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. …

Henderson howler hands Liverpool narrow win at spirited Sheffield United

Dean Hendersons goalkeeping error allowed Georginio Wijnaldum to score as Liverpool won 1-0 at Sheffield United Liverpools latest title challenge has begun in formidable and often near flawless fashion but their seventh successive Premier League win came riddled with imperfections, reminding everyone that they are mortal after all. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. No one guessed calamity of the cruellest order beckoned for Henderson. For much of the afternoon Wijnaldums performance had been regressively reminiscent of his once routinely ineffective away displays at Newcastle but then the Dutchman met a headed clearance on the edge of the area and volleyed straight at Henderson. The keeper looked to have gathered routinely only for the ball slip …

Aubameyangs Arsenal winner gives Steve Bruce losing start at Newcastle

A deft second-half finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Newcastle at St James Park A little bit of a boycott and an awful lot of rain ensured that Steve Bruces Newcastle United reign began in downbeat mode as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang emphasised his enduring importance to Arsenal by cutting through the gloom and registering an exquisitely incisive winner. If it hardly bodes well for Bruce that Unai Emerys supposedly vulnerable backline managed that real north Londoners collectors item, a clean sheet on the road, at least the sight of the watching Andy Carroll keeping his ponytail dry by wearing a baseball cap emblazoned with the word Icon hinted at the prospect of potentially better days ahead. Unfortunately …

Huddersfields Isaac Mbenza levels to kill Manchester Uniteds top-four hopes

Isaac Mbenzas strike gave Huddersfield a 1-1 draw with Manchester United that ended Ole Gunnar Solskjrs hopes of Champions League football next season Manchester Uniteds slender hopes of a top-four finish were ended in shambolic fashion when they surrendered an early lead to relegated Huddersfield, allowing the club marooned at the bottom of the table with 14 points to claim a wholly unexpected 15th. Not that much has gone for the Terriers in their two-season stay in the Premier League, but at least the side that shares the early relegation with Derby County can take pride in taking four points from Manchester United in two league meetings at the John Smiths stadium. Huddersfield won this fixture last season, and despite …