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Thibaut Courtois speaks ahead of the Fa Cup final vs Arsenal: Chelsea goalkeeper remembers the 3-0 loss at Emirates Stadium and recognises that, from that day, things have been very different at Stamford Bridge.

“Yes. We know that game against Arsenal in September was bad”. – Courtois explains – We lost 3-0 that day and we obviously don’t want to lose against them again now. It was a wake-up call for us back then that we couldn’t allow what happened the previous year to happen again. We know as a team that we are stronger than Arsenal and are confident, but we can’t underestimate them or think we will win it easily.”

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The Fa Cup final on Saturday at Wembley will give Chelsea the chance not only to complete the Double, but also to revenge their 3-0 loss at Emirates Stadium last September.

“We still think about it”, – Victor Moses said. – “We lost two games in a row then, against Liverpool and Arsenal. We felt very sad after that game. They beat us at the Emirates but we switched to 3-4-3, which is the manager’s favourite formation, and it’s worked for us this season. Teams are finding it very hard to break us down. We’ve got the league title and they’re going to want to win because they missed out on the top four. We’re going to try and stop them because we want the Double”.

 

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Arsenal manager ARSENE WENGER speaks out about the loan system

Chelsea football club with thirty players on loan currently have been heavily criticised by the Arsenal manager this week as he spoke on the Arsenal website. WENGER says said that the whole loan system which involves players with talent not playing at their clubs at such a youthful age should be “looked at again”. ARSENE WENGER expressed that he thinks the loan system is “one of the biggest problems in the modern game”.

WENGER said: “The way a youth team is organised now is that all the best young players go to the richest clubs, which is where they have fewer chances to develop, so you have to make sure the system shares out the best young players equally.

“It’s difficult because the development of the players depends on the concentration of the good players.

“The more good players you have together, the more chance they have of becoming even better players.”

Chelsea manager ANTONIO CONTE has indeed made good use of young developed energetic players seen to have distinct talent, such us the likes of VICTOR MOSES and has been rumoured to be looking to buy more players despite having young talented players on loan. While WENGER believes there can be improvements to the loan system in the future, Chelsea who are on top as the year ends may still be looking to buy further players with money that Arsenal may not be willing to spend.

One of the highly talented players developed in his young age at Arsenal is CESC FABREGAS. After going away from  the Emirates to his homeland of Spain for a time and then trying to return to Arsenal but rejected by WENGER, FABREGAS could be a title winner at the cost of Arsenal. FABREGAS is a high flying midfielder constantly adding to the attacking new formation of ANTONIO CONTE whilst ARSENE WENGER as usual comes up to a season period where he has to consider spending money or getting players from the January possibility of loans. The loan system WENGER is not happy with can help his team as Chelsea at present are flying high despite having thirty players on loan this season.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte gave an injury update ahead of the clash against Arsenal.

The Blues are set to face the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday and the manager is confident that his squad can overpass the last disappointing home defeat to Liverpool.

When asked if captain John Terry is fully fit for the game or if was anybody else missing Arsenal clash, Conte said: “John Terry did the best to recover but he didn’t recover for the game against Arsenal, is still working a lot but needs time.”

“I don’t know when he will be fit, in this case is important both what the player feels and the pain that he feels”.

It is understood Terry wants to play every gamem but this won’t be a problem for the Italian manager, as he confirmed: “It’s normality, in the team we have 3 central defenders so I have to make a choice, but I think is normal when you are a team like Chelsea. I don’t see any problem”.

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After Chelsea’s much needed away win against Arsenal yesterday, Branislav Ivanovic spoke about Diego Costa’s influence in the game, saying he was “dominant”.

“Today Costa was dominant mentally against the Arsenal defenders because every time he made a difference they started provoking him, and when they started kicking him, he was calm, which is good”.

Costa, the Chelsea front man, can be known to ‘lose’ his head in the big games and allow the opponent to frustrate him. Yesterday he showed great composure and fantastic desire to win the game.

Chelsea won the game 1-0 after Arsenal centre-back Per Mertersacker was shown a red card in the 18th minute and Costa capitalised with a goal in the 23rd. A fantastic result and something the Chelsea supporters will be hoping the Blues can build on.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said that Per Mertesacker’s dismissal changed the game as his side lost 0-1 against Chelsea. 

The Gunners lost the chance to go top of the table, with Mertesacker dismissed after 18 minutes for a last man tackle on Diego Costa.

