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VAR fails Arsenal again as Rob Holding proves worth to Mikel Arteta’s backline

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Arsenal’s rotten return to Premier League football continued with a second loss in as many games following Neal Maupay’s last gasp winner for Brighton at the AMEX Stadium.

Bernd Leno Injured

One the whole, Mikel Arteta’s side produced a much improved performance from that at Manchester City in midweek. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was relentless in drifting behind the Brighton defence and Bukayo Saka was very comfortable filling the gaps he left. Too often, however, Arsenal squandered their chances.

Bernd Leno

Nicolas Pepe’s goal was outstanding as he bent the ball into the far corner but being just one goal ahead instead of two or three left the Gunners way too vulnerable in the closing stages of the game.

VAR fails Arsenal again
The major talking point from the defeat was Bernd Leno’s injury in the first half. Rising early to collect the ball – initially unchallenged – this should have been a routine action for the German. Instead, he now joins a growing list of injuries which was the worst possibility to come from the situation.

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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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