Chelsea’s best and worst players in abysmal Arsenal defeat

Right, where do we start?

Chelsea, or whatever this blue-coated sham is pretending to be, were beaten from pillar to post as they shipped five unanswered goals against one of their biggest rivals. A stunning performance for every bad reason imaginable.

Here are Chelsea’s best and worst players according to 90min‘s player ratings.

Djordje Petrovic – 5/10

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A tough watch at times / GLYN KIRK/GettyImages

Djordje Petrovic made an error which led to a goal inside five minutes and somehow still emerged as the only Chelsea player with any shred of dignity intact.

The stopper dusted himself off and made four or five truly excellent saves to stop this from being even worse.

Axel Disasi – 1/10

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Disasi was disastrous / Julian Finney/GettyImages

There’s some serious competition for this honour, but Axel Disasi’s seamless impression of a broken training cone gets him the nod here.

Returning straight to the starting lineup after an injury enforced absence, Disasi was left hoping this was all a medically induced fever dream as he found himself shockingly behind Arsenal’s electric forwards.

Dishonourable mention

Benoit Badiashile – 1/10

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Nowhere near good enough / Richard Sellers/Allstar/GettyImages

Mauricio Pochettino made the genius call of dropping his two most in-form defenders, Trevoh Chalobah and Thiago Silva, in favour of recalling Disasi and Benoit Badiashile. In hindsight, a bit of a bad call.

Badiashile seemingly forgot how to pass to his own team in the second half and, like a Ralph Wiggum heartbreak, you could almost see the moment the confidence started to bleed out of him.

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Everton vs Liverpool: Preview, predictions and lineups

Everton could hand a huge blow to Liverpool’s Premier League title charge when they host the Merseyside derby on Wednesday night.

Both clubs picked up important victories on Sunday, with Everton alleviating their fears of relegation with a controversial 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest, while Liverpool kept pace at the top of the table by beating Fulham 3-1.

Sean Dyche’s side aren’t out of the mire just yet, but three points on home soil thanks to avid Luton Town VAR operator Stuart Attwell means the Toffees are perhaps just another win or two away from safety. They’re going in search for their first victory over their bitter Merseyside rivals at Goodison Park in 14 years on Wednesday night.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds reignited their title bid in west London at the weekend having lost at home to Crystal Palace the week before. They, along with Arsenal, can heap the pressure on favourites Manchester City ahead of their trip to Brighton on Thursday night.

Here’s 90min’s preview of Wednesday night’s Merseyside derby.

Everton vs Liverpool H2H record (all-time)

Current form (all competitions)

Everton

Liverpool

Everton 2-0 Nottingham Forest – 21/04/24

Fulham 1-3 Liverpool – 21/04/24

Chelsea 6-0 Everton – 15/04/24

Atalanta 0-1 Liverpool – 18/04/24

Everton 1-0 Burnley – 06/04/24

Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace – 14/04/24

Newcastle 1-1 Everton – 02/04/24

Liverpool 0-3 Atalanta – 11/04/24

Bournemouth 2-1 Everton – 30/03/24

Man Utd 2-2 Liverpool – 07/04/24

Country

TV channel/live stream

United Kingdom

Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Ultra HD, SKY GO Extra

United States

Peacock

Canada

fuboTV

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a doubt for Wednesday’s game / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Sean Dyche could be without his two preferred striker options on Wednesday. Beto is unlikely to feature following his nasty collision with Morgan Gibbs-White on Sunday, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin picked up another knock against Forest and is a doubt for the derby.

Merseyside derby veteran Seamus Coleman is unlikely to feature with a groin injury. Dele Alli is also not ready for a recall to the matchday squad.

Everton predicted lineup vs Liverpool (4-4-1-1): Pickford; Patterson, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko; Harrison, Onana, Gueye, McNeil; Doucoure; Calvert-Lewin.

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Jurgen Klopp shuffled his pack on Sunday at Fulham / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Just the one fresh injury concern for Klopp, who confirmed during Tuesday’s press conference that he will be without Diogo Jota for the next few weeks after a minor injury issue. Conor Bradley, Joel Matip, Ben Doak and Thiago Alcantara all remain sidelined.

Alexis Mac Allister, Mohamed Salah, Dominik Szoboszlai and Ibrahima Konate could all return to the Liverpool team in midweek.

Liverpool predicted lineup vs Everton (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Endo, Mac Allister, Szoboszlai; Salah, Nunez, Diaz.

Goodison won’t be quite as angsty on Wednesday given Everton’s victory on Sunday which relieved a ton of pressure, but the Toffees will nonetheless be desperate to hinder their rivals’ title quest.

Liverpool secured an impressive three points at the weekend after a potentially season-crushing week, and Klopp will be able to call upon a group of fresh core players in midweek. Mohamed Salah could return with a vengeance and haunt Everton again, with the hosts bound to cede territory and control in bid to play on the counter-attack.

However, will they be able to muster enough going forward with a half-fit Calvert-Lewin leading the line? Liverpool should win the derby again on Wednesday.

Prediction: Everton 0-2 Liverpool

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Arsenal’s best and worst players in emphatic win over Chelsea

Arsenal sent a rocket up their Premier League title push with a dominant 5-0 mauling of Chelsea.

