Fabregas can’t escape boo boys
The Spaniard can’t even escape being booed by Arsenal fans in China as every touch and every corner he tried to take was met with loud displeasure from the Arsenal end of the stadium.
As usual it made little difference to Fabregas’ performance, with the midfielder completely bossing the game for Chelsea in the comfortable 3-0 win.
Giroud being banned from the pitch
Arsene Wenger was looking to ring the changes at half-time, as goes pre-season, and one of those he wanted to bring on was French striker Olivier Giroud.
However, for some reason Giroud’s name was not on the official teamsheet and therefore the officials would not let him come on to the pitch and for the game to restart.
An argument ensued between Wenger and the fourth official, with Antonio Conte also being pulled over to to find out if it was alright for him to play (remember this was only a friendly).
Conte of course agreed and Giroud was eventually allowed on the pitch to play the second half.
After the game, Wenger said: “I don’t know why he wasn’t on the list, they didn’t want to let him play. Then it was an argument and finally they realised from somewhere in the sky and he could play.”
I think he might be in David Luiz’s pocket still somewhere as the Arsenal club record signing had a night to forget in Beijing after having nothing of the ball.
Chelsea completely took him out of the game and he and Luiz had quite a few tussles during the first half, which is something to keep an eye on other the season.
Luiz was back to his composed best in the heart of the defence and gave the Frenchman nothing to work with, with Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta remained consistent once again in their performance.
Dress rehearsals for everything
There was an amusing moment before the pre-match press conference when journalists had to endure watching a dress rehearsal of what Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte might say.
Officials went through every little detail ahead of both managers actually turning up to speak to the media, and it was no different just before kick-off in the Bird’s Nest.
An announcement suddenly rung around the stadium that a mock run of the players’ entrance on to the pitch would be happening as music blared out from the ridiculously loud arena.
The Bird’s Nest is a wonderful stadium and the atmosphere from both sides was impressive, while every detail was meticulously thought out.