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As Chelsea look to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Everton, we preview their game against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (12:45 GMT KO).

The Blues will want to get their thus-far disastrous season back on track in the heavyweight London clash, having gained just four points out of the first five games – they sit one place above the relegation zone.

The Gunners however will be no pushover, having lost only one of their Premier League games this season and also having beaten Chelsea in the Community Shield Final at the start of August.

Last six games*:

Chelsea: DLWLLW

Arsenal: LWDWWL

*The last game for both teams was the first game of the Champions League Group Stage.

Team News:

– Willian is out after picking up a hamstring strain in midweek.

– Radamel Falcao and Oscar are doubts with knee complaints.

– Pedro is also a possible doubt with a thigh strain.

– Petr Cech is expected to return to the Arsenal side after being rested in the 2-1 Champions League defeat to Dynamo Zagreb on Wednesday night.

– Per Mertesacker could return after missing the last four games due to a virus.


– Chelsea have made their worst start to a season in 20 years.

– Arsene Wenger has only won one of 14 meetings with Jose Mourinho (D6 L7) – that came earlier this year in the Community Shield Final.

– The Blues are unbeaten in seven league meetings with Arsenal.

– Mourinho has never lost three consecutive league games as Chelsea manager – the club hasn’t done it since 1999.

– It’s their worst start to a season since 1986 – they had three points after five games that year.

– The Gunners have won seven and drawn one of their last eight Premier League away matches.

– Petr Cech only needs four more Premier League clean sheets to equal the competition record of 169.

– Theo Walcott has scored 11 goals in his last 11 starts in the Premier League.


Starting XI last time out (Premier League):

Chelsea (away vs. Everton, lost 3-1): Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Mikel; Fabregas; Pedro, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Arsenal (home vs. Stoke, won 2-0): Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Cazorla, Coquelin; Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez; Walcott.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has promised, that Ruben Loftus-Cheek will get more opportunities to play for the Blues. The 19-year-old has impressed the Special One with his performance in the Champions League game against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

Mourinho said :

“I think he’s in the condition to compete with the other players for positions, for opportunities, for minutes, but he’s getting minutes,”

“He’s potentially a very good player. But you have to feed these young players, and you have to choose the right moment.”

“But the reality is that his evolution is important and good.”

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Petr Cech will go back tomorrow to Stamford Bridge after he moved to Arsenal last summer after eleven years at Chelsea.

It will be a particular day for the Czech goalkeeper, that will reunite with many people he worked with for many years and will be a rival for the first time in his old stadium that gave him many good memories.

Blues boss José Mourinho stressed that Cech will be welcome at the stadium and in the Chelsea dressing room:

“To meet Cech before or after the game wouldn’t be same to meet other players, of course…during the game nothing changes, he’s the  Arsenal goalkeeper, we are professionals…when the game ends if he wants to come to our dressing room, he’s more than welcome”

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Arsenal manager has urged everybody to focus on tomorrow’s match rather than on his relationship with Jose Mourinho.

Besides the victory in the Community Shield, Arsene Wenger has failed in 10 attempts to beat Jose Mourinho in the league. That is why, the Gunners hopes for their first Premier League win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

It is no secret that both coaches do not feel a great sympathy to each others. But, Arsenal coach has urged everybody to focus on what happens on the pitch rather than what occurs between both of them.

Wenger said :

“Realistically people come to watch football and all the rest is a little bit secondary,”

”What is important is the quality of what we will see tomorrow morning at 12:45 and you want people to focus on that.”

“I focus on what I love which is football. I respect everybody in the job and all the rest honestly does not concern me much.”

“No special relationship [with Mourinho] is of my worry, all I worry about is our performance tomorrow.”

“We must be well organised defensively and ready to take every situation and opportunity to attack and play our game.”

“The players have a good, strong mentality and good attitude and they want to put things right of course.”

