England manager Gareth Southgate has given an update on Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell who picked up an injury in the last game against Belgium. The Blues left-back was subbed off in the first half of the UEFA Nations League clash after picking up a back injury. He was replaced by Arsenal player Bukayo Saka after 38 minutes.
Southgate talked about Chilwell in his pre-match press conference ahead of the UEFA Nations League meeting with Iceland at home. According to him, the Chelsea defender continues to receive treatment on the back problem as he failed toreveal the extent of the injury. Chilwell is facing a spell on the sidelines as a result of the back injury though it must be pointed out that the exact time is unknown.
Petr Cech has revealed that he was the one who recommended Edouard Mendy to the club after keeping close tabs on him for several years. The former Chelsea goalkeeper has described Mendy as one of the best players they had targeted. The Senegal international was signed from Rennes in September for around £ 22 million. He has immediately made his mark in the first team after going on to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga, who is the world’s most expensive goalkeeper at around £75 million. However, a string of poor performances has led to Kepa Arrizabalaga losing his first-team spot.
Mendy was expected to take his time upon coming to a new division, but he has made the number one spot his own in just a few matches. Chelsea have been able to register a string of clean sheets – after previously struggling to even pick up one – in the last few weeks. The latest of those clean sheets came in the 3-0 victory over Burnley. Mendy has now become the first Chelsea goalkeeper since Petr Cech to pick up three successive clean sheets in the Premier League. Cech created this record back in 2004 after similarly signing from Rennes.
Gunners legend Paul Merson has described Thomas Partey as one of the best signings of the summer. Partey was brought in from Atletico Madrid for around £ 45 million. Thus, he has become one of the expensive acquisitions in the Premier League this summer.
Even then, the midfielder has shown excellent form in all of the matches. In fact, the Ghanaian has been a crucial asset for Arsenal in Europe and domestic matches. Partey has helped Arsenal breakup play like never before and it has allowed little space and time for the opposition. A recent example of his excellent performance came in the 1-0 success over Manchester United. Read more