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  1. Completely agree - Eriksen should never have the time to get that cross in. He's done it three times from that exact location against us this season, all resulting in Alli goals.
  2. Ferdinand: Arsenal's training pitches are really hard ARSENAL INSTALL ‘INJURY REDUCING’ PITCH AT LONDON COLNEY Arsenal to Overhaul Training Ground to Cure Injury Trend I think it's the pitches.
  3. Always felt that Jose deliberately played the same first XI as a message to the board that those are the only good players he had. To understand Jose's management I think you need to try to understand group psychology and his approach to it. He wants to forge a strong group built on trust so he creates a straw man that everyone is out to get him in the hopes that it will foster a siege mentality. You're then either part of the group or against it. Looking at the Luke Shaw incident, he is openly confronting him and saying he doesn't deserve to be in the "circle of trust" because of his poor behaviour (training, effort, commitment etc.) in comparison to those who are in the group. Shaw can either accede to his demands and become part of the group or he can cause a fuss and leave.
  4. Out of interest: Hazard - Lukaku - Sanchez or Hazard - Costa - Pedro?
  5. Well, if we could keep Costa and sign, say, Morata it would be really smart for the Champions League next year. We need a second striker that Conte trusts.
  6. Conte clearly doesn't fancy Batshuayi so we need another striker to cover Costa, provide versatility in strategy and cover for Europe. Would be happy with either Lukaku or Morata. Get both if Costa goes. But then what about someone like Belotti or Aubameyang? Think Conte would want more mobility in midfield vs Matic and Fabregas - can Chalobah step up? I imagine one of the former will go and we'll swap for a younger model. Thing is, Fabregas is the ultimate defence lock-picker so how could we lose him? Nainggolan would be perfect but he doesn't want to move to England. We're covered for central defence IMO - Ake and Christensen should come in to push our current back 3. Zouma is a question mark so probably a loan. Wing backs - what about Oxlade Chamberlain to challenge Moses? I think he's wasted in CM personally and would be great on the wing. Hazard, Pedro, Willian ... - Musonda?
  7. It's a Travel Tavern.
  8. He's running down his contract and I reckon Arsenal would accept £30-40m for a player with 1 year left. Which is decent in this day and age for a player of his quality - arguably better output than Hazard for an inferior team!
  9. Also, notorious transfer bellwether Craig Burley asserts that "Moussa Dembele (Celtic, not Spurs) is pretty much nailed on to join Chelsea this summer" according to insiders. Make of that what you will.
  10. If there's even a sniff that we can get Alexis Sanchez we should break the bank to do so. Him and Hazard off of Costa would be ridiculous
  11. Was it though? I remember being quite underwhelmed by the fee we got for him, considering we bought Carvalho for not far off it and SWP was around the same or more. Maybe it's heart over head but I would have kept him for years, even with the injuries.
  12. I don't know why he left exactly, but if he had stayed his whole career I believe we would have won more leagues than we did and possibly even the Champions League sooner.
  13. Enjoyable game to watch, but not as Chelsea fan. I would say that, on balance, Burnley deserve credit more than we deserve criticism. Certainly Conte shouldn't be criticised IMO - he threw the kitchen sink at it, if a little late. Matic will get a lot of stick - rightly so - for his laboured attempts to win the ball back which resulted in their goal. But then again you can't legislate for such quality from Brady. Lessons learned hopefully and renewed focus that every game is a battle here on in. Would rather be 8 points clear than 8 points back.
  14. First few times I watched it I thought it was a fair challenge. Not saying it's a definite foul now but it is a grey area. The reason I'm swaying: If that's Gabriel on Costa on the half way line and it then led to a goal, we'd be shouting for it all day long. Alonso wins the ball fairly and, in the process of jumping, collides with Bellerin. It would be harsh to deny a goal, but on the flip side if that happens on the halfway line the ref blows for a freekick 9 times out of 10 IMO.
  15. We've all seen great goals but that Hazard goal is genuinely one of the best individual goals I've ever seen. Wow.