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Chelsea are preparing a bid for Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, according to recent reports.

The forward is a target for the Blues who are looking to replace their veteran striker Didier Drogba in the summer.

Jose Mourinho has already worked with Adebayor during his spell at Real Madrid. The Togo forward has built a reputation with many doubts about his strength at 31 years old, yet the Premier League leaders are ready to risk it if Drogba retires.

The deal could be enhance by the fact that London rivals Tottenham have no problem in letting Adebayor leave the club: currently he receives a wage of £100,000-a-week, something that Spurs find unnecessary and willing to get rid of: that’s why the money they may ask is considerably small.

The question is whether Adebayor is at Chelsea’s level or not.

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In his press conference, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has turned down with a laugh suggestions that new signing Gabriel Paulista is anything like former Chelsea defender David Luiz, saying that the latest addition to the Gunners’ squad is “a defender who actually wants to defend.”

 

Indeed, during his time at Stamford Bridge Luiz, who moved to PSG over the summer, earned a reputation for erratic behaviour, often combining sublime moments of individual skill with moments of madness. Opinions heavily reinforced by his behaviour during the last World Cup, where he contributed to the horrific semifinal – or epic, surely everlasting, depending from your point of view – against Germany seven goals when Thiago Silva, his mentor, was suspended for sum of yellow card.

 

Wenger was asked whether Paulista was similar to David Luiz, quoting the famous line from former Manchester United defender Gary Neville that the former Chelsea man was like “a Playstation player”, via the Daily Mail.

Wenger was quick to play down any comparisons: “I think Gabriel is a typical defender. David Luiz, you didn’t know if he was a midfielder, as he had the potential always to play. Gabriel is a real defender, who wants to defend.”

Gabriel actually made more defensive errors at Villarreal than David Luiz did at Chelsea in the same amount of games…

It has been confirmed that Gabriel will wear the number five shirt at Gunners.

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Arsene Wenger believes his team are capable of hunting down Chelsea to win the Premier League and has cited his first full season in England as an example.

The 1997/98 season is remembered for being one of the most unlikely title victories in living memory. Arsenal won the league in May having been 12 points behind eventual runners-up Manchester United in February, the first moment in a North-South rivalry which encapsulated the late 90s and early 2000s.

Wenger says his current squad is still aiming for the title, despite being 14 points behind Chelsea and 9 behind Manchester City, both of whom appear considerably superior to the rest of the Premier League.

“It (to challenge for the title) is our target, but we have to be realistic. What we want is to win every game we can, but at the moment we are 14 points behind Chelsea, they need to lose five games, and they have lost only two until now,” The Frenchman says.

Arsenal have had title challenges undermined in the recent past due to injuries, this year is no different, but players are beginning to return. Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil are back and Jack Wilshere is about a month awy from fitness.

“Now we have a good squad, compact, but of quality and with the competition it will be very hard” says Wenger.

Wenger, 65, is the oldest serving manager in the Premier League and has not won the Premiership since 2004.

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