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In the last few days Petr Cech not only expressed his frustation on how goalkeepers are selected to play games in different competition at Arsenal, but also he revealed this process was better when he played for Chelsea.

At Chelsea we never decided which competition you play, it was a game by game process.” Cech said as a guest on BBC’s Match of the Day. “If you kept playing well then you were fit and you didn’t need rest then the manager had his choice to pick the goalkeeper for the competitions. Sometimes I would sit a game out or be on the bench but it would not be decided, ‘You play this competition, you play this competition’. I enjoyed that because I love this competition for example, to be involved and play FA Cup games. Any other competition makes it a bit more spicy and special”.

At Arsenal and with Arsene Wengerthings, however, are different: “I had known prior to the season that David would play the FA Cup games. Obviously I would love to play the competition as well but you have to respect the manager’s decisions.” Cech went on. “I ended up playing the quarter-final and semi-final [last season], but then I didn’t play the final so I had some part in the process. It’s about respecting your colleague and your coach’s decision. Obviously you can tell you would prefer the other way but it’s the decision of the coach.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that winger Pedro has suffered multiple fractures following the clash between him and Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina in China.

The Spaniard will wear a protective mask, as Conte claimed: “The situation was more serious. I hoped it would be only concussion. He had multiple fractures but I think with a mask in 10 days he could come back to work with us.”

When asked about Arsenal goalkeeper Ospina, Conte added: “I was a player and I know these type of accidents can happen. Ospina tried to take the ball”.

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Pedro suffered a concussion and facial injury following his clash with Arsenal goalkeeper Ospina and will travel back to London as he will undergo further review, according to Chelsea’s official website.

A statement read: “Pedro stayed in hospital overnight in Beijing for observation having sustained a concussion and facial injuries in last night’s game against Arsenal.

He will now return to London for further review”.

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Cech left Chelsea last summer after eleven years and many trohpies

Instead of being harassed by questions regarding the demolition of  Aston Villa in the FA Cup final, Arsene Wenger was asked about the potential signing he would make this summer and he said:

““People forget that for years we had to sell our best players, people forget that. It was a very difficult period for us.That is the reality. Since we start to buy again we improve. “People start talking about stratospheric numbers. We will not be in that market for financial reasons.

“I have not made a clear decision of what I will do, but don’t rule anything out or tell you how much we spend.

However when asked about Petr Cech, his ton completely changed and he added:

“If you look at the stats, Ospina is the best goalkeeper in the league. You might not share that opinion, but in the mathematics he is.

“I don’t know what is happening with Petr Cech, we have just won the cup and so I can’t come out and say anything straight after.You will see what we will do by the end of the transfer window”


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Cech left Chelsea last summer after eleven years and many trohpies

After a tricky season under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, with Belgian youngster Thibaut Courtois now recognised as the club’s No.1. Petr Cech would think about a move this summer in a team that can assure him more involvement, and surprisingly Arsenal stand a great chance to sign the expert goalkeeper.

Arsenal two David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny are talented ‘keepers, but they’re not of the same class as Petr Cech. And for the ‘helmeted goalkeeper’ would be a perfect balance of playing more regularly and keep being part of one of the best team in Premier and Europe in general.

At 32 he still have 5/6 years of performances at the top considering the longer football life of goalkeepers. Arsenal would have the chance to make a big step in order of safety in his defence side and Chelsea could give a young rising star the opportunity to grow faster.

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The collision between Oscar and Ospina during Arsenal v Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder Oscar was hospitalized today for suspected concussion.

The Brazilian player suffered a frightening collision during the game at Emirates this evening with Arsenal goalkeeper Daniel Ospina: the referee refused to whistle a penalty kick for Chelsea, as Oscar laid down on the pitch half conscious.

He was attended by Chelsea medical staff, who authorized him to play all the rest of the first half ( we were in minute 16′) due to the new protocol that was established in the beginning of this year – Club doctor got the power to decide whether a player who sustains a head injury is capable of returning. Previously, team management made that decision. A player who injures his head also now must leave the field before any evaluation is made.

At half time Drogba replaced Oscar, who went to the hospital to undergo some exams.

Mourinho admitted at the end of the game: “He went for a scan because we were a little scared” and then he declared that they still haven’t known if there was any update.

We will do our best to update you on the situation in the next hours.


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Chelsea legend and captain John Terry © Francesca Ceciarini

Courtois: 7 – Had very few big saves to make but was there when the team needed him.

Azpilicueta: 8 – A good game overall, was very rarely found out at left back.

Terry: 8.5 – A brilliant display from the Chelsea captain, gave the Arsenal attack no space and organised his defence brilliantly when it was under intense pressure. Man of the Match.

Cahill: 8 – Improving as the season draws to a close, played well.

Ivanovic: 7.5 – Gave away a couple of fouls when up against Alexis Sanchez but nothing that cost the team.

Matic: 7.5 – Another solid display, barely put a foot wrong.

Fabregas: 7.5 – Played well and made a number of very good passes, particularly for Oscar early on. Unlucky to be booked for diving when he was tripped in the area.

Ramires: 7.5 – Missed a great chance in the first half. Probably Chelsea’s most ambitious midfielder.

Oscar: 7 – Should have been awarded a penalty when he beat Ospina to the ball. Taken off at half-time.

Willian: 7.5 – A good, industrious performance.

Hazard: 7.5 – Worked very hard to get back and defend when not without the ball, held the ball up well when he had it and generally did well in a rare start as a lone striker.



Drogba: 7 – Brought on at half-time and worked hard without threatening.

Zouma: N/A – Brought on very late on.

Cuadrado: N/A – The same as above.



Jose Mourinho: 8.5 – Prepared his team very well in setting up not to lose. Playing Hazard up front was probably the best option without Costa and Remy available. He probably brought on Drogba too early but this might have been because of the knock Oscar took from Ospina.


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...