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Guardian - Fri Aug 17 10:30 PM
• Manager intent on holding on to Belgian playmaker • ‘I feared losing him for 20 days, ’ says Italian Maurizio Sarri believes Eden Hazard has the ability to establish himself as the best player in the world but has admitted he feared losing the Belgium forward in the three weeks after taking cha...
Guardian - Fri Aug 17 2:53 PM
Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery are still feeling their way into a new league. Yet this derby may provide a far better gauge of their capabilities than Chelsea’s walkover at Huddersfield, or Arsenal’s toils against Manchester City. Sarri, who is considering offering Eden Hazard a first start, belie...
Guardian - Fri Aug 17 12:45 AM
Chelsea and Arsenal promise goals and flaws, Fulham need to tighten up at Spurs and will sparks fly again when Benítez meets Warnock? With two teams in flux, Chelsea’s derby with Arsenal is a meeting that promises goals. Both sides are vulnerable in defence and dangerous in attack. Although beate...
Guardian - Thu Aug 16 6:01 PM
• Unai Emery backs goalkeeper after Manchester City loss • ‘For Saturday, the decision for me is easy’ Unai Emery has confirmed goalkeeper Petr Cech will keep his place in goal for Arsenal when they head to Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday. The 36-year-old appeared to struggle with Emery...
Guardian - Thu Aug 16 9:25 AM
Today’s tell-all didn’t get where it is today learning about the ‘them and us’ situation which bedevils British industry so tragically Having played just a solitary minute for Real Madrid’s first team back in April 2010, Marcos Alonso is being tenuously linked with a return to the club of his you...
Guardian - Wed Aug 15 7:00 PM
• Club finally switch focus to replacing Michael Emenalo • Dan Ashworth, Monchi and Michael Ballack among targets Chelsea finally hope to make progress on the appointment of a new technical director to succeed the departed Michael Emenalo once the transfer window closes across Europe at the end o...
Guardian - Wed Aug 15 12:30 PM
Jonathan Panzo’s decision to swap Chelsea for Monaco is the latest example of a promising English prospect seeking first-team football abroad rather than at the club that nurtured them Ian Rush blames it all on Kenny Dalglish. “I didn’t actually say Italy was ‘like living in a foreign country’, ”...
Guardian - Tue Aug 14 6:26 PM
The old-fashioned assumption that keepers can go on forever appears to be drawing to a close A debate is still raging over whether the spectacular late winner Wayne Rooney created to help DC United beat Orlando City on Sunday was a highlight of the MLS season or a confirmation of limited standard...
Guardian - Tue Aug 14 2:56 PM
• France midfielder will spend season at San Siro • Deal could become permanent next summer for around £35m The Chelsea midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko has completed a season-long loan move to Milan. The deal for Bakayoko, who joined Chelsea from Monaco last summer for £39.7m, could be turned into a...
Guardian - Tue Aug 14 1:48 PM
Our cartoonist on a Mo Salah superfan, an underwhelmed Maurizio Sarri and Arsenal’s new 15-year-old View all of David’s cartoons here Continue reading
Guardian - Mon Aug 13 7:00 PM
• German club want England international to replace Max Meyer • Milan sign Tiémoué Bakayoko on season loan from Chelsea Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to reject the chance to move to the Bundesliga club Schalke on a season-long loan, with the midfielder determined to force his way into the Chelsea fir...
Guardian - Mon Aug 13 4:32 PM
• ‘No chance’ I would have stayed, says Brazil international • Willian confident Chelsea can beat Arsenal Willian insists there is “no chance” he would still be at Chelsea if Antonio Conte had remained in charge. The Brazil international was linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge for much o...
Guardian - Mon Aug 13 8:25 AM
Guendouzi is one of Arsenal’s few reasons to be cheerful, Naby Keïta is a thrilling talent no matter whose shirt he’s wearing, and Richarlison already looks worth the money Wherever Arsène Wenger was watching, he would have approved of Mattéo Guendouzi’s presence at the base of Arsenal’s midfield...
Guardian - Sun Aug 12 10:30 PM
The Brazilian was sidelined under Antonio Conte but appears reinvigorated after adapting quickly to new methods Of all the people who might have welcomed Antonio Conte’s departure from Chelsea this summer, David Luiz was probably quite high on the list. Even more so now after Conte’s replacement,...
Guardian - Sun Aug 12 9:51 PM
Your weekend round-up of the best photography from England’s top flight • Follow Guardian sport on Instagram for more great photography The Dozen archive Continue reading
Guardian - Sat Aug 11 5:14 PM
Chelsea were far from perfect, even shaky at times in the first half, but they improved as the game progressed and deservedly took maximum points from their first league match under Maurizio Sarri thanks to goals by N’golo Kanté, Jorginho and Pedro. The last match between these teams concluded wi...
