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Arjen Robben
Name: Arjen Robben
Nationality: Dutch
Date of Birth: 23/01/1984
Height:6' 1" (186cm)
Weight:12st 13lbs (82.0kg)
Position: Striker

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Arjen became a symbol of Chelsea's increasing power on rejecting a move to Old Trafford in favour of one to Stamford Bridge for the 2004/5 season.

 

Left-footed but able to play on either flank or as supporting striker, Euro 2004 provided a preview for Chelsea fans of the young international's dribbling skills and dangerous crossing as he proved one of Holland's most influential players on their way to the semi-finals.

 

Arjen played his first Dutch League football at the age of 16 for Groningen and was soon snapped up by PSV although he was loaned back to his former club for a year.

 

A first international cap came in April 2003 and despite injury spoiling the second half of his last season at PSV, he recovered in time for Euro 2004 having already agreed to join Chelsea for £12 million the next season in March.

 

Unfortunately, a dreadful foul by Roma's Olivier Dacourt in a pre-season friendly caused damage to Arjen's foot, forcing him to miss the opening action at his new club.

 

When he returned in late October his impact could not have been more stunning as his skills and searing pace cut teams to ribbons with goals scored in four consecutive games.

 

His arrival helped Chelsea hit top form and he was named Premiership Player for November 2004, already becoming one of the League's top stars. 

 

Unfortunately, two further injuries caused by over-physical opponents meant the first Chelsea season was not quite the crowning glory it once seemed destined to become.

 

Arjen began the 2005/6 season fit but below par.

 

As Christmas approached, so did his best form. Defenders everywhere had been dreading the return and he scored in a well-overdue league win on the Blues' last game at Highbury.

 

Two red cards, one triggered by a winning goal celebration at Sunderland, disrupted the second-half of his season so the campaign continued in a stop-start vein.

 

But Arjen collected his second Premiership winners' medal, playing in the crowning win over Man United and contributing seven goals in his 20+7 league appearances.

 

Still young, he caught the eye in the World Cup despite Holland's early exit and national coach Marco van Basten believes Arjen has the potential to become the world's very best.


Season 2006 - 07

Competition Apps
(as sub)
Goals Yellow
Cards
Red
Cards
League 10  (4) 0 0 0
League Cup 1  (0) 0 0 0
Euro Cups 2  (3) 0 1 0

Career History:
Club Season Comp. Apps
(as sub)
Goals
Chelsea 2005 - 06League 21  (7) 6
  FA Cup 2  (2) 1
  League Cup 1  (0) 0
  Euro Cups 6  (0) 0
Chelsea 2004 - 05League 14  (4) 7
  FA Cup 0  (2) 0
  League Cup 3  (1) 1
  Euro Cups 2  (3) 1
PSV 2003 - 04League 21  (2) 6
  Euro Cups 7  (1) 2
PSV 2002 - 03League 31  (2) 12
  Euro Cups 2  (2) 1
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1 Petr Cech Goalkeeper  
2 Glen Johnson
(on loan to Portsm )
Defender  
3 Ashley Cole Defender  
4 Claude Makelele Midfielder  
5 Michael Essien Midfielder  
5 Alexei Smertin
(on loan to Charltn )
Midfielder  
6 Ricardo Carvalho Defender  
7 Andriy Shevchenko Striker  
8 Frank Lampard Midfielder  
9 Khalid Boulahrouz Defender  
10 Joe Cole Midfielder  
11 Didier Drogba Striker  
12 John Mikel Midfielder  
13 Michael Ballack Midfielder  
14 Geremi Midfielder  
16 Arjen Robben Striker  
18 Wayne Bridge Defender  
19 Lassana Diarra Midfielder  
20 Paulo Ferreira Defender  
21 Salomon Kalou Striker  
22 Magnus Hedman Goalkeeper  
23 Carlo Cudicini Goalkeeper  
24 Shaun Wright-Phillips Midfielder  
26 John Terry Defender  
31 Marco Ambrosio Goalkeeper  
31 Filipe Oliveira Striker  
33 Nuno Morais Defender  
38 Valerio Di Cesare Defender  
40 Henrique Hilario Goalkeeper  
41 Yves Kalambay Goalkeeper  
44 Michael Mancienne
(on loan to QPR )
Defender  
46 Jimmy Smith
(on loan to QPR )
Midfielder  
Rati Aleksidze Striker  
Gabriele Ambrosetti Midfielder  
Winston Bogarde Defender  
Mark Bosnich Goalkeeper  
Jack Cork
(on loan to Brnmth )
Midfielder  
Enrique De Lucas Midfielder  
Albert Ferrer Defender  
Anthony Grant
(on loan to Wycombe )
Midfielder  
Slavisa Jokanovic Midfielder  
Joel Kitamirike Striker  
Kevin McKinley Goalkeeper  
Danny Slatter Defender  
Gianfranco Zola Striker