Lewis Hamilton and Serena Williams pledge £20m in bid, Azpilicueta in fan spat, Chelsea LOSE to Arsenal – takeover news

Lewis Hamilton and Serena Williams pledge £20m in bid, Azpilicueta in fan spat, Chelsea LOSE to Arsenal – takeover news

LEWIS HAMILTON and Serena Williams have pledged £20million to contribute to Sir Martin Broughton's consortium who are bidding to buy Chelsea.

Broughton is a former Liverpool chairman and was also a British Airways chief.

The Blues lost their big Premier League clash with Arsenal 4-2 last night as the tame end to their' season continues.

And Thomas Tuchel was not happy with the pitch, blaming it on Andreas Christensen's error which led to Eddie Nketiah's first goal.

"To say that the pitch is difficult to play here is maybe sounds like an excuse but it is a very, very difficult pitch that we have here," Tuchel said.

"It is not to our favour. The ball bounces very, very awkwardly in front of Andreas [Christensen] when he wants to play this ball."

Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta also got into a heated argument with a fan after the game, just minutes after the Spaniard gave away a penalty which Bukayo Saka scored to seal three points for the Gunners.

Keep up to date with all of the latest updates from the takeover in our live blog…

  • Alex Cole

    Sir Lewis Hamilton and Serena Williams join Sir Martin Broughton’s bid to buy Chelsea

    Lewis Hamilton and Serena Williams have added their names to the hat for a shocking Chelsea takeover.

    Sky Sports report that the bid for the Blues spearheaded by Sir Martin Broughton, includes investments from two sporting superstars.

    They have an estimated £10m each in the offer.

    Sir Lewis and Williams have been in talks with Broughton's group for several weeks.

    Hamilton is an Arsenal fan, which adds an element of surprise to this breaking news.

    The five-time champion will be competing in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Italy this weekend.

  • Alex Cole

    Hasselbaink blames centre-backs and slams Lukaku's 'desire'

    Hasselbaink slated the Lukaku, who made his first start since February, as well as Malang Sarr and Andreas Christensen.

    He said: "Sarr and Christensen can’t make those sorts of mistakes in these kind of matches.”

    The duo were given starts as Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger missed out.

    Both were part of a Chelsea defence that was mistake ridden and punished by a ruthless Arsenal.

    After the game match Hasselbaink, 50, continued his dismantling of Chelsea's £97.5 million striker who has just five league goals to his name this season.

    He said: "Lukaku, you've not had the best games show that you are the man and really want it.

    "Go and show that desire I didn't see it. That desire, I didn't see it."

    "They were well under par but Lukaku, Christensen, Sarr and Alonso were just not good enough for a Chelsea team who should be challenging for the Champions League or Premier League."

    This isn't the first time Lukaku has been on the receiving end of criticism since he returned to Stamford Bridge.

    Earlier this campaign he was slammed by Graeme Souness after the striker said in an interview that he was unhappy at Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel's style of play.

  • Alex Cole

    Hasselbaink rages about Lukaku: ‘Try and show that you’re bothered’ 

    Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has criticised the performance of three players including Romelu Lukaku after their 4-2 defeat to Arsenal, writes ALEX SMITH.

    Credit: Action Images – Reuters

    He said on Sky Sports: “For Chelsea today it was a really bad performance.

    “Lukaku, he doesn’t do enough. If you want to be the man you’ve got to run around.

    “You need to try and show that you’re bothered. You need to want to suffer.

    ‘He doesn’t run around, he doesn’t go into gaps, he doesn’t demand the ball off his players. 

    “At least show some passion. There was no passion from Lukaku."

  • Alex Cole

    Tuchel blames Chelsea PITCH for Christensen’s howler

    Thomas Tuchel blamed the Stamford Bridge PITCH for Chelsea's horror 4-2 loss to Arsenal, writes KEALAN HUGHES.

    It is Chelsea's third consecutive home defeat having been beaten by Brentford and Real Madrid previously.

    But rather than criticise his team or Andreas Christensen's costly mistake, Tuchel blamed the pitch.

    The German boss claimed the ball bobbled awkwardly when Christensen attempted to pass the ball back to Edouard Mendy – only for Eddie Nketiah to pinch the ball and score to put Arsenal 1-0 up.

    Tuchel suggested a similar problem with the pitch caused Mendy's mistake against Real, with Karim Benzema taking advantage on that occasion.

    In his post-match press conference the Chelsea manager said: "It is a very difficult pitch we have here. It's not to our favour.

    "The ball bounces very awkwardly in front of Andreas when he wants to play this ball.

    "We had the same mistake against Real Madrid in the Champions League that cost us the next round and it cost us again here."

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea ratings – subs

    THIAGO SILVA – 6/10

    Looked a lot more assured than Christensen but still couldn't provide Chelsea with the focus and shape to keep a clean sheet in the second half.

