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The fact that Arsenal need a commanding midfielder is old news and has been talked about for various seasons.

Arsenal remain keen on FC Porto midfielder Danilo
It has been reported that Arsene Wenger is certainly looking to bolster that department and is interested in signing Porto's Danilo Pereira. Apparently, some scouts were assigned to see the midfielder in action in their recent game against Sporting.

Sporting's William Carvalho has also been on the Arsenal radar for various seasons but it has been reported that Arsenal are more keen to sign the 24 year old Danilo.

One of the major reasons for Wenger to bolster his midfield department is due to the imminent departure of his veteran midfielders which includes the likes of Rosicky, Flamini and Arteta. They are currently out of contract of next season and will most probably leave the club at the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger was criticized for not improving his midfield department and it was cited as one of the major reasons why they lost the title to Leicester City this season.

It seems that New York City FC are looking to sign Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas. Casillas is currently playing for Portuguese club Porto having left his boy hood club Real Madrid in the summer.

NYCFC is reportedly interested in Porto’s Iker Casillas
The United States has always been a good option for European players past their prime. It seems New York City FC would be looking to take advantage of that fact and persuade Casillas to leave Porto.

The former Real Madrid goalkeeper has been tied to Porto till 2017. He would have to leave Champions league football if he wants to play in New York.

The American club already boasts of some of the best European players with former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, former Barcelona striker International David Villa and former Juventus play maker Andrea Pirlo in their ranks. The addition of Casillas would certainly add more glamour to their squad.

The Real Madrid legend and World cup winner was out of favor at the Santiago Bernabeu with Keylor Navas ahead of the Spanish International. His spell at Porto has certainly given him an opportunity to play with the best of Europe.

Porto failed to qualify for the knock out stages of the Champions League but are due to play the round of 32 of the Europa League later this month against Dortmund.

It may not be a surprise if Casillas agrees a move to the United States, which would provide him with a chance to join his former Spain colleague David Villa.

The match between Chelsea and Porto was surely going to be a decisive one with respect to Mourinho's managerial career at Chelsea. A defeat against Bournemouth followed by a Champions League group stage exit would surely have made Roman to make the move. However, it was not to happen to the relief of the manager, the players, the fans and surely the owner as well.

Willian celebrating his goal against FC Porto
The game against Porto was arguably Chelsea's best this season. That shows how badly Chelsea have regressed this season rather than how good Chelsea played against Porto. The organization was good and they created good chances, although majority of them came late in the second half when Porto had nothing to lose. However, Mourinho would be a happy man seeing the effort put in by his team in the game.

Speaking about effort, one man who showed a good amount of that was their star striker Diego Costa who was restored back to the starting lineup. Although Costa was not able to score, he did show plenty of endeavor and was instrumental in their first goal. However, Costa did show some rustiness and failed to score with some very good chances coming his way. However, the effort was there to be seen and the fact that the striker himself admitting of his mistake with respect to the throwing of the bib could be a good sign for his relationship with his manager.

It was always going to be a tough task for Porto with Dynamo at home against Maccabi. A win was surely needed but even against this out of form Chelsea, beating them at Stamford Bridge would surely require great effort and fortune. However, they surely missed the latter in the first goal which came of a ricochet. As the game went on, the pressure of scoring twice got to them and it surely was a matter of time that Chelsea got the second with the number of chances that they were creating. It was fittingly Willian who scored brilliantly into the bottom corner against a hapless Casillas.

Roman Abramovich celebrates Willian's goal. 
Mourinho would be happy not to have enjoyed the same fate as United. This could finally be a catalyst they are looking for with the Christmas fixtures coming up. Chelsea did look like the team of the old against Porto and if they continue to play like that, they surely look capable of going on an unbeaten run in the Premier League. The smile on Abramovich said it all about the relief around Stamford Bridge at the final whistle. Mourinho may feel winning the Champions League is the best way to enter the competition next season. However, a brilliant run in the Premier League in this unpredictable season may just quite do the job.

Jose Mourinho travel with Chelsea back to the team where he first won the Champions league, in this week's European fixture. Mourinho will be hoping to get a win in a bid to boost his team's morale. Chelsea have not been up to the expectations this season and a win in Europe will no doubt be a boost to their domestic season as well.

FC Porto vs Chelsea FC: Jose Mourinho to return to his old side
FC Porto drew their first game of the group to Dynamo Kiev, having to come from behind and score to make the result 2-2. But domestically they are in hot form, having been unbeaten in the league so far. But Porto would want to go as far as possible in this competition, with the last time them winning being under their opponent's manager, Jose Mourinho, in 2003/04.

Porto will be hoping that Vincent Aboubakar will be able to maintain his strong form in the league, where he has managed four goals in six appearances. Porto has struggled at the back though, despite bringing in legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas in the summer. Brahimi is a doubt for the fixture and Andre Silva will miss out through injury.

Chelsea top the group currently after dismantling Tel Aviv 4-0 in their opening fixture. But Porto will be a much tougher opposition and Mourinho may not be willing to make much changes to his first team against them. Chelsea have been in decent form in the league after their stuttering start but was held to a draw at Newcastle last week.

Willian could be Chelsea's key man at Porto, having impressed after coming off the bench against Newcastle. Most of Chelsea's players have been terribly out of form this season and they will need to step up in games like this to get something out of it. Chelsea will be without Thibaut Cortouis who misses out through injury, but his deputy Asmir Begovic has been in good form so far.

This fixture would have been an easy Chelsea victory a season ago, but now this Chelsea team is a pale shadow of their former selves.

Predicted score: Porto 1-2 Chelsea

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