NEWSFLASH: LAMPARD PASSED FIT

Daniel Sturridge is the only player ruled out of action for this weekend’s London derby at Arsenal.

Sturridge has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury but Frank Lampard has recovered from the minor ankle injury that kept him out of the midweek win over Wolves.

There are no other injury concerns. John Terry trained on Friday morning and is available for the game.

AZPILICUETA: INSIDE KNOWLEDGE

The Blues face a major test tomorrow when we take on an in-form Arsenal at the Emirates, and Cesar Azpilicueta has been speaking about two of the players we will need to keep a close eye on if we are to maintain our unbeaten start to the league campaign.

The Spanish right-back made his Chelsea debut during the 6-0 Capital One Cup win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek, but prior to signing for Chelsea, he spent two seasons in France with Marseille, where he witnessed at close quarters the quality of Olivier Giroud, while Santi Cazorla is another player he knows very well from his time in Spain.

‘I played for two seasons against Giroud,’ Azpilicueta tells the official Chelsea website. ‘Last year for Montpellier he finished as top scorer in Ligue 1 and they won the title.

‘He is a very attack-minded player, the type of striker who is always in and around the penalty area waiting for an opportunity to score.

‘He is very good playing with his back to goal, and when he does this he is able to bring his team-mates, especially the wide players, into the game, which is a great strength.’

Having failed to find the target over the course of the first month of the season, Giroud netted his first Arsenal goal – as well as missing a penalty – in their 6-1 Capital One Cup win over Coventry on Wednesday.

Azpilicueta wasn’t surprised to see the French striker finally break his duck, but remains hopeful that the goal doesn’t herald the beginning of a profitable run for the 25-year-old, starting tomorrow in north London.

‘It’s important for a striker to score goals, and now he’s scored his first goal he will have more confidence.

‘Any time a player goes to another country or league, it’s completely normal to have a time of adaptation and adjust to your new team.

‘I’m sure the goal will give him confidence but hopefully he won’t score against us.’

If there is one particular player Roberto Di Matteo’s side will need to stop from having a big influence on proceedings, on current form it would probably be Cazorla.

The creative midfielder, who arrived from Malaga in August, has adjusted to the demands of English football effortlessly, and he is a player Azpilicueta has been aware of for some time.

‘I’ve known Santi for many years, he started out at Villarreal, he’s a fantastic player with a great touch who can also score goals,’ says the Chelsea right-back. ‘He’s a Spain international, and I think he fits in very well at Arsenal because of the way they like to play.

‘Santi is a player who has played many games in the Spanish league and for the national team. In Spain he played regularly on the left wing, whereas since he’s moved to England he’s playing in more of a central role, but he has the quality to play in different positions.’

Azpilicueta was an unused substitute during our first London derby of the campaign, the 0-0 draw at Queens Park Rangers a couple of weeks ago, and he believes tomorrow’s clash could be another day for cool heads.

‘It’s important to win every game,’ he says. ‘But when you play a London derby, and there are lots of them, it’s a special atmosphere, we need to stay focused and try to win the match.’

FIFA 13 OUT TODAY

EA SPORTSFIFA 13 has arrived and is available from today for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

To celebrate, EA SPORTS have designed a special Chelsea club cover featuring three star players as voted by you on Twitter!

We asked you to vote earlier in the year using #CFCFIFA13 and the results are in – Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres are the cover stars for the Chelsea FIFA 13 Special Edition Cover – and it is available for free download now.

Click here to download your special club edition now!

Once you have downloaded your cover for PS3 or Xbox 360, you can print* your sleeve and slip it inside the FIFA 13 cover.

Winner of the prestigious E3 Game Critics award for ‘Best Sports Game’,FIFA 13 captures the unpredictability of real-world football, ensuring no two matches are ever the same.

The game features breakthrough gameplay innovations that create a true battle for possession across the entire pitch and deliver freedom and creativity in attack, as well as engaging online features and live services that connect fans to the heartbeat of the sport—and to each other—through EA SPORTS Football Club.

FIFA 13 is Football’s Social Network, where fans connect, compete and share with millions of others around the world.

Click here to find out more about FIFA 13 and buy your copy.

 

*EA SPORTS recommends that you print your sleeve using standard printer settings.

Your FIFA 13 club sleeve pdf is set to print using CMYK colours at 300 dpi (dots per inch). This is standard high resolution production printing. We recommend you use printer settings which your printer is capable of managing successfully.

Your FIFA 13 sleeve is printed on 170gsm gloss art paper. We recommend you only use a paper type that your printer is capable of managing successfully.

