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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 managed to maintain their unbeaten record under Guus Hiddink with a London derby win at the Emirates. After a lively opening 15 minutes in which Chelsea looked largely on top without any real clear chances. Until the 18th minute when Willian played a delightful through ball for Diego Costa to latch on to, only for Per Mertesacker to slide in and catch Costa. And deemed as last man, Mark Clattenburg had no choice but to show him the red card.

In a more advanced role Cesc Fabregas pulled the strings from midfield making a big influence on the whole of the first half, and just 5 minutes after the Mertesacker sending off the Chelsea pressure told. With the ball falling to Ivanovic wide right, he whips the ball across goal for Costa to place it past former Blue Petr Cech. Costa soon after had another great chance in the first half but couldn’t get the better of Cech for the second time. This was closely followed by an Ivanovic header that was cleared off the line.

The second half proved largely cagey, with no clear cut chances. Whilst Arsenal battled back into the game and the entrance of Alexis Sanchez really spurred on the home side with his burst of pace from the midfield which caused a few edgy moments in the Chelsea box. Although Cesc Fabregas had a huge penalty shout turned down when he was barged aside by Laurent Koscielny.

But the Blues held on for a well deserved victory over their London rivals and puts them in a good position moving forward, while still searching for that vital top four spot.

 

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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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Wenger

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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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.

 

Statistics:

– 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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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of Arsenal clash at the Emirates ( 22 January 2016):

“Hazard was in the team this week, he worked well with the physios, yesterday and today he full trained with the group, so he’s available”

“Diego Costa was in the training yesterday and today so he will be available as well”

“I don’t think so much in the past, this is a huge game and like every game in England it will be intense”

“Being unbeaten since I arrived doesn’t mean that in some days we have to be unconsistent”

“We don’t talk too much about our position in the table, but if you see the statistics is true that we are closer to relegation spots than Champions League spots: we don’t have to look down, but up”

“Arsenal is doing very well in the league, Chelsea are down under, in this moment is reality”

“I said last week that the more open the window is, the more my mouth will be shut”

“In football if you don’t defend well, not just in the back but also up front, then you are caught. If you don’t work also in the midfield or forward, then come the problems”

“We practice corners and other things, but sometimes we look like paralised, so we don’t have to repeat mistakes”

“Arsenal got a very good selection of players in their squad, not just the top players, so also if they had many injuries I am not surprised of their position in the league”

“I’m convinced that the team will give everything on Sunday to get a result, but of course it will be a little different than in the past”

“On Diego: first of all a player must bring the quality, and sometimes they need a little help to do that”

“Ivanovic is very important for Chelsea, he is one of the charachters of this team, he’s become a key member of this team and squad. He can play very well also as a central defender, not only right full-back.

“Petr [Cech] showed up here yesterday afternoon or the other afternoon [to collect his new gloves that Adidas sent to Chelsea training ground by mistake] and it was nice, we had a chat.

“Almost everyone was gone. We tried to hide them, also we tried to make them slippery but he discovered that. They were sent here and we gave them back. That’s the story.

“I don’t see much relation between this game and Man United game: we are not super concerned about the table, but we look the reality.We are not panicking about that, we want to get a result every game”

“Christian Atsu needs to play and I adviced him to go to play, because he needs to play”

 

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Arsene Wenger doesn’t underestimate Chelsea despite the 19 points gap in the table, where the Gunners are on top with Leicester and Chelsea 14th, just 5 points above the relegation zone:

If you are looking purely at the mathematics [they could] but the team has too much potential,” the Arsenal manager said.

“Nobody can predict this. The confidence can go quickly and for them the bad luck is that the league is more difficult for everybody. Once you lack a bit of confidence it can happen to anyone.

“The lack of confidence is linked with one or two unexpected bad results. The confidence in our job goes quickly, maybe quicker than ever because the pressure from the environment and the media is bigger than ever so you suffer a bit quicker than before.

“They are not in this title race but [look at] the quality of their team. I think this season there have been exceptional circumstances for them and they will be back – I consider them direct rivals.”

Wenger won’t find anymore his “enemy” José Mourinho in the opposite dugout on Sunday, since the Portuguese was replaced by Guus Hiddink:

“It will be an intense game, as usual what you get in the Premier League,” he said. “Overall I think, because of the quality of the players on the pitch and because of what is at stake for both teams, it will be a very intense battle, no matter who sits on the bench.

“I rate [Hiddink] highly as a very strong manager with an exceptional career. He alternated between club and country but he’s one of the leading managers who represented the Dutch philosophy and exported it across Europe.”

 

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has announced the return three of his injured stars for the game against Chelsea on Sunday.

The good news is that [Mesut] Özil certainly will be available,” the French coach announced in his press conference.

Then he added: “For [Alexis] Sánchez, the next two days will be decisive though, this time, I think he will make it for selection.

Francis Coquelin is also back in full training today,” he announced then.

Ahead of schedule, and Danny Welbeck will be in full training next week.”

 

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alex texeira

Liverpool have made an offer in the region of £24.5 million for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Alex Teixeira, according to The Guardian and Liverpool Echo.

The club’s chief executive, Ian Ayre, has flown to Florida, where Shakhtar are currently training in pre-season, to try and reach an agreement with the Ukrainian club.

Texeira is also a Chelsea target and the Blues were trying to sign him to revamp their squad in this January transfer window.

His Brazilian mates Oscar and Willian also spoke to him trying to convince him to move to Stamford Bridge, but Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu didn’t seem so keen for his move in this transfer window, since he wanted all his squad ready for the Europa League that is starting again in February.

Lucescu also said about one month ago:

“If there is an offer that will satisfy both player and the club I will fully support his move.

Has Liverpool satisfied Shakhtar’s needs with their offer?

 

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