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18 games, 12 clean sheets – Arsenal signing this in-form Olympiakos ace will serve them well

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Centre-back Ba had caught the attention of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta after his standout displays in Olympiakos’ Europa League victory over the Gunners earlier in the season. Meanwhile, Ba, who joined Olympiakos in January 2019 wasn’t a main feature in the Greek outfit until the second half of the season.

After joining Olympiakos from GFC Ajaccio in January, the Senegalese was soon sent back on loan to his former club to finish the season with them. However, since returning to the Olympiakos last summer, Ba found game time increasingly limited due to the presence of four centre-backs already in the side.

The 24-year-old defender was way down the pecking order of things under manager Pedro Martins before things started changing in his favour. Ba, who until December last year featured in just one of their league games, suddenly became a constant presence at the back due to his consistent displays. Ba played in 13 of Olympiakos’ last 14 league outings, establishing himself as one of the regulars.

The in-form Ba has made 18 appearances in total for Olympiakos this season across all competitions and has an impressive 12 clean sheets to his name.

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PICTURES: Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell join Chelsea training

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Chelsea returned to training today (Wednesday) at Cobham, and there were two new faces joining the rest of the squad, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. The two summer arrivals had yet to train with the squad since signing, dealing with quarantine (presumably) and heel injury issues, respectively.

It’s unclear if either will be fit and ready for this weekend’s match against Liverpool, but it’s still nice to see them in training with the rest of the group! (Those who played on Monday apparently had a lighter session, but were all out there nonetheless.)

There’s no word on how close Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic may be. Ziyech is probably still a couple weeks out with his knee problem, at least, but Pulisic was supposed to be close before suffering a potential setback with his hamstring late last week. Neither were pictured in training, and one would assume their presence would get emphasized had they been there.

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

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