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Barkley has broken into the first-team this season and has been tipped for inclusion in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad after making his England debut in September

Arsene Wenger hits out at media

Arsene Wenger today moved to put the record straight after Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack told the Arsenal manager to stop looking for excuses in the wake of defeat at Stamford Bridge.

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Embattled Chelsea captain John Terry has described the support he has received from the club's fans as "incredible".

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Lampard cuts loose and sends Chelsea top

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Anelka the star in magnificent seven-goal rout

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Shoot-out hero Robinson revels in Ballack save

Paul Robinson suddenly has much to look forward to – not least today's World Cup draw and the chance of a Wembley final. After the maelstrom of emotions he experienced before Blackburn finally saw off Chelsea in the Carling Cup quarter-final, the England goalkeeper could also look back with quiet satisfaction and self-analysis.

Rovers find a redeemer in Robinson

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Ballack: 'People have weaknesses. We should just accept it'

Tomorrow Michael Ballack will be back doing what he knows best. There in the heart of Chelsea's midfield at the Emirates will be the imposing figure of Germany's captain, bringing his they-shall-not-pass presence to a side not lacking in strong characters. It is where Ballack wants to be, and right now it is where he has never been more grateful to be.

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