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BEN CHILWELL has returned to Stamford Bridge from England duty and will play no part against Denmark.

Meanwhile we have the very latest on Victor Moses’ future, while Blues legend Petr Cech has been spotted back at the Bridge.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

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Former Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny backs Mesut Ozil in his row with Mikel Arteta

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Laurent Koscielny has weighed into the debate over Mesut Ozil’s omission from Arsenal‘s plans, insisting his former team-mate is ‘always professional’ and ‘undoubtedly’ has the quality to start for the Gunners. 

The 2018 World Cup winner – who is earning £350,000 per week at Arsenal – has been ruthlessly axed by Mikel Arteta, excluding him from both his Premier League and Europa League 25-man squads.  

And Ozil’s exclusion has led to a war of words between both Arteta and the German playmaker’s agent, who accused the Arsenal boss of being ‘dishonest’ over his client’s exile.

Laurent Koscielny has hailed Mesut Ozil's ability on the pitch, labelling the German a 'maestro'

Laurent Koscielny has hailed Mesut Ozil's ability on the pitch, labelling the German a 'maestro'

Laurent Koscielny has hailed Mesut Ozil’s ability on the pitch, labelling the German a ‘maestro’

Ozil has been axed from Mikel Arteta's Premier League and Europa League squads

Ozil has been axed from Mikel Arteta's Premier League and Europa League squads

Ozil has been axed from Mikel Arteta’s Premier League and Europa League squads

And former Gunners captain Koscielny has backed Ozil in the furore surrounding his future, telling L’Equipe via Sport Witness: ‘As a man, he’s a very good person, who got along with all his team-mates. 

‘He gave a lot, helped sick children. He is a generous person, with whom I got along very well. As a player, he is in my opinion a phenomenon. He can find passes that no one sees, he’s a maestro. He can rock a game with incredible passes.’

Koscielny – who played with Ozil at the Emirates between 2013 and 2019 – went onto add that the midfielder is a ‘real talent’ that would only help Arsenal’s laboured attack. 

The Frenchman said: ‘We’re both part of the “Arsene Wenger Generation”. The coach loved him as a player. It was more complicated with Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta. Knowing him, he must always be professional in training, always on time. 

‘He is undoubtedly at the level demanded by the Premier League. There is probably a certain case with the club since last year, I hope both sides find a deal that works for everyone. 

Unai Emery also excluded Ozil from his plans for the majority of his tenure at Arsenal

Unai Emery also excluded Ozil from his plans for the majority of his tenure at Arsenal

Unai Emery also excluded Ozil from his plans for the majority of his tenure at Arsenal

‘He is a competitor. I hope to see him back on the pitch soon, at Arsenal or elsewhere, because he is real talent.’

Ozil – who originally blasted Arsenal of lacking ‘loyalty’ – has not featured under Arteta since last season was brought to a halt in March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

And before Arteta was appointed as manager last December, Ozil had also been watching on from the sidelines during the majority of Unai Emery’s tenure. 

The 32-year-old’s days at the Emirates appear all but over and following the decision to omit Ozil this season, his agent Dr Erkut Sogut launched a staunch defence of his client and criticised Arteta – who said the decision was ‘football’ related – over how the situation has unfolded.

Sogut told ESPN: ‘Arsenal fans deserve an honest explanation, not [Arteta] saying, “I failed Ozil.”

‘You didn’t fail Ozil. You failed to be fair, honest and transparent and treat someone with respect who has a contract and was loyal all the time.

‘Every single person outside knows he hasn’t treated him fairly. He didn’t give him a chance to show himself this season. If he is still under contract, the player should have the option to stay and fight for his place. Mesut hasn’t been given that.

Ozil hasn't played for Arsenal since last season was stopped due to the coronavirus outbreak

Ozil hasn't played for Arsenal since last season was stopped due to the coronavirus outbreak

Ozil hasn’t played for Arsenal since last season was stopped due to the coronavirus outbreak

‘I spoke with at least five team-mates who say he is training great. They say Mesut is one of their best players, and they cannot understand why he is left out. So it can’t be the training. If it is not the pitch, what are the footballing reasons? If you talk, you should tell the truth that the Arsenal fans deserve, otherwise don’t talk at all.’

