Dani Ceballos cites Santi Cazorla and Cesc Fabregas as Arsenal inspiration

Arsenal’s summer signing Dani Ceballos has said that he was inspired to join the Gunners after witnessing the success of compatriots Santi Cazorla and Cesc Fabregas with the club. Ceballos joined the Gunners on a season-long loan from Real Madrid earlier last week and he is expected to command a regular starting role under Unai Emery next term.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Ceballos acknowledged that he was well aware of the success of the Spanish players and he mentioned the names of Cazorla and Fabregas, he said: “When I knew I was joining the club I looked at the Spanish players that had played here in the past. I think Santi Cazorla played some amazing football here and Cesc was the captain for a long time.”

Fabregas backs Eden Hazard to succeed at Real Madrid amid criticism

Former Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas has backed Eden Hazard to succeed at Real Madrid despite the recent criticism from the Spanish media regarding his weight. The Belgium international has failed to make an effective contribution in five friendly matches for Los Blancos and this has recently propped up suggestions that he may be struggling due to his weight.

However, speaking to Cope, Fabregas has dismissed the claims and said that the Spanish media have not watched the performances of Hazard at Chelsea over the past seven seasons, where he has generally started at a slow pace, he told: “It surprises me that his weight is talked about. It seems people have not seen his seven years in the Premier League.Maybe the pre-seasons are hard for him, and it’s true that playing for Real Madrid is a big thing, but I have no doubts about him. He will lead the team.”

Hasselbaink reveals Chelsea fears after first game under Lampard

Former Chelsea star Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink has said that Frank Lampard may have a tough road ahead with the Blues after settling for a 1-1 draw against Bohemians during the opening pre-season game. Lampard went with a mixture of youth and experience for the friendly but the players could not deliver the win after Michy Batshuayi’s early opener was cancelled out by Eric Molloy towards the end of the game.

Speaking after the match, Hasselbaink voiced concerns over the lack of application when the players were without possession of the ball. He added that there were too many touches when they got possession and that slowed down the game, he told: “They lost the ball way too easy. Players were having too many touches, sometimes seven, eight touches and it slows the game down.

Ex-Chelsea star says Lampard may have regret if he turns down Chelsea job

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has said that Frank Lampard could end up with regrets, should he decline the managerial role with the Blues. The 40-year-old has been touted as the favourite to become the Blues’ next head coach but so far, the club have yet to finalise a compensation package with Derby County.

Speaking to TalkSPORT, Bosnich indicated that the move would perfectly suit Chelsea and Lampard, given the latter would be afforded with more time to manage the club amid the year-long transfer ban, he said: “I think it’s a great move for both parties. From a Chelsea perspective, the fact they’re banned for two transfer windows and have lost their best player in Eden Hazard, it may not be a smooth ride for them.But having a club legend will give them some breathing space. And for Frank, it’s a fantastic move. It’s a dream job, very few people in the world will be offered this job.”

Adrien Silva not prepared for potential relegation with AS Monaco

Portugal international Adrien Silva has said that he is not prepared for potential relegation with AS Monaco, given he has no experience over the same. The midfielder joined the Principality outfit in a loan swap involving Youri Tielemans with Leicester City and he has since been a steady force at the heart of the club’s midfield.

In Silva’s first seven matches, Monaco made an uptrend trend from the relegation zone by going unbeaten but things have since gone pear-shaped with a seven-match winless streak. As such, the club are now within goal difference off the bottom three and Silva has stressed that the club must show the perseverance to beat the drop in the final two games of the season.

Kante wants to end Chelsea’s season with Europa League glory

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has said that the Blues can turn the season into a success by going on to win the Europa League title. The west London giants recently progressed to the semi-final of the competition after a 6-3 aggregate triumph over Slavia Prague and they are now regarded as the front-runners to secure the European crown.

Speaking to BT Sport, Kante said that the players want to make the season beautiful by securing the Europa League title for the second time in their history, he quipped: “We can make the season beautiful by winning the Europa League. That’s the only title we can win now, so it would be great to win the Europa League.”

Cesc Fabregas feels sad about fan abuse at Arsene Wenger

Speaking to BeIN Sports, Fabregas said that he was not entirely pleased with some fan moments associated with Wenger before his departure, he said: “Some moments I was sad yes, He doesn’t deserve it for what he’s done. In football, it’s all about today. What you’ve done yesterday, unfortunately, doesn’t count.”

He added that the present world does not appreciate past achievements, but Wenger has left a legacy which will be remembered for a long time, he added: “When you retire after twenty, thirty years people will talk about it and remember it like wow what they did. Right now you need to perform today. This is the world we live in. It’s great because you cannot live in the past.”

Didier Deschamps admits Olivier Giroud wants regular gametime at club level

France head coach Didier Deschamps has admitted that Olivier Giroud would like to play more for Chelsea after displaying an impressive run of goalscoring form. The striker has been heavily criticised by a section of the supporters of late after the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Wissam Ben Yedder were ignored for his selection in the French squad.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Deschamps spoke positively about the influence of Giroud by stating his recent scoring form for club and country. He added that the marksman has been in good touch for the Blues in the Europa League and would probably prefer to play more regularly for the side across all competitions.
He said: "Giroud is there, he scores goals. He does so too with his club. He’d like to play more and when he plays in the Europa League, he also scores goals. In a match like tonight's, against a low-ranked opponent, his presence as a pivot is very useful. He's quite complementary with the other players because of his role that is different and this allows our team to have a varied offensive play."

Emerson insists Chelsea are going in the right direction

Chelsea defender Emerson has said that the Blues are going in the right direction despite their dreaded form on the road this year. The Blues have been extremely poor on their travels since the beginning of 2019 and the 2-1 Europa League triumph at Malmo was the first time they had scored in five away matches.

Despite this, Emerson has insisted the club are moving in a positive manner with a couple of crucial Cup games during the ongoing month, he said: “We have a lot of important games during this month still, so we need to focused on responding in the best possible way to each game. I'm sure we're going in the right direction, and even though we have a final to play, we need to think game by game. Playing away from home is always very difficult. I did my best on both offensive and defensive functions, and I'm happy that I was able to help the team come out with the victory and a good advantage for the second game at home.”

Maurizio Sarri reveals two players who can replace Cesc Fabregas for the season

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed two players who could handle the burden after the departure of Cesc Fabregas during the winter transfer window. The Spaniard had only played a bit-part role for the Blues through the first half of the season but Sarri has nonetheless expressed the concern, given he had been identified as the back-up to Jorginho in the holding role.

Speaking to reporters, Sarri said that he is looking into the likes of Mateo Kovacic and Ethan Ampadu to adapt to the defensive midfield role such that he can afford a rest for Jorginho when required, he said: “I have to try with our own players. So, I think Mateo Kovacic could be a very good option.