Guardian - Sat Aug 11 2:00 PM
Live updates from the Premier League and beyond You can email John or tweet him here Live scoreboard: all the latest scores and results 1.30pm BST It is back and with a fairy warm sense of vengeance. After Manchester United’s defeat of Leicester gave José Mourinho disappointingly little to compla...
Guardian - Sat Aug 11 12:00 PM
Chelsea, Arsenal, Fulham, Wolves and West Ham all made eye-catching signings while the World Cup was on If Antonio Conte became used to not getting his way with transfers, the signing of Jorginho felt like the perfect sweetener for his successor. The 26-year-old midfielder was confirmed on the sa...
Guardian - Fri Aug 10 10:30 PM
The Italian expects problems in the first part of season as he attempts to familiarise the players with the particular attacking style of play he wants to bring to the club It was Maurizio Sarri who suggested there may be trouble ahead. The question posed of Chelsea’s new head coach, glasses perc...
Guardian - Fri Aug 10 2:15 PM
It is all change for Chelsea, whose manager, Maurizio Sarri, goes into his first Premier League games trying to introduce a new style and integrate new players. The Italian has said he does not know how long that process will take. Huddersfield hope it will not be instantaneous and that the super...
Guardian - Fri Aug 10 8:30 AM
Manchester United and Leicester under pressure to start well, Emery’s formidable opening task, heightened ambitions for Brighton and Wolves Related: Summer transfer window verdict: how every Premier League club fared Related: Transfer window 2018 – every summer deal from Europe's top five leagues...
Guardian - Thu Aug 9 10:00 PM
Arsenal, West Ham and Wolves were busy while Everton and Fulham left it late, Manchester United fell short and Spurs did not sign anyone Arsenal’s biggest move of the summer was replacing Arsène Wenger with Unai Emery, but they have also strengthened their squad with five new signings. Bernd Leno...
Guardian - Thu Aug 9 6:06 PM
• Young goalkeeper unconcerned by £71.6m world-record fee • ‘I will do everything I can to repay the trust they have put in me’ Kepa Arrizabalaga has said he does not feel any pressure after becoming the world’s most expensive goalkeeper and he believes Chelsea have made a “great bet” after signi...
Guardian - Thu Aug 9 4:42 PM
• Former Chelsea goalkeeper wants to play with fellow Belgian • Courtois says he turned down more lucrative offers for Real Thibaut Courtois signed for Real Madrid on Thursday before revealing he is keen for his former Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard to join him at the Bernabéu. Courtois, named best...
Guardian - Thu Aug 9 11:27 AM
After frustration and in some cases ridicule, players whose last campaign was sabotaged by injury will be desperate to show what they have to offer as a new season gets under way Harry Redknapp used to be tickled by the notion that top professionals would move clubs primarily for sentimental reas...
Guardian - Wed Aug 8 6:19 PM
The Spain international with a passion for birdsong quickly moved past early uncertainty about his own talent to attract world-record interest from Chelsea “They’re going to throw me out, I think they’re going to throw me out, ” said Kepa Arrizabalaga in an interview in 2016. Born in Ondarroa, a...
Guardian - Wed Aug 8 12:09 PM
• Goalkeeper’s release clause has been activated • Fee is a world record for a goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s €80m (£71m) buyout clause has been met, Athletic Bilbao have announced, as the goalkeeper appears on the verge of a world record move to Chelsea. The Basque club confirmed the 23-year-old...
Guardian - Wed Aug 8 10:14 AM
Chelsea ’s heach coach, Maurizio Sarri, has praised Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga as the club closes in on a deal for the Spain goalkeeper for a world record £71.6m. With the Blues’ current keeper Thibaut Courtois absent from training on Monday and Tuesday in an apparent attempt to force a...
Guardian - Tue Aug 7 6:51 PM
• World record for keeper eclipses Liverpool’s £67m for Alisson • Chelsea also secure Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid Chelsea will pay a world record fee for a goalkeeper to secure Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao as a replacement for the outgoing Thibaut Courtois, who has failed to...
Guardian - Mon Aug 6 7:36 PM
• Belgium goalkeeper is seeking move to Real Madrid • Thursday’s domestic transfer deadline increases urgency Thibaut Courtois has made clear his desire to leave Chelsea before the closure of the transfer window this month by spurning talks with Maurizio Sarri and failing to report back for pre‑s...