But Arteta hit back before Arsenal’s defeat to Leicester, claiming he has remained ‘honest’ over Ozil’s enforced absence.

Arteta said, via The Mirror: ‘If you have to lead, they have to trust you. In order for them to trust you, you have to be honest.

‘You have to be clear and you have to be able to tell people, face to face, the good and bad news.

‘Then you have to be consistent in what you say, the demands you put in and what you apply.

‘When things happen, you applaud them and then when they don’t, there are consequences. Then you create a culture and within that culture people have to be accountable.

Dr Erkut Sogut (right) slammed the Arsenal head coach for his treatment of the playmaker

Dr Erkut Sogut (right) slammed the Arsenal head coach for his treatment of the playmaker

Dr Erkut Sogut (right) slammed the Arsenal head coach for his treatment of the playmaker

Ozil had blasted Arsenal for lacking 'loyalty' in a statement but stopped short of blaming Arteta

Ozil had blasted Arsenal for lacking 'loyalty' in a statement but stopped short of blaming Arteta

Ozil had blasted Arsenal for lacking ‘loyalty’ in a statement but stopped short of blaming Arteta

‘People have to step up and they have to demand the standards we need of each other from this football club in order to be successful.’

Since Ozil’s axe, he has been taking to Twitter to let his followers know that he is still supporting his team-mates on from home.

He provided a live commentary on his Twitter feed as Arsenal came from behind to beat Rapid Vienna 2-1 in the Europa League last Thursday before taking to social media ahead of the defeat against Leicester.  

Prior to Sunday’s match at the Emirates, Ozil posted highlights of Arsenal’s 3-1 victory at home to Leicester in 2018, where he shone as Man of the Match.

He wrote: ‘Ok, Gooners. A little warmup for tonight to get in the mood for the big clash against @LCFC.’

Ozil then tweeted: ‘My prediction for today – 2:1 for the @Arsenal! goal scorers: Auba, Laca … and the creative Maddison for LFC. What are yours?’ before wishing Luiz a speedy recovery after pulling up in the second half.

Ozil was once again supporting his team-mates from home on Sunday against Leicester

Ozil was once again supporting his team-mates from home on Sunday against Leicester

Ozil was once again supporting his team-mates from home on Sunday against Leicester

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12.45pm Arsenal news LIVE: Aubameyang ‘takes tablets’, Partey told not to ‘waste prime years like Ozil’, Aouar latest

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ARSENAL were beaten 1-0 by Leicester as a Jamie Vardy header secured the Foxes first away win against the Gunners in 47 years.

And there was more bad news for Arsenal fans as captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was seen taking tablets in the first half, sparking fears that he is nursing an injury.

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UFC 254 LIVE REACTION: Khabib RETIRES after win, McGregor vs Gaethje mooted, star BROKE toes WEEKS ago claims Dana White

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UFC President Dana White has delivered another snub to Conor McGregor and Jon Jones – after declaring Khabib the GOAT.

White hailed Russian Nurmagomedov as the Greatest Of All Time and pound for pound best after he sensationally retired following his second-round stoppage of Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi.

The 32-year-old has an undefeated record of 29-0 after he held on to his lightweight world crown.

White told the Eagle in an Instagram post: “You accomplished EVERYTHING you set out to do.

“You are the P4P best fighter in the world and you truly are the G.O.A.T of the sport. 29-0

Meanwhile, Jones has rejected Khabib’s claim he is the best pound-for-pound fighter.

Current P4P king Jones quickly refuted Khabib’s request in a lengthy Twitter rant.

He wrote: “Until I take that heavily crown, I grant you the spot. Enjoy Champ.”

He then tweeted: “15 world titles, numbers don’t lie.”

In other news, Khabib suffered from mumps as well as a broken foot and toes in the build-up to his win over Gaethje.

According to UFC journalist Kevin Iole, Khabib’s coach revealed he was out of action for two weeks with a case of the mumps.

