Arsenal fans accuse Chelsea of purposefully injuring players in pre-season clash
Arsenal fans have accused Chelsea of purposefully trying to injure their players in Sunday's feisty pre-season clash at the Emirates.
The Blues won the match 2-1 with goals from Kai Havertz and Tammy Abraham, and while Gunners fans were unhappy about the result, they were more concerned about the challenges meted out to their stars.
Midfielder Thomas Partey will need a scan on an ankle injury he sustained during the friendly after he limped off following a tackles from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Hakim Ziyech.
"At the moment it's not looking good because he was in pain and he could not continue which, for Thomas, is pretty unusual," said manager Mikel Arteta after the match.
Chelsea's tough-tackling has not gone down well with Arsenal fans on social media who voiced their displeasure at some of the challenges in what was supposed to be a friendly – but proved anything but.
One supporter wrote: "It’s a friendly, could you stop injuring half our team? @Chelsea."
Someone else said: "What is it with chelsea injuring our players in pre season."
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A third fan chimed in with: "So Chelsea are cheating and injuring our players on purpose in a charity match?"
"Chelsea came with a good plan to injure all our players," was the view of a fourth person.
While another fan commented: "Chelsea really trying to Injure our entire squad before the start of the season lmaooo."
Partey's was replaced by Granit Xhaka, who now looks set to remain at the Emirates after speculation linking him to Roma.
"Granit is going to stay with us," said Arteta. "He is a player who we rate and value so much. He's a key member of our squad."
The extent of Partey's injury is still unknown, but Arsenal will hope it is not serious as they kick off their Premier League campaign against Brentford on August 13.
If it is as bad as first feared, then Xhaka could be in line to start the match at the Brentford Community Stadium.
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