Good morning Chelsea fans
Chelsea plummeted after their FA Cup semi-final win over Crystal Palace last weekend with a 4-2 loss to Arsenal in Wednesday night’s Prem clash.
The Gunners took a 1-0 lead through Eddie Nketiah before Timo Werner equalized for Chelsea. Emile Smith Rowe put them back in front but Cesar Azpilicueta drew the blues level for the second time.
But Nketiah secured his brace in the second half and Bukayo Saka added a late penalty to give Mikel Arteta’s side a crucial win in west London.
The Blues’ home field advantage was hampered after Stamford Bridge had 10,000 fewer than normal Blues fans as sanctions against Russian owner Roman Abramovich prevented Chelsea from selling home tickets.
Arsenal fans decided to poke fun at the home team’s empty seats, claiming they were returning to the ill-fated 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 their own fun reminding their London rivals they’ve never won a Champions League.
They chanted: “European champion, you will 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 seemed to take offense at something the fan shouted after the referee blew the whistle for the whole time.
He held out his arms in confusion as the fan pointed at him from the stands, seemingly implying Chelsea needed to show more struggle.
Azpilicueta was visibly taken aback, pointed to the fan and started gesturing at it.
The defender then went to the stands to settle the dispute and appeared to criticize the fan for sarcastically clapping.
The supporter began arguing his case before holding out his hands to the Spaniard to apologize before giving him a thumbs-up.
Other Chelsea fans in the area appeared to support Azpilicueta – telling him to ignore the fan who has likely expressed criticism of the result.
Meanwhile, a man has been arrested after Chelsea star Reece James’ safe was stolen in a burglary at his home.
Police have confirmed that a 31-year-old Hampshire man has been arrested and remains under investigation.
Last year, the England star revealed shocking CCTV footage of the moment “cowardly” thugs broke into his home and stole his football medals.
James, 21, said a group of robbers broke into his home in September and stole 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 provide more details on their business plan and how they intend to fund the club.
Raine, the bank overseeing the sale, is seeking further details from the offers from 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 from Raine, reports The Telegraph.
It’s not clear if this move to include more information will delay the bidding process – deadlines have been flexible and occasionally pushed back to accommodate those interested.
It’s believed a decision on the preferred buyer could be made as early as this week, but Chelsea are keen to complete due diligence on the three consortiums.
Finally, former England defender Glen Johnson has advised Conor Gallagher to make the right decision regarding the club he is playing for next season.
Speaking to Bettingods.com, he said: “Gallagher did well and has impressed pretty much everyone. They just hope he doesn’t return to Chelsea and get no playing time and that will slow his progress.
“It’s going to be difficult. For me he just has to play. Then they get in good shape and learn their craft a bit more.”
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