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Guus Hiddink is looking for his side to bounce back from two consecutive draws as Chelsea take on Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday (16:00 GMT KO).

The Blues scrapped a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw last weekend, meaning both sides are now without a win in two games.

The Gunners currently sit top of the table on goal difference, having lost just four of their 22 games all season in the league.

Earlier this season at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea won a feisty encounter 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Kurt Zouma and an own goal from Calum Chambers, although Gabriel and Santi Carzola were both dismissed by referee Mike Dean. Chelsea striker Diego Costa was retrospectively banned after an incident involving Laurent Koscielny.


Last six games:

Arsenal: LWWWDD (includes one FA Cup game).

Chelsea: DDWWDD (includes one FA Cup game).


Team News:

– Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are both fit to play.

– However, Francis Coquelin is still out.

– Eden Hazard may feature following his return to training after a groin injury.

– Diego Costa is expected to be fit despite suffering a bruised shin against Everton.



– Chelsea are unbeaten in eight league meetings since Arsenal won 5-3 in October 2011 (W5, D3).

– Three out of the last four PL meetings have ended as 0-0 draws.

– Arsene Wenger’s side are unbeaten at home in the last nine games.

– Mesut Ozil has grabbed a league-high 16 assists this season – but has failed to score or assist in seven games against Chelsea.

– Guus Hiddink’s side are on the longest current unbeaten run in the Premier League (W2, D4).

– However, if Chelsea fail to win they will set a new record for fewest points by a reigning champion after 23 Premier League matches.


Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Arsenal (away vs. Stoke, drew 0-0): Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Campbell, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Giroud.

Chelsea (home vs. Everton, drew 3-3): Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Willian, Mikel, Fabregas, Pedro, Costa.

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A Brazilian journalist has said that Chelsea’s move for Alexandre Pato is not as close as originally reported, and that no formal offer has been made. 

Several British publications claimed that the Blues were close to signing Pato, but Paulo Vinícius Coelho has claimed that a deal isn’t close, having spoken to the 26-year old’s agent, Gilmar Veloz.

In an interview with Coelho, Veloz said:

We are working to have an offer. It still hasn’t come to Corinthians.”

Veloz also said that the January window is “very limited”, thus making a deal for his client particularly difficult.

Coelho also asked the agent to name the possible detsinations for Pato, and Veloz stated: “Chelsea, Liverpool, Sporting, and Benfica. The four have a chance.”

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Diego Costa was a key-player for Chelsea in the last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Atletico Madrid chief executive Andrea Berta has flown into London to discuss deals for Chelsea pair Diego Costa and Pedro.

Madrid are said to be keen on bringing Costa back to the Vincente Calderon, with the Spaniard having struggled to recreate the form he showed last season.

However, his form has rapidly improved since the appointment of Guus Hiddink as manager.

Pedro too has thus far failed to live up to his £21 million price tag which Chelsea paid for him last summer.

It is believed Chelsea are willing to sell the Spaniard should a buyer be found.

Spanish publication Fichajes has claimed that Berta is looking to negotiate a swap deal, with Atletico attacker Jackson Martinez going to Chelsea having also struggled to find form since his move from Porto last year.

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Petr Cech can leave Chelsea after eleven years this summer

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has said that recovering from his head injury sustained in 2006 was the toughest challenge of his career. 

The Czech suffered a fractured skull in a game away to Reading, as Steven Hunt’s knee collided with Cech’s head as both players chased a through ball.

The 33-year old, who moved to London rivals Arsenal last summer, was out for three months with what was described by doctors as a “life-threatening” injury.

However, speaking to Arsenal Player, Cech has said that the injury was a huge challenge, with the shotstopper still having to wear his protective helmet:

“There were a lot of people saying it was probably the end and that I would not play again,” he said.

“You get so many people telling you that you should take time, you should take the whole year off and build up slowly to get back; I wanted to get back playing as this is what I enjoy the most and it was a challenge to prove to everyone that I don’t need a whole year.

“It was a massive challenge for me because there were days when you just feel like it will never happen, it’s not going well, you don’t feel well and you think, ‘OK, what am I going to do.’

