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Arsenal, Chelsea battle to forge new identities as Tottenham look for distractions

Ahead of each round of fixtures in the Premier League, W2W4 looks at the main storylines to keep an eye on. Arsenal and Chelsea seek to forge new identities while Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham focused in light of some disappointing news about their new stadium. 

1. Expect the unexpected as Chelsea face Arsenal

Once upon a time, you'd know what sort of game you were in for when Arsenal visited Chelsea. For the most part of the Roman Abramovich era, muscular, strong-willed Chelsea...

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich tests Maurizio Sarri with football's toughest job

Following a win in their opener against Huddersfield, Craig Burley reveals the key areas Chelsea will need to focus on to ensure a top-four finish.
Following a win in their opener against Huddersfield, Craig Burley reveals the key areas Chelsea will need to focus on to ensure a top-four finish.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri doesn't want to turn his new side into Napoli 2.0.

When Maurizio Sarri said last week that it might take two or three months for Chelsea to play the sort of football he wanted, the instant reaction was to raise an eyebrow and say: "Good luck with that."

This, after all, is not a club known for patience, and given the state of flux -- on the pitch and off it -- Chelsea find themselves in, Sarri has possibly the most difficult job in football.

In the 15 years since Roman Abramovich arrived at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have made their way through...

Chelsea's Alvaro Morata, Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on borrowed time?

With the Premier League back in action, Shaka Hislop and Mark Donaldson predict all of the fixtures ahead of week 2.

They are not striking similarities as much as superficial ones. Chelsea's Alvaro Morata and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are forwards who signed last season for club-record fees in the same bracket, £58 million and £56m. Neither, despite his fee and pedigree, is guaranteed to be leading the line in a few weeks' time. And there, arguably, the common denominators end.

Elsewhere, they represent opposites. Aubameyang was the short-term recruit, the statement signing meant to prove Arsenal's...

Jorginho now Chelsea's key player; Eden Hazard down to third

At the beginning of last season, we looked at the 15 potentially most important players for Chelsea in their ultimately disappointing 2017-18 title defence.

With a brand new campaign under way and the summer transfer window shut, some have departed or slipped, while others have grown in importance. Here's new head coach Maurizio Sarri's revised list of crucial performers.

This list is not extensive and has been ranked according to varying factors. Some players still with a part to play, like Mateo...

Cesc Fabregas Chelsea hopes in limbo after Maurizio Sarri arrival

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri doesn't want to turn his new side into Napoli 2.0.

The appointment of a new manager always creates some winners and losers. Maurizio Sarri's arrival has spelt good news for David Luiz and Willian, both set for a promising future at Chelsea having both been bound for the exit after falling out with Antonio Conte. But while both Brazilians look suited to Sarri's football philosophy, Cesc Fabregas' future looks decidedly precarious.

It would be interesting to know Fabregas' inner thoughts at Sarri's appointment. The emphasis on technical, possession-based...

Salah, De Bruyne, Sanchez, Jorginho among Premier League most important

The Exploding Heads are here to tell you that the more changes a new football season brings, the more things stay the same.

A year ago, ESPN FC's correspondents each selected their club's 15 most important players and just 12 months on, there's been a huge amount of changes.

Mohamed Salah's rise has made him Liverpool's main man while it's a new era at Arsenal with Unai Emery looking to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score the goals in his first season at the club. 

Kevin De Bruyne's influence has grown even further at Manchester City and it's all change at Chelsea too, with Jorginho set to be integral to how Maurizio...