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Drogba praises Arsenal.
ESPN reports that Didier Drogba is relishing Sunday’s clash against Arsenal because the Gunners are one of his favourite teams. The Chelsea striker has scored an impressive 12 goals in 12 games against Arsene Wenger’s men and he spoke of his admiration for his London rivals: “I love playing big games and I love playing against Arsenal. I always say that Arsenal is one of my favourite teams. When I was playing in France, Arsenal was an example for us because there were all these French players who used to play in the French league and went abroad to play for Arsenal with a French manager. So to play against them for me means a lot.” The Ivorian, however, admitted that he will not be going easy on the Gunners: “I don’t think we can afford to lose a second game, especially against Arsenal. People have to know, and we know, that we’re going to lose some games this season. But again, it’s always good to win, it’s always better to win.”
Blues chase Spanish winger.
According to Sky Sports , Chelsea are monitoring 20-year-old winger Jonathan Viera. The youngster, who was also caught the attention of Real Madrid, plays for Las Palmas in the Segunda Division in Spain and already has a goal to his name in his debut season. Viera is reportedly valued at around £6m but he is contracted until next summer and Las Palmas will not allow him to leave below the asking price. Carlo Ancelotti, however, may test their resolve in the January transfer window as he looks to build a new generation of players.
Chelsea in for Russian wonderkid.
Chelsea are reportedly also interested in CSKA Moscow’s Alan Dzagoev. According to tribalfootball.com, the winger has been a long-term target of Roman Abramovich and he had trials at Stamford Bridge when he was 16. The 20-year-old has since emerged as one of the most exciting players in the Russia and he was named the Russian Premier League’s Best Young Player of the Year in 2008. Dzagoev has admitted in the past that he is a Blues fan and he also stated that he would love to move to Chelsea. When questioned about Real Madrid, he revealed: “Basically I like Chelsea more. I have supported the team for four years already. There are about 22 players in the squad, but each is as important as the other and they all play regularly.”
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