The Gunners put on a dominant show at the Emirates, providing a clinical performance to silence Mauricio Pochettino’s side. It was a semi-nervy first half for Mikel Arteta’s squad, but after securing their second goal, Chelsea proved no threat against the hosts and were beaten into submission.

Here are Arsenal’s best and worst players from the game according to 90min‘s player ratings.

Ben White – 10/10

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White scored twice against the Blues / Catherine Ivill – AMA/GettyImages

Ben White looked to be a constant threat against the Blues, making marauding runs up and down the pitch. His efforts enabled him to earn his first senior brace, albeit with luck on his side.

His opening goal fired into the bottom right corner from his left foot, a cultured finish yet uncharacteristic for the right-back.

An element of fortune was on his side for the second, but he still had to be in the right place at the right time to finish it.

Honourable mention

Martin Odegaard – 9/10

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Odegaard was unreal at the Emirates / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Martin Odegaard’s performance against Chelsea may have been his best ever in an Arsenal shirt, which speaks volumes as he was unable to carve his name onto the scoresheet.

His turns were almost unfathomable, making him one of the most useful playmakers on the pitch. Odegaard looked to almost tease the Blues, and there was nothing they could do to stop him in his tracks.

William Saliba – 6/10

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Saliba looked nervy in moments / Visionhaus/GettyImages

It’s difficult to pick a worst player when a team wins 5-0, but William Saliba looked slightly nervous in the first half, especially when playing against Nicolas Jackson.

He looked to struggle in the pace battle against the striker, and sometimes gave him too much space in attack, but does anybody care about that?

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Man Utd in talks over ‘multi-million dollar’ Disney documentary

Manchester United are understood to be in talks with Disney over the possibility of striking a “multi-million dollar” deal to create documentary about the club.

Sports documentaries have become a huge hit on streaming platforms in recent years, with both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video each hitting the category hard. Welcome to Wrexham has been a big success on Disney+, which also carries a variety of existing and original sports series and films.

The Athletic notes that the conversations between Disney and United for a project that is so far considered “conceptual” have focused on Sir Alex Ferguson’s era of success. The idea is that there would be “substantial” interview time with the legendary manager himself, plus access to the club’s archive footage, as well as ambassadors like Bryan Robson and Peter Schmeichel.

No deal is thought to have been reached, with United holding out for more than the “low seven figure” offer on the table, less than when Disney previously engaged in talks two years ago. Such a project would also need to be agreed to by Ferguson and the former players, while United would retain “editorial oversight”, which has been standard for clubs granting access.

The Athletic adds there have no been talks between Disney and United about an up to date behind the scenes style series, a la Welcome to Wrexham or the many All or Nothing docuseries that have been made by Amazon. Manchester City documented their 2022/23 treble season for a film now streaming on Netflix, while Liverpool are currently filming Jurgen Klopp’s final campaign.

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Sports documentaries have become big business on streaming services like Disney+ / SOPA Images/GettyImages

Disney+ carries ESPN’s extensive documentary catalogue, including many from the wide-ranging 30 for 30 series that began in 2009, while Matildas: The World at Our Feet and Save Our Squad with David Beckham are original football-based productions released within the last couple of years.

Amazon Prime Video is premiering 99 on 17 May, an original series focusing on United’s treble season 25 years on, as told by Sir Alex Ferguson and former players – including David Beckham, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Peter Schmeichel and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But it has not been produced in conjunction with the club and United will not directly profit from it.

Another documentary about the club, The United Way, was released by Sky in 2021. Meanwhile, United additionally have a string of their own in-house produced documentaries on MUTV.

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Diogo Jota ruled out of Liverpool’s upcoming games through injury

Jurgen Klopp has ruled Diogo Jota out of Liverpool’s upcoming fixtures, with the Portuguese forward expected to miss the next two weeks due to injury.

Having only returned to action earlier this month following a knee problem, Jota is sidelined again after discovering discomfort in his hip while scoring against Fulham last Sunday.

Jota’s new injury trouble comes at a worrying time for Liverpool, who are still battling Arsenal and Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

Speaking before the Reds make the very short trip across Stanley Park to face Everton on Wednesday night, Klopp revealed the severity of Jota’s injury.

“Diogo scored the goal, felt a little bit and now we’ve found out it’s a bit more so he will be out for two weeks,” the Liverpool bos explained.

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Klopp will be without Jota against Everton / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

“Before the game where he didn’t start [against Atalanta], he got a knock – normal challenge, then felt a little bit at the hip. That was then fine because we didn’t start him, we brought him on, that was alright.

“Then, he started the last game [against Fulham], was obviously okay and then with the finish, it’s a small one but we are late in the season so now it’s not a great moment for each injury. It’s not a big one. When I say two weeks, actually it’s pretty much nothing, but enough to not be available.”

With Jota out of the picture for the time being, Darwin Nunez is set to step up after spending recent time on the bench. Liverpool will enter the Merseyside derby with plenty to aim for, sitting behind Premier League leaders Arsenal on goal difference alone.

It will be Klopp’s final time leading the Reds through the anticipated fixture, before he then bids farewell to his team at the end of the season.

Speaking on the fixture, Klopp said: “I am very positive. You have to win games and I think we know how to do that. We have to overcome each opponent in a specific way.”

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