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Over seventy public and private property in Calabar, the Cross River State capital have been looted, vandalized, destroyed and burnt by thousands of people suspected to be hoodlums. As at the last count, We listed looted and destroyed items between Friday and Saturday to include: Cross River State Property Investment Limited, CROSPIL Office, Bishop Moynagh Avenue, State Housing Estate, Independence National Electoral Commission, INEC office, Marian Road. Others are Commercial Transport Regulatory Agency, CTRA office (100 Marian), Marian Road, Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR , Atakpa Police Station, Watt Market – burnt down, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC office, Murtala Mohammed Highway – vandalised. Calabar Discount Mall (harbouring Valuemat Supermarket and other stores), Ndidem Usang Iso Road, Marian – looted and vandalised, Ministry of Works warehouse, Ekorinim II – looted and burnt down, Cross River State Roll back Malaria Centre, Barracks Road – Looted and vandalised, Bulavaard Joint owned by APC chieftain, Ntufam Hillard Ettah, Etta Agbor – looted and vandalised. First Bank, 8 Miles – vandalised, West African Examination Council, WAEC office, Murtala Mohammed Highway – burnt down, Federal Psychiatric hospital, Calabar Road – looted and vandalised, Access Bank, Mayne Avenue -vandalised. Senator Victor Ndoma Egba’s House, Asari Eso – looted and burnt down, Senator Gershom Bassey’s House, Asari Eso – looted and vandalised. Cross River Garment Factory, Goodluck Jonathan bypass – Looted, Ayade Fuel Station, Murtala Mohammed Highway – looted and set ablaze, Senator Gershom Bassey’s House, Mayne Avenue by White House – looted and burnt down, National Identity Management Commission, NIMC Office, Murtala Mohammed Highway – set on fire, Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, Murtala Mohammed Highway – vandalised, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH, Etta Agbor – looted, Cross River Agric Development Project, IBB way opposite Margaret Ekpo International Airport – looted. Also affected are IDH Hospital, Chamley area – looted and vandalised, Empowerment warehouse, Henshaw Town – looted and vandalised, University of Calabar, UNICAL Publishing Center, Etta Agbor – looted and vandalised, UNICAL Microfinance Bank, Etta Agbor – looted and vandalised, UNICAL Main Library – vandalised, most banks and shops/transport companies, Ettah Agbor – vandalised. Lafarge (former UNICEM) trucks loaded with cement along Atimbo Road – hijacked, Ibedmore Phone Shops, Calabar Road – set on fire, Calabar Mall (harbouring SPAR Supermarket and other stores), Cultural Centre – vandalised, Cold Stone Store and Domino’s Pizza, Ndidem Usang Iso Road, Marian – looted and vandalised. Shops in Watt Market, Watt – looted, vandalised and some set on fire Carnival Calabar Treasury House (Speakers, Lighting, Stage, Carpets, Mics, Amplifiers, etc) – looted. Mbukpa Police Station, Mbukpa – burnt down, Calabar Municipality and Calabar South Area Councils – looted and vandalised, First Bank, Highway by Ekorinim – vandalised, H20 Calabar, Mary Slessor by UNICAL Main Gate – looted and vandalised, Accountant General Office – vandalised, All Progressives Congress, APC office, Marian Road – vandalised, Nigerian Chronicles Newspapers office, Barracks Road – burnt down. World Health Organisation, WHO and Cross River State Health Insurance Scheme (AyadeCare) offices, Barracks Road – looted and vandalised, Government Secondary School, Henshaw Town – vandalised, Peace Mass Transport, PMT Park, Etta Agbor – looted and vandalised, Spark Shop Calabar – looted and vandalised. Eco Bank, Mary Slessor Avenue – vandalised, UDEC Phone Shop, opposite UNICAL, Etta Agbor – looted and vandalised. Pensioners Office, Asita Ita Street – vandalised, Cross River State Water Board Limited (CRSWBL) Residences, Ndidem Usang Isong Road, Marian – looted and vandalised, Hon. Eta Mbora’s apartments and properties on IBB and Mekenge looted and destroyed, UNICAL Hotel/Conference Centre is vandalised. TINAPA-vandalised, SUMMIT HILLS/CICC Z- vandalised, and many others.

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