Pe­dro blood­ied as Chelsea beat Arse­nal

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BEI­JING: Chelsea for­ward Pe­dro was taken to hos­pi­tal with a pos­si­ble con­cus­sion af­ter col­lid­ing with Arse­nal’s goal­keeper dur­ing the Blues’ 3-0 pre­sea­son win over their Lon­don ri­vals in Bei­jing yes­ter­day.

The 29-year-old Spa­niard was left reel­ing on the ground with a blood­ied face in­side the first half hour of the game af­ter Colom­bian keeper David Ospina flew into him while clear­ing a long-ball with two fists. Af­ter re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal at­ten­tion on the pitch for sev­eral min­utes, Pe­dro got up and walked off with blood in his nose, lips and right ear. “For sure (he) should be okay but I think he had a con­cus­sion,” Chelsea man­ager An­to­nio Conte told re­porters af­ter a Michy Bat­shuayi dou­ble sparked his side to an easy vic­tory.

“For this rea­son our doc­tor pre­ferred to bring him to the hos­pi­tal and to check him in the right way,” the Ital­ian added. “It’s a pity be­cause in this pe­riod now it’s not good to have this type of in­jury, but should be okay and I’m very happy for this.” Conte said he did not know whether Pe­dro would have to spend the night in hos­pi­tal, but if the Spa­niard is bet­ter to­day he will travel with the team to Sin­ga­pore to con­tinue the pre­sea­son.

The in­jury scare over­shad­owed a bril­liant per­for­mance by Bel­gian for­ward Bat­shuayi be­fore a crowd of 55,618 at the Bird’s Nest in the Chi­nese cap­i­tal.

‘ME­DIA IMAG­I­NA­TION’

The vic­tory gave the Blues some mea­sure of re­venge against their Lon­don ri­vals af­ter Arse­nal stunned Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup fi­nal in May to deny the Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons the dou­ble. Bat­shuayi shone as Chelsea pre­pare to be joined by Span­ish striker Al­varo Mo­rata, who could make his de­but against Bay­ern Mu­nich in Sin­ga­pore on Tues­day fol­low­ing his re­ported 80-mil­lion-euro ($92.2 mil­lion) trans­fer from Real Madrid. Bat­shuayi scored the sec­ond of his two goals five min­utes into the sec­ond half, latch­ing onto a pass from Marco Alonso to fire a curl­ing shot past Ospina from just out­side of the area.

Arse­nal’s own star sign­ing, for­mer Lyon striker Alexan­dre La­cazette, had a low-key game. French in­ter­na­tional Olivier Giroud en­tered the game in the sec­ond half and pro­vided some spark but his early shots were saved or wide. Wil­lian opened the scor­ing in the 40th minute, beat­ing Ospina with a low drive.

Two min­utes later, Pre­mier League player of the year N’Golo Kante fed Bat­shuayi, who beat Ospina again with a left-footed shot from the edge of the box. Af­ter the game, Arse­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger brushed aside a ques­tion about ru­mours that Chile for­ward Alexis Sanchez could move to Paris St-Ger­main, say­ing: “It’s only me­dia imag­i­na­tion”.

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