Spoils are shared in Manchester

Mancini rejects criticism of tactics after City and United divide the spoils in derby

Essien maintains Chelsea's perfect home record despite red card

Chelsea 1 Fulham 0

Blackburn squander opportunity to upset the odds

Blackburn 1 Chelsea 2

Essien ends exile from Black Stars

Michael Essien will return to international action for Ghana's next competitive international against DR Congo in March next year, the country's football association has confirmed.

Zhirkov banishes the Luzhniki demons as Chelsea close on last 16

Spartak Moscow 0 Chelsea 2

Houllier stops Chelsea in their tracks

Villa come out all guns blazing but both managers settle for a point after champions fight back

Chelsea's defensive crisis brings Bosingwa and Ferreira into the frame

Injuries to Terry and Alex concern champions ahead of Villa trip while Lampard could be back in midfield

Terry struggles with persistent bruised ribs

John Terry admits he is still being troubled by a rib injury as England prepare for their Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro next week.

Wilkins and Essien doubt City's stamina for title

The Premier League table shows Manchester City are Chelsea's closest rivals, yet the defending champions do not seem to consider them as genuine challengers, despite their 1-0 defeat at Eastlands 10 days ago.

Anelka turns on style after Terry hands Chelsea the perfect start

Chelsea 2 Marseilles 0

Terry and Anelka lead Chelsea to victory

Chelsea 2 Marseille 0

Chelsea squad stretched to limit after Lampard is ruled out until next month

With Frank Lampard now not expected to return to the Chelsea side until the middle of next month, Carlo Ancelotti has been forced to defend the depth of his squad in the face of a lengthening injury list.

Anelka leads the way as Chelsea's goal spree shows no sign of ending

MSK Zilina 1 Chelsea 4

Six-shooting Gunners run riot

Fabregas and Vela score two each as Arsenal sweep aside Braga 6-0 to start Champions League campaign with a bang
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Hard to swallow

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Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

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British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

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