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Michy Batshuayi was an unused sub in the defeat against West Ham on Saturday afternoon. Antonio Conte never called on the Belgian as Chelsea went on to lose the game, and he tried to keep warm during a cold day in London by using a hot water bottle.

Batshuayi was widely mocked for the act, but Arsenal legend Martin Keown argues that Batshuayi was wise to keep warm during the match at the London Stadium – and says he wished he had the guts during his own career to put keeping warm over keeping up appearances.

“It was a clever idea,” Keown told the Daily Mail. “It is vital to keep warm so you do not risk injury.

“I wore gloves twice in my career — once at Spartak Moscow and once on a bitterly cold day at Highbury — but wish I had done so more often.”

He continued: “I remember getting fouled in one game and not being able to spread my hands to break my fall because they were so cold. As a result, I badly bruised my fingers.

“I have no problem with players doing what it takes to stay warm.”

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