Five minutes later, the Chelsea striker turned in Branislav Ivanovic’s cross to score the winner.

On Mertesacker red card:

I think it was quick and harsh, but I have to watch it again. What can I change? It doesn’t change anything. The referee made the decision and we have to get on with it. I didn’t speak to Per Mertesacker [about it].

Asked if there was contact with Diego Costa:

We have 35 journalists here, I am sure you have all seen it again and analysed it and know much more about that situation that I do. I can’t comment because I didn’t know if Costa was offside or not or if Per touched him or not. I don’t know. It was of course frustrating but it is a decision and we had to get on with our job, which we did.

On Arsenal performance:

“The team [after the red card] was focused and fought until the last second. Despite the disappointing result, we should have even more belief in ourselves after the game, when I see how it went.

On Giroud‘s substitution:

“You want to make a poll for every decision to see who does what? I made the decision and for me it was quite normal. We had to go for long distances and we needed pace to go from one goal to the other. We knew we had to drop deeper and use pace to get forward.

Again, he spoke about Costa’s role in Mertesacker’s red card:

“You want me to say things I am not interested in. I said Costa got two of our players sent off in the last two games against Chelsea. Those are facts. Was the decision right or wrong, I don’t know but those are facts. Without accusing him of anything.

On Walcott’s captaincy, that probably was a distraction to him

“No, you can find many reasons but you never really know. We are frustrated after the game because we could not play with our real assets. I don’t think that is down to Mertesacker giving the captaincy to Walcott.

On whether Giroud was fit:

“I think yes, but it was a bit in my mind if he gets injured, with his ankle, he was a doubt, he didn’t practice yesterday and today we declared him fit. It was on my mind. But I had to change a player and I thought that was the most rational decision with all the factors.

On Alexis Sanchez’s performance:

“He came on quite well. It took him a while to get into the game but in the last 20 minutes he was sharp.

On the recent record against Chelsea…

Today was a special game. We were down to 10 men and we were 1-0 down straight away. Normally you lose a game like that 3-0 or 4-0 when you have to chase it – there is nothing more dangerous when you are down to 10 men. Overall we come out with a lot of regrets because we couldn’t play with our team and looking at Chelsea today there wa s a lot of room to beat them if we had 11 players.

On the disciplinary record against Chelsea…

“I would not compare today’s situation [with last time]. It was not a confrontational situation like at Chelsea, it was a fact of the game and the decision of the referee. I don’t think it was linked with bad behaviour or attitude.

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A huge boost for Chelsea today, beating Arsenal 1-0 away from home at the Emirates Stadium. Guus Hiddink had plenty to say in his post match interview.

I’m proud of the guys who performed as they did. We had a good first half, we played well.

He spoke about Diego Costa in particular.

He’s focusing on his first job that he is good at. We had conversations, don’t waste any energy, you need to put it where you are good at and he’s focusing on that and finally it paid off.

The Blues boss then went on to discuss whether the title race in still in contention for his side.

“If we stay unbeaten then its a positive but its a big gap. A big gap, the team knows that it’s big gap but I want to see the ambition of the team always there.”

A very pleased Guus Hiddink talking about his teams win today but trying to take it step by step and not look too far into the future as far as challenging for the title is concerned.

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A disappointed Arsene Wenger spoke after the 1-0 loss his team suffered at the hands of Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.

“It’s a shame to put such an energy level into a game and come out without a point.

“Overall I felt that we gave absolutely everything until the end and we should come out of the game with at least a 1-1, even down to 10 men. Many opportunities, maybe not clear cut but you think one of them you should take.

“Of course, we had a mountain to climb with 10 men but even then I believe there was enough to come out with 1-1.”

Clearly not happy with the result of the game and wanted more from his players and the chances they had.

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JOHN TERRY
Chelsea captain John Terry can end his adventure with the Blues at the end of the season © Francesca Ceciarini

After the win against Arsenal at the Emirates Chelsea captain John Terry is still confident the team can reach the fourth spot, the last one that allows play the Champions League next year:

I think anything is [doable],” he said to Sky Sports.

“The results, everyone is beating everyone. There are surprises every week still. It’s a tough league this year. 

“If we can put a good run of games together and continue playing like we have done and continue showing the fighting spirit, we’ve got a good chance. We’re not writing anything off. We’ll keep fighting in the league until there are no points to play for.”

 

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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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