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Arsenal defeat exposes issues for Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. PLUS: Real get revenge, Spurs' injury crisis

We gravitate towards simple explanations, so the reason Chelsea lost 2-0 away to Arsenal at the Emirates is simple: Maurizio Sarri played his two best players (N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard) out of position. Easy, right?

Wrong. For a start, Chelsea had no divine right to win at the Emirates, not when they were one place ahead of them in the table. Not when they'd actually beaten them just once in their seven previous encounters, and not when they hadn't played particularly well since long before...

UEFA report: European football profitable but gap between super-clubs and rest remains

UEFA's latest benchmarking report shows every European top-flight club being profitable, but it doesn't mean the game is in a good place yet.

Each year, for the past decade, UEFA have released their "Benchmarking Report," a sort of "State of the Game" across the top flights of every European league. As ever, it's filled with interesting nuggets and takes time to sift through.

Here's a Q&A to help make sense of it.

Q: So what's the top-line, major takeaway?

A: Well, for the first time in the report's history -- and probably the first time ever -- European top-flight clubs were profitable last year, to the tune of some $700 million....

Napoli walking off in face of racial abuse wouldn't be a 'defeat for football' -- it would be a victory

Napoli reiterated last week that they fully support coach Carlo Ancelotti and his threat to order his team off the pitch the next time one of their players is racially abused by supporters without adequate action being taken. This comes after Italian Deputy Prime Minister (and Minister of the Interior, therefore the person technically in charge of policing and security) Matteo Salvini said he was against stopping or abandoning matches in instances of racial abuse, because it would amount to "a...

Marcelo Bielsa upstaged Frank Lampard in "Spy-Gate" and added to his sizable coaching legend

Whatever happens next, Marcelo Bielsa has won the battle for hearts and minds following "Spy-Gate."

A story that began with Frank Lampard talking about some "undercover" person hiding in bushes "on... hands and knees" with "pliers and bolt cutters" has since been turned around 180 degrees.

The man Bielsa sent to watch Derby County's training sessions was outside a perimeter fence and wasn't trespassing. The fence was undamaged. If he had "pliers and bolt-cutters" with him, he likely swallowed...

Emery says Arsenal can sign only loan players ... and the reason should worry fans

Last week, Arsenal boss Unai Emery said something surprising: "We cannot sign players where we have to make a payment ... we can only make loan signings." That's not what you'd expect to hear from a club that is six points away from fourth place and in danger of finishing outside the Champions League spots for the third successive season after 19 consecutive years of playing in the world's biggest club competition.

Nor is that what you'd expect from a club that ranked sixth in the most recent Deloitte...

Solskjaer shows he can be more than Man United's caretaker. PLUS: trouble ahead for Spurs, praise for Messi

So it's now six wins out of six games for Manchester United under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. And while the first five were eminently winnable, Tottenham away was meant to be the Norwegian's first real test. He passed, again, with flying colors.

He didn't pass because United won -- although that too is important in the hunt for a top four spot -- but because, frankly, it could have been very different if not for David De Gea's string of saves. (Indeed, the xG shows that Tottenham...