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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

2017/2018 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
3 Tottenham 6 2 1 20
4 Chelsea 5 1 3 16
5 Arsenal 5 1 3 16
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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Transfer Talk: Crunch time for Jack Wilshere as Manchester City, Chelsea wait

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere reacts
Wilshere's deal expires in the summer, meaning he could leave on a free transfer in July.

The England international has been eased back into the first-team picture by Arsene Wenger, but Arsenal have not yet decided whether to offer the 25-year-old a new contract, and the Sun says City and Chelsea "are among the clubs scrambling for the midfielder's signature if he does not get a new deal in North London."

For more on Jack Wilshere and Arsenal, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

 By Phil Lythell

Chelsea may be flawed, but a repeat of doomed 2015-16 season looks unlikely

Despite Chelsea coming away with a win, Stewart Robson highlights causes for concern for the champions.
After Chelsea fought back to beat Watford, Antonio Conte insists he will never be worried about being sacked.

Trends and patterns are popular among football observers.

Jose Mourinho is heralded for having always won the league in his second season at a club before suffering "Third Season Syndrome," a condition that often sees relations with his employers rapidly deteriorate before ending with his departure. Comfortingly, Arsenal can generally be relied upon to fall into their familiar annual habit of seeing their title challenge fizzle out before the leaves have started falling from the trees.

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Chelsea players are ready to fight for coach Antonio Conte - Courtois

After Chelsea fought back to beat Watford, Antonio Conte insists he will never be worried about being sacked.
Despite Chelsea coming away with a win, Stewart Robson highlights causes for concern for the champions.

Thibaut Courtois has backed manager Antonio Conte and said Chelsea are desperate to avoid a repeat of Jose Mourinho's final season at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho was sacked in December 2015 after a run of only four wins in 16 games left his defending champions one point above the relegation zone.

Chelsea have made a stuttering start to their title defence this season, but Courtois believes Saturday's 4-2 comeback victory over Watford showed the players are fully behind Conte.

"We are ready to fight...