In Review

More bad news for Arsenal as Liverpool lose to Chelsea?

Cesc Fabregas is sent off as Blues beat Reds in the US, while a former Arsenal trainee steals the show

Chelsea drew first blood, literally and metaphorically, ahead of the new season when they beat Liverpool 1-0 in their International Champions Cup clash at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles.

The victory came courtesy of a Gary Cahill header in the tenth minute, but the biggest talking points were a red card for Cesc Fabregas after a studs up challenge on Liverpool new boy Ragnar Klavan, and an injury to another of the Reds' summer signings, Marko Grujic, who was taken to hospital with concussion after a collision with Bertrand Traore.

Cahill and five Liverpool players were also booked during what the Daily Telegraph describes as a "feisty" encounter between the two Premier League heavyweights. 

Afterwards Fabregas apologised to the Liverpool player, who recovered from the challenge and should be fit for Liverpool's next game against AC Milan, although it is thought that Fabregas will be banned from playing against Real Madrid.

A lack of match fitness was blamed for the rash of late and mistimed challenges that led to so many bookings, and Jurgen Klopp said his main concern was the health of Grujic, who he said could not remember the game.

But there were positives for both sides, says The Times, although there could be an unexpected sting in the tail for Arsenal who are enduring yet another miserable summer.

"Liverpool included three summer signings – Loris Karius, in goal, Klavan and [Sadio] Mane – but it was [Ovie] Ejaria, the teenager, who stole the show," says Gary Jacob of the paper. "The former academy midfielder continued his fine form in pre-season with a composed and measured display in a holding position. Ejaria joined the academy two years ago after nine years at Arsenal and could soon be another stick with which Arsene Wenger is beaten."

As for Chelsea, the impact made by its new manager Antonio Conte is clear. The Italian "has introduced an intense training regime in pre-season and his players looked as fit as they were midway through last season", says Jacob. "The Italian said being in good physical condition is the essential base if they are to achieve anything this season. A year ago, Jose Mourinho gave his Chelsea players too much slack and they returned unfit."

Recommended

All at sixes and sevens: a mad day in Premier League history
Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian bumps fists with Aston Villa hat-trick hero Ollie Watkins
In Depth

All at sixes and sevens: a mad day in Premier League history

Team GB will make Olympic history with male and female flag bearers
Two-time Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray was Team GB’s flag bearer at Rio 2016
Sports Shorts

Team GB will make Olympic history with male and female flag bearers

Ryan Giggs denies charges of assaulting two women
Ryan Giggs leaves Manchester Magistrates’ Court
Sports Shorts

Ryan Giggs denies charges of assaulting two women

Nagelsmann to join Bayern in record €25m deal for a manager
Julian Nagelsmann will replace Hansi Flick as Bayern head coach
Sports Shorts

Nagelsmann to join Bayern in record €25m deal for a manager

Popular articles

London mayoral race 2021: who will win?
Night Tube Sadiq Khan
In Depth

London mayoral race 2021: who will win?

What is Donald Trump up to now?
Donald Trump
In Depth

What is Donald Trump up to now?

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: 4 May 2021
10 Downing Street
Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: 4 May 2021