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Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal: Which new signing picked up Man of the Match?

Chelsea’s winning run of 4 games came to an end at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon as Arsenal left West London with a point and a clean sheet – the first time they’ve come away with anything for 6 years. None of Chelsea’s attacking threats could break the deadlock but it was David Luiz who almost broke Sead Kolasinac’s leg with a challenge that earned him a straight red in the closing stages to the game. Despite the negative result, there were some promising performances that we’ll recognise here with our Man of the Match shortlist.

#3 Willian

A tireless performance from the once Player of the Year but it ended without much reward as his incisive dribbling and creative spark were not enough to get his side a goal. Things looked exciting for Chelsea early on as Willian linked up with Alvaro Morata to create chances right from the start but their attacking play was soon snuffed out by an inspired Arsenal defence. Another impressive partnership was between Willian and Cesc Fabregas as the two playmakers often took set-pieces quickly, looking to catch out the Gunners. Would’ve felt unlucky to be replaced by Eden Hazard but, after an ambitious effort from a short free kick, it just wasn’t his afternoon.

#2 Alvaro Morata

With each performance that the former Real Madrid man puts in, his status as a bargain grows. Despite not finding the net in this cagey encounter, his link up play was very impressive at times as he looked to create chances for his teammates, as well as finish them off himself. Morata was given some rough treatment at times and felt his was being treated unfairly by the referee as Shkodran Mustafi constantly fouled him. The one time Morata did give something back, he was penalised, so his appeals were probably justified. The service coming from Cesar Azpilicueta, which Morata has profited from since joining the club, was mostly prevented by Arsenal. The one time Azpilicueta picked out his man, Morata headed wide from an offside position.

#2 Tiemoue Bakayoko

The Frenchman added an injection of pace and power to a very subdued Chelsea team and his contribution was certainly a significant one. Before his introduction at half time, the Blues were very vulnerable to Arsenal’s attacks and looked like conceding on almost every occasion. Bakayoko replaced Pedro and played in midfield alongside N’Golo Kante, who looked a lot more confident with his compatriot on the pitch, and allowed Cesc Fabregas to have a freer role in the side. Shortly after coming on as a substitute, Bakayoko burst through the Arsenal team and turn Chelsea from defence into attack in the matter of seconds. He set up Marcos Alonso after making it deep into the Arsenal half but, like every other attack in the game, the move came to nothing. Despite a disappointing result, that performance from the former Monaco man will give Antonio Conte confidence that he’s capable of starting in the games to come.

Arsenal news: Jack Wilshere wants West Ham move in January to end Emirates nightmare

JACK WILSHERE has given up hope of resurrecting his Arsenal career and wants to move to his boyhood club West Ham, according to reports.

Wilshere made his first appearance of the season in last week’s 3-1 Champions League win over Cologne, coming on as a second half substitute.

But he wasn’t included in the match day squad to face Chelsea on Sunday, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles preferred as an option from the bench.

The 25-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and his future at the Emirates looks likely to be coming to an end.

He spent last season on loan at Bournemouth where he impressed in spells for Eddie Howe’s side but the injury-prone midfielder was once again forced out of action with a hairline fracture in his leg towards the end of the campaign.

Bayern Munich Main-Man Open To A Premier League Move: Is He An Option For Arsenal?

Carlo Ancelotti has been facing quite a lot of stick of late, from fans and club legends alike. Despite being regarded as one of the best coaches in world football, the Italian’s tenure at Bayern has been a turbulent one, after replacing Pep Guardiola in 2016. Especially in the past week or so, Bayern’s performances were characterized by a series of dispute, discontent, and lack of stability within their camp.

Robert Lewandowski hit out at his teammates last season for not winning the golden boot and recently, the Pole also voiced his criticism towards Bayern’s transfer policy. Thomas Muller was also frustrated with his lack of game-time under Carlo Ancelotti, while Arjen Robben criticized Bayern’s performance in midweek, despite their 3:0 win over RSC Anderlecht. In the same game, winger Franck Ribery was also seen throwing his shirt off after being substituted.

So there’s definitely something uneasy going on at the FC Bayern camp and many news outlets, and well-known journalists claim that the former PSG and Real Madrid boss could leave the German outfit if he continues on his lack of form and discontent among players. In fact, Raphael Honigstein, author of the famous book Das Reboot, spoke against Carlo Ancelotti in the BBC Radio 5 live podcast.

As such, ESPN believes that the Italian manager is open to a move to Premier League, in case his tenure at Bayern ends sooner than expected. Asked about the links to England, he added: “I want to say I am happy to be here and stay until the end of my contract.

“I hope to continue here but, after that, if I am not here I have to find another solution. I was in England for two years; I had a good experience and have good memories of this period.” – he said.

Rumors of his possible move to England has seen a number of clubs linked with a move for the 58-year-old. While former club Chelsea is definitely not an option for the Italian, the other capital outfit in Arsenal, are said to be most-heavily intrigued by the idea of bringing Ancelotti back to the Premier League.

Though Arsene Wenger has just signed a two-year contract with the Gunners, massive unrest from fans and media due to their underwhelming performances could see the board consider bringing in the former PSG and Real Madrid boss.

Known for his care-taking abilities, and vast experience at the top level, Carlo Ancelotti can be the perfect replacement for the long-serving Arsene Wenger as the Gunners seek to get back among the Premier League elites.

Alexis Sanchez now desperately wants to go to Real Madrid, according to reports.

Alexis Sanchez now desperately wants to go to Real Madrid, according to reports.

The Arsenal star missed out on the Manchester City move he wanted in the summer because the Gunners couldn’t get a replacement.

Now they’re resigned to losing the star Chilean for free when his contract runs down at the end of the season.

Diario Gol claim that despite reports Sanchez is still keen on the move to play at the Etihad, he has turned his attention to the Bernabeu.

And they say his agent has been in touch for Real about making the deal happen.

Alexis Sanchez started the match as a substitute (Image: Stuart MacFarlane)

Arsenal To Pocket Over £5million From The Sale Of Former Academy Graduate

Arsenal could be set to make a sizeable profit on one of their former academy players after Besiktas set a €20million price tag on Oguzhan Ozyakup.

According to the latest reports in the Turkish media, Ozyakup is one of the hottest talents on the scene right now and clubs are lining up to get hold of the midfielder.

The 24-year-old departed Arsenal back in 2012 to join up with Besiktas for just £500,000 with Wenger reportedly being reluctant to see the youngster leave without being given a chance.

That provoked him to slap a clause in the contract that would see the Gunners cash in on 30% of whatever Ozyakup is sold for in his next move.

If Ozyakup manages to secure a big money move for Besiktas’ asking price in January then Arsenal would have an extra £5.3million to play with in the bank.

That could easily compensate for the failure to sell Mathieu Debuchy this summer and the minimal transfer fees that were picked up for Gabriel and Wojciech Szczesny.

Many supporters would like to see that figure reinvested into the transfer budget as wage demands are becoming a huge problem following the cases surrounding Ozil and Alexis.