Robin van Persie was digesting the imminent prospect of two influential midfielders departing the Emirates Stadium when his thoughts focused in.
Fabio Capello has moved to reassure David Beckham that he will be given his 100th England cap this season and, despite concerns over the former captain's fitness, he has been told he is "in contention" for the friendly in France this month. Capello will send his general manager, Franco Baldini, to assess the 32-year-old in a friendly against FC Dallas in Texas on March 15.
ArsÃ¨ne Wenger was ambling off the pitch, his back turned on the shuddering pyrotechnics as the Chelsea players bounced jubilantly on the stage with the Carling Cup aloft in their midst. The Arsenal manager does not generally take defeat well.
The England and Chelsea captain says becoming a manager is his 'overall aim'.
Gareth Bale, Tottenham Hotspurs's flying winger, has set his sights on getting the North Londoners back into the Uefa Champions League.
After helping Chelsea to an epic win over Barcelona in the Champions League, Roman Abramovic might still not be convinced of the Italian's talents.
Chelsea will waive a potential appeal and accept the two-match ban imposed on Didier Drogba by Uefa following his dismissal in the Champions League.
Chelsea's former manager tells Dominic Fifield he feels no bitterness over his swift and silent exit.
Jose Mourinho cracked into a knowing grin, as if anticipating the incredulity to come, before offering up his reinvention. "This year I will be more mellow, yes, mellow," he said, the second mention delivered in his best mock Caribbean lilt. "I've thought about it and it's something I want to do."
Chelsea are drawing up plans to reshape their squad after being knocked out of the Champions League this week.