    KAI HAVERTZ – 6/10

    Offered more than Lukaku as he dropped into midfield to link the play, but still didn't have much more joy in the final third.

    HAKIM ZIYECH – 6/10

    Had very little impact when he came on as Chelsea chased an equaliser.

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea ratings – attack

    MASON MOUNT – 7/10

    Provided a delicious cross for Azpilicueta's equaliser and constantly panicked the Arsenal shape with his movement in between the lines.

    His passing range really is something to behold but he did fade as the match wore on.

    ROMELU LUKAKU – 5/10

    Was definitely the quietest member of the Chelsea attack.

    Linked up well with Werner and Mount on a couple of occasions but still seems to be lacking the sharpness and confidence that he signed with.

    Was hooked for Kai Havertz in the second half after another difficult evening.

    TIMO WERNER – 8/10

    The so often frustrated German finally enjoyed some luck in front of goal as his deflected shot crawled in beyond the despairing dive of Ramsdale.

    Looked a constant threat all evening with his pace and directness on the left-hand side. Also gave Arsenal nightmares with his energy through the middle. A huge fan favourite among the Blues faithful and you can see why.

    The goals and assists are now beginning to add to his already impressive all-round displays.

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea ratings – midfield and wing-backs

    CESAR AZPILICUETA – 5/10

    Was given a lot of trouble when Nuno Tavares, Smith Rowe and Nketiah smothered him on the left.

    Got his goal at the other end and is clearly a valuable leader to a somewhat inexperienced back three, but failed to really provide the quality you expect to see from such a consummate professional.

    Then gave a stupid penalty away in the dying seconds before an ugly confrontation with a fan at full-time.

    RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK – 7/10

    Won the ball back smartly moments before Werner's equaliser.

    Seems to have a good understanding with Kante about when to stay and when to go. Impressed as much as a central midfielder of his ilk could do in a frantic game with very little structure or rhythm.

    N'GOLO KANTE – 5/10

    Looked at his sharpest and most energetic best in the early stages as he recovered possession several times when the Gunners attempted to break.

    But then seemed to lose his way in the match somewhat. Odegaard found the space around him and was able to dictate Arsenal's attacks as Kante played catch-up.

    Was criminally caught ball watching when Nketiah burst in to score.

    MARCOS ALONSO – 5/10

    Much better going forward than going back the other way.

    Saka had him beat all ends up on numerous occasions and Sarr was forced to cover the space Alonso was leaving for the England international to run into.

    Not his finest evening, but still offered his usual attacking threat.

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea ratings – back three

    REECE JAMES – 6/10

    Despite being a wing-back by trade, James looked the most comfortable of Chelsea's three centre-backs.

    Proving to be the most versatile player in Tuchel's squad, although is still probably most effective on the flank.

    ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN – 3/10

    Produced an absolute howler to gift Arsenal the lead inside a quarter of an hour, failing to get enough on his pass back to Mendy as Eddie Nketiah raced through to score.

    Was hooked for Thiago Silva at half-time after a torrid 45 minutes. May well be the last we seen of him in a Chelsea shirt as his contract expires in the summer and he is reportedly joining Barcelona.

    MALANG SARR – 4/10

    Was a guilty of rashly running out to meet Martin Odegaard and allowing space in behind.

    Had a shocking moment for Arsenal's third goal as he was caught napping with Kante before Nketiah nipped in to score his second.

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea ratings from last night's loss

    Timo Werner continued his fine run of form with another sensational display for Chelsea despite their 4-2 defeat to Arsenal, writes DYLAN TERRY.

    But he was one of the only players in Blue to come out of the game with any credit as Thomas Tuchel's hapless side endured an error-prone evening.

    Andreas Christensen had an absolute shocker and was hauled off after 45 minutes in what could turn out to be his final game in a Chelsea shirt.

    Here is how SunSport's Terry saw the Chelsea team perform.

    EDOUARD MENDY – 6/10

    Made a smart stop with his feet to deny Gabriel in the first few minutes of the game.

    The Emile Smith Rowe goal looked at first glance as though it was a soft one to concede, but the replays showed it was difficult for Mendy to get across.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Good morning Chelsea fans

    Chelsea came crashing down from their FA Cup semi-final win over Crystal Palace last weekend with a 4-2 defeat to Arsenal in Wednesday night’s Prem clash.

    The Gunners went 1-0 up through Eddie Nketiah before Timo Werner equalised for Chelsea. Emile Smith Rowe put them in front again but Cesar Azpilicueta pulled the Blues level for a second time.

    But Nketiah secured his brace in the second half and Bukayo Saka added a late penalty to produce a vital win for Mikel Arteta's side in West London.

    The Blues’ home advantage was hampered after Stamford Bridge had 10,000 fewer Blues fans than normal as sanctions against Russian owner Roman Abramovich prevented Chelsea from selling home tickets.

