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Chelsea lead Arsenal through Diego Costa’s goal scored in the 22 minute. A first half with not many opportunities to shout about.

Chelsea have capitalised on Per Mertersacker’s sending off for bringing down Costa in a goal scoring opportunity which left Wenger angry.

Giroud being replaced by Gabriel leaves Arsenal with no strike force on the pitch and will be an advantage for Chelsea in the second half.

 

ARSENAL: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker ( Gabriel 19′) , Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Campbell, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Gibbs, Chambers, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez

 

MANAGER: Arsene Wenger

 

CHELSEA: Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Azpilicueta, Mikel, Matic, Willian, Fabregas, Oscar, Diego Costa

Subs: Begovic, Cahill, Baba Rahman, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Hazard, Remy

 

MANAGER: Guus Hiddink

 

Scorer: Diego Costa 23′

Yellow Cards: Oscar 11′, Koscielny 45′

Red Cards: Mertesacker 18′

 

 

REFEREE: Mark Clattenburg

VENUE: Emirates Stadium

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The Official Chelsea vs Arsenal Line Ups are as follows:

 

CHELSEA: Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Azpilicueta, Mikel, Matic, Willian, Fabregas, Oscar, Diego Costa

 

SUBS: Begovic, Cahill, Baba Rahman, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Hazard, Remy

 

MANAGER: Guus Hiddink

 

ARSENAL: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker (c), Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Campbell, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud

 

SUBS: Ospina, Gabriel, Gibbs, Chambers, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez

 

MANAGER: Arsene Wenger

 

REFEREE: Mark Clattenburg

VENUE: Emirates Stadium

KICK OFF: 4pm GMT

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Mourinho hugs Van Gaal in his last visit to Old Trafford with Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Jose Mourinho has reportedly written a letter to Manchester United explaining his strong desire to manage the club and confirm to the club principle, as well as offering a detailed plan to the team and the key decisions he will take.

Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea last month, believes that a detailed charm offensive offensive can help finally secure his dream job of managing Manchester united. The Red Devils, currently fifth on the league table have failed to entertainment the fans with the style of play by the Louis Van Gaal and have not lived up to the Standard set of the past united sides.

Yet United’s recent poor result, not least the 1-0 defeat by Southampton yesterday, have opened up the possibility of Louis Van Gaal’s time running out and has left fans asking questions.

Having been strongly linked with a move to united in the summer of 2014/2015 season before choosing a move back at the bridge in alternative. Mourinho, sources said is ‘relaxed’ about about his future, was himself sacked by Chelsea in December after a dismal start of the season , but he immediately targeted United as his next job. one he has reportedly long desired.

 

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Kurt Zouma © Francesca Ceciarini

Kurt Zouma talks to Chelsea TV, about trust and the team’s spirit ahead of the Arsenal game today…

Last Sunday Zouma was the pundit, a guest at the canal plus studio for their coverage of ‘le derby ‘ between saint-Etienne, the player’s former club, and their rival Lyon. it is a sign of Zouma’s growth, confidence and Intelligence at the youngster’s early stage of a promising career.

‘It is the second time they have asked me to cover the derby and they think i am the best man to speak about it because I am French and I played for Saint-Etienne.’ he explains.

‘I don’t mind being in front of the cameras at all. it’s an interesting experience. if I have the time to do it then then why not? i can’t say i have thought about doing it at the end of my career yet, i am too young for that! For now i just want to think about thing about playing.’

Being in good form the 21-year-old defender has started each of the team past five games- and 10 of our past 11- Zouma is well placed to analyse the blue’s form, too as they travel to the emirates, with the club longest current of any top-flight.

‘The spirit is spirit in the group is very good and we are all determined to do better than we did in the first half of the season,

we have been playing better for few weeks now.’

The Frenchman was on target as the two sides met in September at the bridge, and talks about the sensation that comes with scoring a goal in different to the one of he experiences when he puts in a brilliant tackle.

‘It really means a lot because it directly helps the team and perhaps the result. we do have defenders who scores a lot of goals, like our captain, so it’s more normal if they score but it’s a bit surprising if I do! To score in a derby was big moment for me.’

‘A brilliant tackle is more normal because it’s your job. when you do a great tackle or you score goal, its gives you more confidence and you feel like you can do whatever you want.’

‘We work at set pieces a lot in training, attacking and defending them.’

Contemplating the moments when he might have a chance to score.

‘sometimes we do exercises where everybody has to shoot and that’s useful.’

 

 

 

 

 

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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has previously been linked with a move to Chelsea and has also been considered favourite to take over as manager.

 

Allegri has recently spoken about the reports and his current responsibilities as Juventus boss.

” My thoughts are on the Championship, the Italian cup and the Champions League. I have a contract with the club until 2017 and I feel good here.

“It feels normal. when you coach a team like Juventus, that’s the way it is. But I’m fine here and it’s only normal that my focus is on what I have to do here.”

Allegri’s comments neither confirm or deny any rumours of him taking the reigns at Chelsea. Only time will tell.

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RONALD KOEMAN

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is said to be keen on taking over as Chelsea’s permanent manager. 

