Sport Everton midfielder Ross Barkley will be offered a new improved contract for his breakthrough into the first team this season

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.

Terry thanks Chelsea fans for support

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

Wenger should stop the excuses, says Ballack

Arsenal manager under attack over his comments after defeat by Chelsea

Drogba to the rescue as Chelsea struggle

Hull City 1 Chelsea 1

Lampard cuts loose and sends Chelsea top

Chelsea 3 Birmingham City 0

Ginola joins 2018 World Cup bid

England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup has been given an injection of Gallic charm with David Ginola joining the campaign as an ambassador.

Chelsea meet demand for style range

Chelsea 7 Sunderland 2

Anelka the star in magnificent seven-goal rout

Chelsea 7 Sunderland 2: Weakened Black Cats made to pay heavy price as Blues issue notice of intent to their title rivals

Henderson enters the frame for England call

Sunderland midfielder jumps the queue as Capello considers back-up options

Sturridge must shine, says Ballack

Englishman will have to fill gap left by Drogba and Kalou during African Nations Cup

Ancelotti rounds on elder statesmen and calls for Kakuta

City defeat shows need for injection of youthful energy in Chelsea midfield, says coach

City find their feet to win the class war

Manchester City 2 Chelsea 1: Weaknesses in Chelsea armour exposed in significant victory for Hughes' men

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

Blackburn Rovers 3 Chelsea 3 <i>(Aet (0-0 at 90min); Blackburn win 4-3 on pens)</i>

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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