Good morning Chelsea fans
Chelsea came crashing down from their FA Cup semi-final win over Crystal Palace last weekend with a 4-2 defeat to Arsenal in Wednesday night’s Prem clash.
The Gunners went 1-0 up through Eddie Nketiah before Timo Werner equalised for Chelsea. Emile Smith Rowe put them in front again but Cesar Azpilicueta pulled the Blues level for a second time.
But Nketiah secured his brace in the second half and Bukayo Saka added a late penalty to produce a vital win for Mikel Arteta’s side in West London.
The Blues’ home advantage was hampered after Stamford Bridge had 10,000 fewer Blues fans than normal as sanctions against Russian owner Roman Abramovich prevented Chelsea from selling home tickets.
Arsenal fans decided to poke fun on the home end’s empty seats claiming they are going back to the hapless times before outgoing owner Roman Abramovich took over.
They chanted: “There’s nobody here, just like the old days, there’s nobody here.”
But Chelsea supporters had some fun of their own as they reminded their London rivals they have never won a Champions League.
They chanted: “Champions of Europe, you’ll never sing that.”
And Arsenal responded with: “‘Where’s your money gone?”
However, Chelsea imploded after the game when Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta angrily confronted a club fan in the stands.
Azpilicueta appeared to take exception to something the fan shouted after the referee blew for full-time.
He put his arms out in confusion as the fan gestured towards him from the stand, seeming to imply Chelsea needed to show more fight.
Azpilicueta was clearly taken aback by that so pointed at the fan and began gesturing towards him.
The defender then walked over to the stand to settle the dispute, appearing to criticise the fan for clapping sarcastically.
The supporter began to argue his case before holding his hands up to the Spaniard to apologise, before giving him a thumbs up.
Other Chelsea fans in the area seemed to be offering support to Azpilicueta – telling him to ignore the fan who likely voiced criticism of the result.
Meanwhile, A man has been arrested after Chelsea star Reece James’ safe was stolen during a burglary at his home.
Police have confirmed that a 31-year-old man from Hampshire has been detained and remains under investigation.
Last year the England star revealed shocking CCTV of the moment “cowardly” thugs broke into his home and stole his football medals.
James, 21, said a group of robbers broke into his house in September and snatched a safe containing his Champions League, Super Cup, and Euro 2020 medals.
Elsewhere, The three consortiums bidding to buy Chelsea have reportedly been asked to submit further details about their business plan and how they intend to fund the club.
Raine, the bank overseeing the sale, are seeking greater detail from the bids fronted by Todd Boehly, Sir Martin Broughton and Stephen Pagliuca.
The trio submitted their binding improved offers last week but have now been asked to provide forecasts and answer questions put to them by Raine, report The Telegraph.
It is not clear whether this step to intake further information will delay the bidding process – deadlines have been flexible and occasionally put back to accommodate the interested parties.
It is believed a decision on the preferred buyer could still be made this week but Chelsea are keen to complete due diligence on the three consortiums.
And finally, Former England defender Glen Johnson has advised Conor Gallagher to make the right decision in terms of what club he plays for next season.
When speaking to Bettingods.com, he said: “Gallagher’s been doing well, impressing pretty much everyone. You just hope that he doesn’t go back to Chelsea and not get game time and that will slow his progress down.
“That’s going to be a tough one. For me he just needs to play. This is when they get some nice form and learn their trade a bit more.”