Gunners and Blues’ new signings go down in style at Magpies

Chelsea and Arsenal have been fighting over the likes of Eriksson and Romanian left-back Magdalena Eriksson Hats off to the potential four new Chelsea and Arsenal signings – they both took the knee. Per…

Gunners and Blues' new signings go down in style at Magpies

Chelsea and Arsenal have been fighting over the likes of Eriksson and Romanian left-back Magdalena Eriksson

Hats off to the potential four new Chelsea and Arsenal signings – they both took the knee.

Per Mertesacker, 33, has been left out of the Arsenal team by Unai Emery, while Jan Vertonghen, 28, was an unused substitute during Tottenham’s EFL Cup win against Manchester United on Wednesday.

Chelsea sent just two new faces to the club for pre-season after selling Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa, with their only signings this summer being Andreas Christensen and Tammy Abraham.

Centre-half Jorginho, 22, and wing-back Marcos Alonso, 25, will both start in Saturday’s Carabao Cup second-round tie at Newcastle.

Even before the deadline, after Thursday’s international break, Italian left-back Jorginho joined Chelsea on loan from Napoli.

Academy left-back Marcos Alonso scored his first Chelsea goal in the 4-1 win at Swansea

Julian Brandt, 22, has been linked with Arsenal as a replacement for Mertesacker and Eriksson, 34, told BBC Sport on Friday that she thought it was “crazy” she had signed for Chelsea.

So to the players who did make their debuts this summer – and not against United on Wednesday – how did it go?

Eriksson: “It’s going well, but you mustn’t always judge the first game against a Swansea side. I’m happy about the chance I got and made my debut.”

Eriksson said she was called up for a game against Bournemouth on 11 August and left because there was a game on the Thursday.

“I love that game,” she said. “It was our first game together and I got 30 minutes. Everything is fine.

“I’m used to football but I’ve not played for a while. If I play, I will try to do my best.”

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has recalled Christensen from a loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach.

The Denmark international was left out of the first squad, but Sarri added him to the party for the Swansea match on Tuesday, which Chelsea won 4-1.

Laba Diakite joined Sunderland for an undisclosed fee and was made to train with them before securing a loan move

Left-back Charly Musonda (left) was on loan at Real Betis last season and struggled, while midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been away on England duty

Kennard: “From the first day I met the guys, I knew these guys could help me develop in the best way possible.

“Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Forlornado [Agor Fernandes] and I have already played together in the reserves. We don’t have to play a lot for the manager but I can use it as a reference.

“Charly Musonda was left out of the squad, but he’s called up. It’s the last game of the season and he hasn’t been playing regularly.

“Mark Schwarzer joined from Middlesbrough and he’s 34, but he’s here for experience, not the goals.

“He’s a great goalkeeper. He was unfortunate last season. He missed a sitter against Aston Villa and I’m sure it’ll motivate him.

“It’s going to be a hard season for any new players.”

Musonda: “I just have to be patient because the manager says I need time. It’s not been easy but you don’t need to be bothered because at some stage we will get the opportunity to showcase our talents.”

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