“But then you had days where all the positive things came back and I was really happy with the way I did it. I enjoyed the rest of the season when I came back because it was kind of a bonus.

“Nobody expected me to play so I really enjoyed that because I played with less pressure as I was appreciating the fact that I was back.”

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Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji has completed a loan move to German side Werder Bremen.

The deal sees the Senegalese move to the Bundesliga until the end of the season.

Djilobodji moved to Stamford Bridge late last summer for £4 million from French side FC Nantes, but has played just a minute of football – a Capital One Cup substitute appearance against Walsall.

Bremen currently sit third-bottom in the Bundesliga.

It is unknown if this loan will lead to a permanent move.


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The Metro have claimed that Chelsea are willing to accept offers for midfielder Eden Hazard in the summer, as long as they meet the £61.5 million price tag on the Belgian.

French side PSG and Spanish side Real Madrid are both reportedly interested in Hazard, despite him having struggled to recreate the form he showed last season as Chelsea won the title. He has yet to find the net this season.

Hazard is reportedly keen on a move away from Stamford Bridge, but wants to wait until the summer.

Buzzfeed have also reported that Chelsea are keen to do business, and have put a price of £61.5 million on Hazard, who won the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards last season.

It is unclear if any firm contact has been made, or indeed if Hazard has any preference as to where he will go next, if he moves at all.

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Reports in the Daily Star have claimed that Chelsea are chasing Watford striker Odion Ighalo, amidst rumours that strikers Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao will leave in the summer. 

The Nigerian scored 30 goals in 2015 – the most of any striker in the top four divisions of English football, 13 of which have come in 23 Premier League games this season.

Italian side Roma, Spanish side Atletico Madrid and Premier League rivals Arsenal have all registered their interest in Ighalo, although Watford have ruled out a deal for their striker in the January window.

Ighalo himself has said he is happy to stay at Vicarage Road, and signed a new five-year deal with the club in September, but has previously said that a move to Manchester United would be a “dream.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea are set to allow Remy to leave the club, the Frenchman having attracted interest from a host of Premier League clubs. Falcao meanwhile is nursing a groin injury, with parent club Monaco reportedly set to take the Colombian striker.


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Chelsea have completed their fourth signing of the close season after they announced the signing of Doncaster Belles striker Bethany England.

England follows the signings of striker Karen Carney and goalkeeper Becky Spencer from Birmingham and midfielder Jade Bailey from Arsenal.

21-year old England was a key player for Doncaster last season as they were promoted to the WSL1, scoring 14 goals.

England, who has competed at U23 level for her country, said: “I feel I am at the stage in my career to test myself at a higher level.”


England will be reunited with Chelsea assistant manager Paul Green, who signed her during his time at Doncaster.

“Beth is a great character and a young player who is hungry to develop and improve her game,” said Green.


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Chelsea are to face MK Dons in the fourth round of the FA Cup after the Dons knocked out Northampton Town in a third round replay last night.

It took until the second half for the Championship strugglers to open the scoring against their League 2 opponents, but penalties from Ben Reeves and Simon Church either side of Josh Murphy’s strike secured a comfortable win at the Stadium MK.

The two sides originally drew 2-2 at Sixfields earlier this month.

Chelsea won their third round tie 2-0 against League 1 side Scunthorpe United, thanks to goals from Diego Costa and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The Dons will now face Guus Hiddink’s side on Sunday 31st January at the Stadium MK in the fourth round, kicking off at 16:00 GMT.

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Diego Costa was top scorer for Chelsea last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is tempted by Paris Saint Germain.

The Blues next rival in the Champions League will probably look for a top striker in next summer transfer window as Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to live as a free agent – probably for a Premier League side- and Edinson Cavani seems to be close to reach a deal with Juventus.

PSG are also tracking Romelu Lukaku and Gonzalo Higuain, but the French side would be ready to pay £30m to sign last season Chelsea top scorer.


It seems Real Madrid want to sign Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso during the next summer transfer window, but now according to reports by Don Balon and The Daily Star another Spanish big team...