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Arsenal defeat exposes issues for Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. PLUS: Real get revenge, Spurs' injury crisis

We gravitate towards simple explanations, so the reason Chelsea lost 2-0 away to Arsenal at the Emirates is simple: Maurizio Sarri played his two best players (N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard) out of position. Easy, right?

Wrong. For a start, Chelsea had no divine right to win at the Emirates, not when they were one place ahead of them in the table. Not when they'd actually beaten them just once in their seven previous encounters, and not when they hadn't played particularly well since long before...

Arsenal led by 9/10 Koscielny in defence and attack; Lacazette also shines

English Premier League: Laurent Koscielny (39') Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea

Arsenal put in a fantastic first-half performance to reignite the race for the top four as they beat Chelsea 2-0 to close the gap on the Blues to three points. With Manchester United also in form and breathing down their necks, this was a massive result as Unai Emery's side answered their critics with arguably their best performance of the season.


The pressure and intensity inside the first 10 minutes was excellent, as it often is, but this time the Gunners were able to capitalise with...

Arsenal have two strikers, Chelsea have none, and neither system is working

Chelsea's Olivier Giroud believes playing Arsenal will be special but he feels frustrated by the lack of playing time he has had at Chelsea since Maurizio Sarri took charge.

Midway through an intriguing Premier League season, arguably the most two tactically interesting sides meet this weekend at the Emirates.

Neither Arsenal nor Chelsea are challenging for this season's Premier League and have stuttered in recent weeks after promising starts under Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri respectively. Assessing how the sides have adjusted to the new regimes, though, has been fascinating.

Neither Emery nor Sarri appeared a perfect fit: Emery is a tactical tinkerer, joining...

Premier League W2W4: Arsenal meet Chelsea with both teams suffering identity crises

ESPN FC's Ross Dyer and Paul Mariner predict every Premier League fixture during week 33's action.

W2W4 previews the weekend's Premier League action by highlighting its most compelling storylines ...

Arsenal-Chelsea fascinating for unusual reasons

There was a time when you could pretty much guarantee at least one of Chelsea or Arsenal would be challenging for the Premier League title. But the two teams meet each other Saturday evening a long way from the top of the table and with both in some vague form of existential woe.

Arsenal's brave new world of holistic decision-making appears to be stalling,...

Where are all the January transfers? Ramos to Arsenal and Modric to United would liven things up

The January transfer window closes in two weeks and, so far, trading has been quiet at the top end of the market.

The top six clubs have issues to address over the final 14 days of the window, but what are the prospects of Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United adding to their squads between now and 11 p.m. GMT (6 p.m. ET) on Jan. 31?


WINDOW SO FAR: It has been all quiet at Anfield, with the Premier League leaders having done their major business...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Arsenal willing to pay Ozil to leave; Chelsea closing in on Higuain

Craig Burley says Arsenal's recent poor form was always expected, and the club have to respect Unai Emery's treatment of Mesut Ozil.
With reports Mesut Ozil would reject a January loan move, ESPN FC's Raf Honigstein examines how he can get in Unai Emery's squad on a regular basis.
With Mesut Ozil reportedly missing out on Arsenal's trip to Liverpool, the FC crew assess his future at the club and the issue his wages present.

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is open again. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to/out of your club this month.

TOP STORY: Ozil out, whatever the cost

Arsenal are willing to pay some of Mesut Ozil's wages after he leaves the Emirates if that would make a potential move more likely, according to the Mirror.

Just one year ago, the German signed a new contract that made him the club's highest-earning player...