Terry urges Anelka to stick around

Anelka, banned by the French Football Federation for 18

international games for his part in France’s World Cup mutiny last

summer, scored his seventh goal of the season to earn Chelsea a 2-0

victory over Marseille in the Champions League. Anelka was booed

from the kick-off by Marseille’s fans but the striker, who

announced his retirement from international football after the ban

was handed down, shrugged off the abuse by scoring a 27th-minute

penalty to add to Terry’s seventh-minute opener. Anelka, who joined

the club from Bolton for £15million in January 2008, signed a

one-year extension to his contract in the summer to keep him at

Stamford Bridge until 2012. The striker requires just one more goal

to reach a half-century for the Blues and that could arrive against

former club Arsenal on Sunday. Terry, prompted by the striker’s

success, urged Anelka to remain at Stamford Bridge for as long as

possible. “Nico has stressed before how much he loves the club,”

said Terry. “The fans love him, the players love him. We would love

him to stay here for years to come. “He is a great character to

have around the place. He is a nice guy and a really good

professional, someone who myself and the young players look up to

and learn from. “He has found a nice home here at Chelsea. He has

come out and said how much he has settled here. We have a good base

of French players here as well, so that helps people settle in.

People like Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda are key to keeping

people happy and so it works well.” Malouda was proud of the way

Anelka dealt with the pressure of the occasion, especially with the

game shown live on television back home. “There was a lot of

pressure on him because, as everyone knows, a lot of people in

France were watching the game so he had many reasons to want to

score,” said Malouda. “Everyone at the club knows his quality so

I’m glad he had the chance to show that quality. I’m happy for

him.” Chelsea remain top of Group F by virtue of goal difference

over their next opponents Spartak Moscow. The victory ended a run

of two successive defeats and now all eyes are focused on the visit

of Arsenal on Sunday. The defeat at Manchester City last Saturday

was their first in the league this season, but Terry insists their

was no inquest after the game. “There was no inquest after we lost.

It was one of those things,” added Terry. “We have watched City

this season and they have not looked that great but then they

raised their game against us. It was probably their best game of

the season. “They’re going to get encouragement from beating the

in-form side in the league. But nowadays you’re not going to go the

whole season without suffering a defeat and it’s about how you

respond. “We have another big game on Sunday and we’re fortunate

the games come thick and fast now and we can get on with it. It’s

good to get back to winning ways against Marseille and hopefully

that continues.” Chelsea are unlikely to have Frank Lampard back in

time to face the Gunners but striker Didier Drogba, who was

suspended for the game against former club Marseille, is certain to

play. “It was important for us to win against Marseille for the

confidence,” said Drogba. “Arsenal is a big team, they’ve been

playing well at the beginning of the season but we’re at home and

have to do everything to win.”