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: ARSENAL V CHELSEA – PART ONE

28.09.2012

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: ARSENAL V CHELSEA – PART ONE

After three home games in a row, the Blues hit the road once more, albeit one only eight miles long…

28.09.2012

PRESS CONFERENCE LIVE THIS AFTERNOON

Chelseafc.com is offering fans the facility to watch Roberto Di Matteo’s pre-match press conference live on your PC…

27.09.2012

STATEMENT ON TERRY HEARING RESULT

Chelsea Football Club has today released a statement following the Football Association’s decision regarding John Terry…

27.09.2012

HALLOWEEN DATE FOR CAPITAL ONE CUP CLASH

The Capital One Cup fourth round match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge will take place on Wednesday 31 October, kick-off 7.45pm…

27.09.2012

GILES SMITH’S THURSDAY THOUGHTS

The season may be more than a month old, but there is still so much to get used to, such as five-syllable names and remonikered silverware. Columnist Giles Smith has some advice…

27.09.2012

CHELSEA TV HEADLINES: DERBY DATE LOOMING

Today’s Chelsea TV headlines come from Cobham, where Roberto Di Matteo and the squad are preparing for Saturday’s lunchtime date with Arsenal at the Emirates…

27.09.2012

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR SPANISH STARS AT STAMFORD BRIDGE

Our Spanish-themed An Audience With… is just days away and there are still tickets available to see Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Cesar Azpilicueta and Oriol Romeu up close and personal at Stamford Bridge.

27.09.2012

WIN YOUR CAMPAIGN SHIRT

To celebrate the release of new movie The Campaign, we have a Chelsea shirt signed by its two stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galiafinakis to give away via Twitter.

27.09.2012

MARIN AIDED BY DEBUT

Marko Marin was pleased to earn his first 20 minutes in a Chelsea shirt on Tuesday night, and now has his sights set on Arsenal at the weekend…

27.09.2012

THE TWEET SPOT: RYAN BERTRAND

Next up in our new social media feature, Ryan Bertrand discusses pre-match, unexpected pronunciation and what went through his head in Munich…

26.09.2012

MAN UNITED TO VISIT IN CAPITAL ONE CUP

The fourth round draw for the Capital One Cup has paired us with Manchester United, the tie to be played at Stamford Bridge…

26.09.2012

YOUNG BLUE MAKES ENGLAND UNDER-19 DEBUT

Chelsea Academy product John Swift was a late substitute for England Under-19s as they began a qualification tournament for the European Championships with a win…

26.09.2012

BERTRAND: FOOT TO THE FLOOR

There was a touch of irony to the fact that after three starts in midfield this season, it was on his return to his more familiar left-back role against Wolves that Ryan Bertrand found the

26.09.2012

LATEST TOTTENHAM TICKET DETAILS ANNOUNCED

The latest ticket selling arrangements for our game away at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 20 October have now been announced…

26.09.2012

DELTA 360? LOUNGE TAKES OFF

Delta Air Lines have today launched the new Delta 360?? Lounge at Stamford Bridge.

26.09.2012

CHELSEA TV HEADLINES: DRAW TODAY

The lunchtime Blues News bulletin, which can be viewed here, comes from a sparsely populated Cobham and contains news of the draw to decide our next opponents in the Capital One Cup…

26.09.2012

ZOLA PRAISE FOR YOUNG BLUE

After selecting the youngster for his first professional start at the weekend, Watford manager and Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola believes Nathaniel Chalobah has what it takes to go all the way…

26.09.2012

CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: THE BOY FROM BRAZIL

Fresh from his debut, our Young Player of the Year Lucas Piazon spoke to Chelsea TV…

26.09.2012

CHELSEA FOUNDATION GIVES AWAY 20,000 POUNDS

Lucky Chelsea Foundation Lottery member Penny Lines scooped £10,000 in the jackpot draw this weekend as £20,000 was shared between 10 finalists.

25.09.2012

FINAL WHISTLE VERDICT: PERFECT PROFESSIONALISM

Assistant coach Eddie Newton was impressed with the side’s display, with the captain coming in for special praise…

25.09.2012

MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 6 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 0

Chelsea cruised into the Capital One Cup fourth round with a straightforward home win against Championship Wolves…

25.09.2012

TEAM NEWS: CHELSEA V WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Cesar Azpilicueta and Lucas Piazon make their Chelsea debuts tonight…

STATEMENT ON TERRY HEARING RESULT

Chelsea Football Club notes and respects today’s decision by the Football Association regarding John Terry.

We also recognise that John has the right to appeal that decision.

It is therefore inappropriate for us to comment further on the matter at this time.