Essien reassures Chelsea fans

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Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has reassured fans that the players have not taken Saturday's heavy defeat to Arsenal lying down.

The Ghanaian international is yet to feature competitively for Andre Villas-Boas since the former Porto boss arrived at Stamford Bridge, rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in pre-season ahead of the current campaign.

Despite being on the sidelines for a predicted six-months, Essien admits he feels the pain of his teammates after Saturday's 5-3 defeat to Arsenal, and has been shocked by some of the scorelines in other matches throughout the Barclays Premier League season.

"Every player crosses the white line and always wants to give his all so to come away with such a big loss is always hard to take," he wrote on his blog for the official site.

"You almost want to play another game as soon as possible to get it out of your system and I can assure all Chelsea fans that we will be back to winning ways in the league soon."

"I have been in the Premier League over six years and I can’t remember seeing such heavy defeats suffered by the top clubs in the league.

"It is unheard of to have one of these clubs suffer such a big defeat throughout the season, let alone all of us suffering these defeats within the first 10 games."

The Blues are on a poor run of form after defeats to QPR and Chelsea in the league, with a Champions League draw against Genk last night doing little to lift the gloom in west London.

However, a trip to strugglers Blackburn will provide a good opportunity to collect a vital win, before tougher matches against Liverpool (H) and Bayer Leverkusen (A).

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