    Arsenal fans decided to poke fun on the home end's empty seats claiming they are going back to the hapless times before outgoing owner Roman Abramovich took over.

    They chanted: "There's nobody here, just like the old days, there's nobody here."

    But Chelsea supporters had some fun of their own as they reminded their London rivals they have never won a Champions League.

    They chanted: "Champions of Europe, you'll never sing that."

    And Arsenal responded with: "'Where's your money gone?"

    However, Chelsea imploded after the game when Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta angrily confronted a club fan in the stands.

    Azpilicueta appeared to take exception to something the fan shouted after the referee blew for full-time.

    He put his arms out in confusion as the fan gestured towards him from the stand, seeming to imply Chelsea needed to show more fight.

    Azpilicueta was clearly taken aback by that so pointed at the fan and began gesturing towards him.

    The defender then walked over to the stand to settle the dispute, appearing to criticise the fan for clapping sarcastically.

    The supporter began to argue his case before holding his hands up to the Spaniard to apologise, before giving him a thumbs up.

    Other Chelsea fans in the area seemed to be offering support to Azpilicueta – telling him to ignore the fan who likely voiced criticism of the result.

    Meanwhile, A man has been arrested after Chelsea star Reece James’ safe was stolen during a burglary at his home.

    Police have confirmed that a 31-year-old man from Hampshire has been detained and remains under investigation.

    Last year the England star revealed shocking CCTV of the moment “cowardly” thugs broke into his home and stole his football medals.

    James, 21, said a group of robbers broke into his house in September and snatched a safe containing his Champions League, Super Cup, and Euro 2020 medals.

    Elsewhere, The three consortiums bidding to buy Chelsea have reportedly been asked to submit further details about their business plan and how they intend to fund the club.

    Raine, the bank overseeing the sale, are seeking greater detail from the bids fronted by Todd Boehly, Sir Martin Broughton and Stephen Pagliuca.

    The trio submitted their binding improved offers last week but have now been asked to provide forecasts and answer questions put to them by Raine, report The Telegraph.

    It is not clear whether this step to intake further information will delay the bidding process – deadlines have been flexible and occasionally put back to accommodate the interested parties.

    It is believed a decision on the preferred buyer could still be made this week but Chelsea are keen to complete due diligence on the three consortiums.

    And finally, Former England defender Glen Johnson has advised Conor Gallagher to make the right decision in terms of what club he plays for next season.

    When speaking to Bettingods.com, he said: “Gallagher’s been doing well, impressing pretty much everyone. You just hope that he doesn’t go back to Chelsea and not get game time and that will slow his progress down.

    “That’s going to be a tough one. For me he just needs to play. This is when they get some nice form and learn their trade a bit more.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Twitter blast Lukaku

    Twitter blasted Romelu Lukaku's "hall of shame performance" as the Chelsea striker endured another terrible night in blue.

    The £97million man got the nod for the 4-2 London derby defeat against Arsenal.

    But he was totally anonymous throughout his 60 minutes on the pitch.

    And fans on social media were quick to criticise the under-firing flop, who is still stuck on just five Premier League goals this term.

    One said: "Lukaku worst signing of the season? Gotta be."

    Another wrote: "Lukaku is so poor."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Azpilicueta confronts Chelsea fans

    Still smarting from his ridiculous decision to foul Bukayo Saka late on.

    Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta appeared to approach some of his side's own fans at the final whistle.

    An unleashed a furious tirade in their direction.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea crash to Arsenal

    Chelsea have lost to 4-2 to Arsenal in Wednesday night's Prem clash.

    It was 2-2 between the two sides after an epic first-half period.

    But Nkietah restored Arsenal's lead before Bukayo Saka put the game to bed with a assured penalty following some calamitous defending by Cesar Azpilicueta in the final stages of the game.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Xhaka’s moment of brilliance

    Arsenal’s second goal against Chelsea started with a moment of brilliance by Granit Xhaka in his own box.

    Xhaka picked up the ball in Gunners goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale’s area and decided to move the ball forward himself.

    First, the midfielder dribbled past Romelu Lukaku before leaving the crowd in awe with a stunning nutmeg past Macos Alonso.

    The Switzerland international then switched with Martin Odegaard, who found Bukayo Saka down his right.

    Saka drove the ball forward and passed to Odegaard back on the edge of the box.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea fall behind again

    Chelsea have fallen behind Arsenal once again in this thrilling London derby.

    Arsenal ace Eddie Nkietah has given the Gunners the lead once more after opening the scoring in the game.

    A misplaced pass by Cesar Azpilicueta sets Nuno Tavares racing down the left, and his centre is controlled by Nketiah, who spins smartly away from the flummoxed Thiago Silva in one movement.

