Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester Utd Stars Attend NBA Game in London

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2016

Arsenal's French forward Olivier Giroud (R) and Carl Jenkinson watch the NBA Global Game London 2016 basketball match between Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors at the O2 Arena in London on January 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / AFP / GLYN KIRK        (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
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London's O2 arena hosted its sixth NBA regular-season game on Thursday evening, with the out-of-form Orlando Magic taking on the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors. There were plenty of celebrities in attendance and a notable contingent from the Premier League, including Phil Jones—who clearly channeled his look on 1955 Biff Tannen.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was also in attendance, along with several of his hat-wearing Arsenal colleagues:

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14:  Phil Jones  attends Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors NBA Global Game at The O2 Arena on January 14, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for NBA)
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Evidently, Carl Jenkinson and Olivier Giroud need to text each other before they leave the house wearing matching flat caps:

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (2L), Carl Jenkinson and French forward Olivier Giroud watch the NBA Global Game London 2016 basketball match between Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors at the O2 Arena in London on January 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK
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Chelsea were also represented courtside, with Eden Hazard, Kurt Zouma and Thibaut Courtois arriving together:

Arsenal's French forward Olivier Giroud (R) and Carl Jenkinson watch the NBA Global Game London 2016 basketball match between Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors at the O2 Arena in London on January 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / AFP / GLYN KIRK        (
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Courtois wasn't the only Blues keeper to come to Greenwich: Asmir Begovic suited up to show his support of the Raptors:

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14:  Eden Hazard, Kurt Zouma and Thibaut Courtois attend Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors NBA Global Game at The O2 Arena on January 14, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for NBA)
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Former Chelsea star Michael Ballack also attended with his girlfriend, Natacha Tannous:

Didier Drogba came to last year's NBA game in London, and this year he had excellent seats—although he was within earshot of Gordon Ramsay: 

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14:  Former Chelsea footballer Michael Ballack and girlfriend Natacha Tannous attend the 2016 NBA Global Games London match between Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic at The O2 Arena on January 14, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: Didier Drogba attends Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors NBA Global Game at The O2 Arena on January 14, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for NBA)
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Drogba also showed he has skills.

British chef Gordon Ramsey (L) and former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba (2R) watch the NBA Global Game London 2016 basketball match between Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors at the O2 Arena in London on January 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / AFP / GLYN
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