In a report in the Mirror, the Dutchman is also said to want a reference from current interim boss Guus Hiddink outlining his suitability for the role.

Koeman, who became Southampton boss in 2014, said that he hopes countryman Hiddink can put a “good word” in for him as he hopes to continue managing at a high level.

Speaking to Dutch radio, the 52-year old said:

It is certainly something that I always have at the back of my mind.

“I always want to achieve at the highest possible level. That has happened in Holland and that’s what I’d really like to achieve abroad.” 

 

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Norwich City are reportedly planning an attempt to sign Chelsea midfielder Patrick Bamford, despite the failure of his last loan spell. 

The 22-year old didn’t start or score in the league during his loan spell at Crystal Palace, which Bamford cut short after just six months after a “terrible” period at Selhurst Park.

He did however have a very successful loan spell at Championship promotion contenders Middlesbrough last season, where he was part of the team that lost in the Play-Off Final, which ironically was a 2-0 defeat against Norwich.

The Canaries, who have been the busiest club in the Premier League in this January transfer window having made five signings, are keen to bring in the youngster, who had originally said that he wanted to fight for a place at Stamford Bridge.

Bamford is however said to be keen on a loan move, although Norwich want a permanent deal.

As a compromise, Norwich will put a buy-back clause in Bamford’s contract, should the deal go through.

 

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Matic

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is reportedly considering his future at Stamford Bridge following his poor showings this season. 

The Serbian is one of a number of Blues stars who are reportedly considering moves away, after a diabolical first half of the season saw many Chelsea players criticised for their lacklustre showings.

Matic himself was heavily criticised by former boss Jose Mourinho earlier this season, and was substituted early in the second half last week in the 3-3 draw against Everton.

The 27-year old has, according to teammates, already decided that a move away is the best option to correct his form but this may change based on who becomes the next permanent Chelsea boss.

Matic, who signed from Benfica in 2013, has also had competition from John Obi Mikel for his position in recent weeks.

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Primus (right) in action for England Under 19's against Portugal

Chelsea Ladies midfielder Atlanta Primus has joined WSL2 side Yeovil Ladies.

The England U19 midfielder has moved for an undisclosed fee, and will join her new teammates ahead of the Glovers’ SSE FA Women’s Cup tie against either Bradford City or Huddersfield Town on 7th February.

“I have been aware of Atlanta and her talent for a number of years and have watched her progress with great interest,” Yeovil boss Jamie Sherwood said.

“I initially tried to sign Atlanta on loan last season but to no avail, so to sign her permanently I feel is very exciting.”

Following the announcement, Primus said:

“I can’t wait to get started with the new season. 

“I’m certain that Yeovil will help grow and develop me to become a better player. I’m relishing the opportunity to play first team football and looking forward to helping the team push for promotion.

“I’m grateful for my time at Chelsea but now I’m excited to start a new chapter and looking forward to a new challenge.

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Ahead of Chelsea’s game against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (16:00 GMT KO), we take a look at the odds on offer.

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L) and Coral (C), correct as of 22nd January. 

 

Full-time score:

Arsenal win: SB – 21/20, L – EVENS, C – 21/20

Draw: SB – 5/2, L –12/5, C – 5/2

Chelsea win: SB – 5/2, L – 13/5, C – 14/5

 

First goalscorer:

Olivier Giroud: SB – 5/1, L – 9/2, C – 9/2

Alexis Sanchez: SB – 6/1, L – 11/2, C – 11/2

Mesut Ozil: SB – 8/1, L – 8/1, C – 8/1

Theo Walcott: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1, C – 6/1

Aaron Ramsey: SB – 8/1, L – 8/1, C – 15/2

No goalscorer: SB – 11/1, L – 8/1, C – 8/1

Eden Hazard: SB – 8/1, L – 8/1 C – 13/2

Oscar: SB – 9/1, L – 9/1, C – 7/1

Pedro: SB – 17/2, L – 10/1, C – 9/1

Diego Costa: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1, C – 5/1

Willian: SB – 10/1, L – 10/1, C – 10/1

 

Final Score:

Arsenal win:

1-0: SB – 7/1, L – 13/2, C – 13/2

2-0: SB – 9/1, L – 17/2, C – 9/1

2-1: SB – 15/2, L – 15/2, C – 15/2

3-0: SB – 16/1, L – 16/1, C – 18/1

3-1: SB – 14/1, L – 14/1, C – 16/1

Draw:

0-0: SB – 11/1, L – 9/1, C – 9/1

1-1: SB – 5/1, L – 11/2, C – 11/2

2-2: SB – 12/1, L – 12/1, C – 12/1

3-3: SB – 50/1, L – 50/1, C – 50/1

4-4: SB – 250/1, L – 225/1, C – 150/1

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 10/1, L – 9/1, C – 10/1

2-0: SB – 18/1, L – 18/1, C – 20/1

2-1: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, C – 11/1

3-0: SB – 40/1, L – 40/1, C – 50/1

3-1: SB – 28/1, L – 28/1, C – 28/1

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