The French manager has admitted, that it is way too early to speculate about Chelsea future :

“It is far too early to judge Chelsea at the moment but I want for us to do well tomorrow as for me playing against Chelsea is a big game,”

“Let’s not forget it’s the start of the season and only five games have been played. ”“For us it’s a big game and we know our position at the end of the season will depend on how well we do in the big games. ”

“I do not think too much about where Chelsea stand in the league at the moment. I focus more on us performing well with full power tomorrow.”

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Brazilian midfielder Oscar © Francesca Ceciarini

During his press conference in the eve of Chelsea v Arsenal José Mourinho revealed that the only player who will be out of the selected squad for sure is Willian, besides long-time-injured Thibaut Courtois.

Pedro, Falcao and Oscar will have all an option to be part of the starters or substitutes tomorrow in the derby against the Gunners.

I don’t have many many news I selected every player, because we have doubts,stated the Chelsea boss.

During the warm-up many players had some bad feeling, Willian is not even an option, but Pedro, Falcao and Oscar can be.”

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Jose Mourinho has praised his ace Eden Hazard, calling him the currently best player in England despite his poor start to the Chelsea’s campaign. 

The Belgium international has a difficult start to the season. Criticism has intensified even more when he missed a penalty in the match against Maccabi Tel-Aviv on Wednesday.  Even so, the Portuguese coach has no doubt, that Chelsea winger is currently the best player in England.

Mourinho told Goal.com :

“He’s the best player in England,”

“It’s not because Rooney doesn’t score goals for three weeks that he’s not a fantastic player. Eden is the best player in this country.”

“It’s not because a bad performance or a penalty missed, or nor scoring goals for three of four weeks. He’s the best.”

“He’ll be the best again. I don’t know if it’s tomorrow or next week but one of these days he’s man of the match.”


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Arsene Wenger ensures, that Arsenal overcame a mental block when they beat Chelsea in the Community Shield last month. The French manager hopes to repeat the victory tomorrow at Stamford Bridge.

During the pre-game press conference , Wenger said :

“It can sometimes be a mental block for the players or the team when they do not win against certain teams,”

“On that front it was good [to win the Community Shield].”

“What you expect from these kinds of games is [that they are] always high intensity, full commitment and of course you want to prepare for that and play with a full focus.”

“For us it’s a big game. Let’s not forget it’s the start of the season and only five games have been played. We know our position at the end of the season will depend on how well we do in the big games.”

“I do not think too much about where Chelsea stand in the league at the moment. I focus more on us performing well, with full power.”

Asked about the pressure that Jose Mourinho can might be feeling after Chelsea’s poor start to the season, he said :

“These are very difficult situations to assess,”

“There are always periods where things don’t go as well. We are used to dealing with that. It is less enjoyable when it doesn’t go well of course but I think everybody who has stayed a long time in the game knows that.”

He also referred to Petr Cech’s comeback at Stamford Bridge :

“It is always difficult to go back to your club and play but I believe that he has fortunately handled that this season, [and] that is why I decided to play him as well in the Community Shield. It is the first step that is important and he has dealt very well with it.”


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Jose Mourinho press conference ahead of Arsenal:

I don’t have many many news I selected every player, because we have doubts, during the warm-up many players had some bad feeling, Willian is not even an option, but Pedro, Falcao and Oscar can be”

“Ivanovic? I never spoke about him, I don’t want to analyse or isolate any player in public”

“Nor me either the club gave any info about him”

“The quality of the training sessions was always the same in the past weeks: same quality, intensity, professionalism…of course you could see some bad faces, I guess is normal”

“Two seasons ago we won every match against the champions, but then we didn’t win anything…to win [tomorrow] is good, but it’s not crucial”

“Tomorrow doesn’t matter our fantastic record against Arsenal, it’s a match that I want to isolate from every possible context: it’s a Chelsea v Arsenal, and I want to win it”

“It’s important to win because is a match: in this moment if you look at the table and see where we are, especially in relation to the top of the league, we’re not happy, we have many games in this period in different competitions, and this help us to focus just match to match on one game”