    It sparks a spell of pinball as the ball cannons off Andreas Christensen, Malang Sarr and N'Golo Kante, before dropping kindly for the Arsenal striker to prod home.

  • Justin Lawrence

    London rivals level at half-time

    Chelsea and Arsenal are drawing 2-2 after an epic first half.

    Eddie Nkietah gave Arsenal the lead after Christensen's mistake.

    But Timo Werner quickly equalised for the Blues after he cut in from the left and saw his effort deflect past Aaron Ramsdale.

    However, Arsenal then restored their lead after a well-worked counter-attack was finished off by Smith Rowe.

    But, the game was again levelled when Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta converted from a cross to make it 2-2 just after the half hour mark.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Christensen howler gave Arsenal lead

    Arsenal were given the lead at Chelsea following a howler by Andreas Christensen.

    The defender, set to join Barcelona on a free this summer, made a mess of what should have been a routine clearance.

    But his weak back pass fell well short of keeper Edouard Mendy and put striker Eddie Nketiah through on goal.

    The forward did the rest as he finished past Mendy to give Arsenal an early advantage.

    It was shades of Jorginho's gaffe last year which gave Emile Smith Rowe a tap in.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Empty Stamford Bridge

    Empty seats were on show all around Stamford Bridge during the London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal as the Blues felt the pinch of the sanctions on them.

    Stamford Bridge had 10,000 fewer Blues fans than normal as sanctions against Russian owner Roman Abramovich prevented Chelsea from selling home tickets.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Tuchel on Rudiger absence

    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed why Antonio Rudiger is absent from the Blues squad to play Arsenal.

    He said: "It is groin pain and a little, minor injury.

    "It is a matter of days, I hope, and the doctors told me that today is unfortunately too soon, but he will be close for the West Ham game."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Mount rises to magic milestone

    Mason Mount is in red hot form, and will tonight make his 100th Premier League appearance for Chelsea.

    At just 23 years of age, the England international is the fourth youngest player to hit the century mark for the Stamford Bridge club.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Reece James burglar arrested

    A man has been arrested after Chelsea star Reece James' safe was stolen during a burglary at his home.

    Police have confirmed that a 31-year-old man from Hampshire has been detained and remains under investigation.

    Last year the England star revealed shocking CCTV of the moment "cowardly" thugs broke into his home and stole his football medals.

    James, 21, said a group of robbers broke into his house in September and snatched a safe containing his Champions League, Super Cup, and Euro 2020 medals.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Tuchel on Conte and Spurs

    Thomas Tuchel has revealed he was unhappy when Tottenham crashed out of the Europa Conference League with Antonio Conte leading them.

    Tuchel said: "I was not happy when Tottenham went out of the UEFA Conference League because I know what Antonio Conte can do with teams when they are focused and he can train them physically.

    “I thought this would be a huge uplift for them in the domestic competition, and the same for Arsenal when they went out of the cup.

    "I felt this would be a huge boost for them because they have a very young and talented team, so to train them and to be focused on one competition can be an advantage.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Scholes makes prediction

    Arsenal and Chelsea will heap more misery on Man United when the Red Devils collide with the North London teams consecutively in the Prem.

    That’s the opinion of ex-United star Paul Scholes who made the bleak prediction after United lost to Liverpool.

    Scholes said: “They (Man United) look worse than a mid-table team.

    You just can’t see that on that performance. We are going down near eighth.

    “Arsenal aren’t a great team, then there is Chelsea. Those are two games they are going to lose.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Partey back on

    Arsenal ace Thomas Partey is working hard at the gymas he steps up his recovery from injury.

    The 28-year-old shared a video on his personal Instagram account showing him breaking a sweat on the spin bike.

    He will miss tonight’s crunch Premier League clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

    Partey joins Kieran Tierney on the sidelines,with the Scotland international undergoing surgery on his knee.

    It is a major blow to Arteta’s already wafer-thin Arsenal squad, whose top-four bid is in grave peril.

  • Emillia Hawkins

    Decision time

    The three consortiums bidding to buy Chelsea have reportedly been asked to submit further details about their business plan and how they intend to fund the club.

    Raine, the bank overseeing the sale, are seeking greater detail from the bids fronted by Todd Boehly, Sir Martin Broughton and Stephen Pagliuca.

    The trio submitted their binding improved offers last week but have now been asked to provide forecasts and answer questions put to them by Raine, report The Telegraph.

    It is not clear whether this step to intake further information will delay the bidding process – deadlines have been flexible and occasionally put back to accommodate the interested parties.

    It is believed a decision on the preferred buyer could still be made this week but Chelsea are keen to complete due diligence on the three consortiums.

    Blues chairman Bruce Buck and director Marina Granovskaia are part of the group deciding who gets to buy the club, and will be keen to safeguard both the club's future and Roman Abramovich's legacy.

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