arsenal yesterday after spending 11 years at Chelsea.

The 32 years old admitted he could have joined the gunners when he was 18 instead of going to Rennes and eventually Chelsea afterwards. He told Arsenal official website:

“There was a chance before I went to France that I could sign for Arsenal but I was only 18 or 19 and at that time Czech Republic were not in the European Union”

“You needed a work permit and the conditions were to play 75 per cent of the first-team games for the national team, which at the time was impossible for me to get. In the end I went to France because I couldn’t get a work permit.”


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Cech can leave Chelsea this summer

Arsenal are still trying to finalise the deal

The Czech goalkeeper has not be aquired by Arsenal officially. In fact yesterday had been reported that he accepted a deal of £11m  offer  from ” the Gunners” accepted by Chelsea.

In any case,  Through a message via Twitter Cech completely denied that the offer proposed by Arsenal had been accepted  until he confirmed it , so the deal is still on going. . “as we told you, No transfer deal has been done yet for Petr Cech – as soon as any news Petr Cech will confirm”  a Tweet says.

Cech arrived at Chelsea  in 2004 from Rennes and  has made 333 officially appearances with who has won 4 Premier Leagues ( 2004-2005,2005-2006,2009-2010 and 2014-2015), four FA cups (2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10 ) one Uefa Champions League (2011–12) and one Europa League (2012–13). He adds a couple of  FA Community Shields and Three Football League Cups.


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There has been talks in the past few weeks regarding the transfer of Petr Cech to Arsenal this summer.

However, the deal hasn’t been completed, but according to Harry Redknapp, it would be a massive signing for Arsenal which would give them the chance to win the Premier League. He said:

“Petr Cech could be a great move for Arsenal if they can get him. He wants to stay in London and the Gunners need a top keeper.

He then went on to insist, they would need one top striker on top to challenge and added:

“I’ve said they need 2-3 good buys and he’s one of them. Added to him they need a striker, central defender or top holding midfielder.

“Jack Wilshere will be fit at the start of the season, as will Theo Walcott and if they can get Cech and some other good buys then I can see Arsenal challenging for the title next season.”

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We have been hearing this potential transfer over the last month at least four times, although it has yet to be confirmed if it will go ahead.

Chelsea are interested in bringing Alex Oxlade Chamberlain in exchange for Petr Cech. The goalkeeper is likely to move to the Emirates but Jose Mourinho wouldn’t sell him without nothing in return so he wants to sign Oxlade Chamberlain but the 21 years old is still in Wenger’s plan for next season so the task sounds very difficult for both sides.

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It looks like Chelsea is already anticipating life without Petr Cech as they are holding talks for the potential transfer of Asmir Begovic.

The Bosnian is Stoke City’s goalkeeper since 2010 but has only one year remaining on his contract so it would appear it would be a good time for Stoke City to cash in, and the transfer would be sealed in the region of £8M.

Chelsea are not the only ones interested in the 27 years old. Manchester United is also monitoring the situation very closely.


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Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has said he has spoken to Petr Cech about a move to the Emirates Stadium but cannot say whether or not his compatriot will join him in north London.

Arsenal have been trying to convince the Chelsea goalkeeper that his interests served with them after the Czech lost his place as Chelsea’s first choice to Thibaus Courtois.

Rosicky is quoted in the Daily Star as saying:

“It’s his decision or Arsenal’s decision if they want to go in that way. I don’t know if Arsenal really want him or not.

“That’s not the right question for me but he’s a very good goalkeeper. He’s a proven goalkeeper.

“I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I had been speaking to him because we have known each other for a very long time.

“Petr wants a change of scenery, let’s say, so I don’t think he will have a lack of clubs interested in him.

“We will see how it ends but in this case I will not interfere at all from both sides.

“He’s 33 and he’s been through all the situations you can imagine. The experience is there and that is vital for a goalkeeper. That is what he can offer.

“He’s show it for many years and he’s still got plenty of years ahead of him.”



Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow's Carabao Cup's quarter final vs Bournemouth, Sarri's assistant coach Gianfranco Zola explained he is not sure Gary Cahill will leave Chelsea during the January transfer window. "It is difficult...