“To meet Cech before or after the game wouldn’t be same to meet other players, of course…during the game nothing changes, he’s Arsenal goalkeeper, when the game ends if he wants to come to our dressing room, he’s more than welcome”

“I think in everything you do in life you need confidence to be better, and when in football you lose matches you’re affected, when you browse the internet and find everywhere a dramatic story like fights, Diego Costa and Terry fighting, and even a translator was brought to help them to understand each other during the fight…Mourinho doesn’t want to renew to Terry…Mourinho wants to replace Ivanovic…this is all the drama you can read…of course when you lose a match you’re affected, you lose confidence, but then you have to be strong to cope with it, and with Maccabi we were strong from the beginning, we missed the penalty after five minutes and we had a fantastic reaction, so for us that victory is very important, now I won’t say that we will win 15 matches in a row, but people now is more relaxed and it’s important”

“I’m not going to tell you if Terry will start or not, against Maccabi he was on the bench, and even there he was a captain”

“I don’t understand why both Chelsea and Arsenal played on Wednesday and we play on Saturday and not Sunday, but this is an old story”

“We go a game at the time, we want to win, doesn’t matter where we are”

“The confidence cannot change the philosophy, so if you think one match at the time, we think just in Arsenal and nothing more”

“Against Maccabi a result came, luck didn’t”

“The fact that Hazard was not performing very well or missed a penalty and those things doesn’t change the fact that he is the best player in this country”

“Terry last year played every match, the season before almost, the season before very few…what does it change now? he’s still one of my men, I trust him”

“Gerrard is a wonderful player, but as a pundit he said something that is not true, I have a good relationship with all of my players…You can try to find many reasons for bad results, but problems between me and my players, zero”

“The penalty that Hazard missed? Maybe he had some agreement with some sponsor to promote rugby world cup [laughs] he’s still the best penalty taker in the country, but anyway in the PL he doesn’t have many chance to take penalties”

“The time of the kick off? Doesn’t matter, but I like it, you wake up, go and play: I prefer that than waiting for the game the whole day, as I did in Spain or Italy, I prefer early kick-off”

“Oscar is a good player and when the team has the ball, especially when the team has the ball, he’s very important because he’s creative, and in some moments you need that creation, especially in matches when the opponents have a defensive approach, it’s good to have players like him”

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho won’t be charged by the FA for the Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn’s case.

Mourinho was accused of “abusive and sexist” language after a video emerged about his rant against the doctor and the physio while they were attending Eden Hazard on the pitch against Swansea in the first Premier League game of the season.

The FA are still studying video evidence of the incident, but as Standard Sport reports and understands it is highly unlikely that Mourinho will have a case to answer.

Both Carneiro and Fearn were demoted from first-team duties after the match and the doctor has not been to work since being told she would not be required on the bench at games and would no longer travel with the team. It has been reported that she is considering legal action.

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Legendary Arsenal player Martin Keown says, that Saturday clash between Chelsea and Arsenal will be vital for both teams. Jose Mourinho must win to return to the Premier League race while Wenger needs to forget about the shocking defeat against Dinamo Zagreb.

Former Arsenal midfielder has no doubts, that both teams will do everything possible to win Saturday’s clash at Stamford Bridge. As both teams are yet to find their best form this season.

Keown told Daily Mail :

”Both teams’ confidence is brittle going into this,”

“Chelsea will feel that they are bouncing back – suddenly this has become a different game for Arsenal.”

“It’s then how they apply themselves. They got a drubbing in early kick-offs at Anfield and Chelsea, and there can’t be any hangover even though they’ll come back late from Zagreb.”

“Mourinho’s team will start like a house on fire. Victory rescues their season. ”

“Arsenal don’t want Mourinho talking afterwards about how special he is again and how Arsenal have failed again.”

“Wenger needs to create that urgency that their season hinges on this match.”



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