Chelsea are back in fashion but Roman Abramovich is out in the cold

Special report: Roman Abramovich never hid source of his wealth and was wounded by British governments reluctance to renew visa; transfer ban increases feeling of Chelsea being on hold In the final minutes of Chelseas crisp win over Crystal Palace in their last home match Frank Lampard put a fatherly arm around 18-year-old Billy Gilmour before sending him scampering on to become the sixth academy graduate to feature in the Premier League derby. At the west London club which first imprinted an oligarchs stamp on English football, Chelseas sparkling, homegrown version this season a club legend appointed as manager promoting young players is the unexpected result of fundamental contradictions running through the club. The most obvious is that Chelsea have …

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekends action

Unai Emerys Arsenal have lost their direction and Spurs problems start at full-back but Burnleys Dwight McNeil is on song 1) Mahrez has failed to convince Guardiola of his worth Riyad Mahrez impressed only in spells during his first season at Manchester City but, with Leroy San felled by a cruciate injury in Augusts Community Shield victory, the onus was on the 60m man to step up. An imperious performance at West Ham on the opening day of the season suggested he would do exactly that, yet he has started only four league games since two of those being defeats and with his side desperate for goals in a critical game at Anfield he was not called on at all. …