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Ancelotti present at Arsenal game.
The Guardian reports that Carlo Ancelotti will be present at Sunday’s clash against Arsenal despite the death of his father on Wednesday. Giuseppe Ancelotti passed away aged 87 with his son at his side and the funeral will be held in Italy on Saturday. The Chelsea backroom team will prepare the squad but the boss intends to return for the game at Stamford Bridge.
Drogba: Not so secret weapon.
According to Sky Sports , Chelsea will attempt to overcome Arsenal by using the power of Didier Drogba. The striker will return to the starting XI after being suspended against Marseille to form a three-pronged attack with Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda, a move which will see Gael Kakuta dropped to the bench. Carlo Ancelotti admitted it was better to have Drogba involved in the game and he stated: “The team is a little bit different when Didier plays because we can use his power and ability in the box. There’s a different kind of movement in front. It’s better that Drogba is in the game but we can also play without him.”
Blues set for Israeli wonderkid.
Chelsea are reportedly set to sign Israeli wonderkid Gai Assulin. The Metro reports that the Israeli cancelled his contract with Barcelona and is now a free agent. Once dubbed the ‘new Lionel Messi’, Assulin has attracted the attention of a number of Premier League clubs and, despite having trials at Manchester City in the summer, it’s been suggested that talks between him and compatriot Yossi Benayoun could lead him to Stamford Bridge. The 19-year-old is reportedly in England to seal a move to the Blues, City or Arsenal. Assulin made 69 appearances for the Barcelona B side, scoring 14 goals and he has also played 13 times for the Israel Under-21 side. He, however, only featured for the Barcelona first team once, and for Israel he made one senior substitute appearance against Chile in which he became the youngest ever player to represent his country aged 16.
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