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Eden Hazard, Chelsea's failure to fire vs. West Ham exposes weaknesses

Andriy Yarmolenko had a painful miss in front of goal which could have given Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham their statement win of the young Premier League season.

LONDON -- Three points from the London Stadium as West Ham held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw to end the Blues' 100 percent start to the season.

1. Chelsea toothless, resurgent West Ham spirited but missing Arnautovic

Chelsea's flawless Premier League start had come as a surprise, not least because of Sarri's admission in August that he expected "problems" in the first half of the campaign. Problems arrived against West Ham, and in the end a draw was the fairest outcome between two teams undermined...

Arsenal leave it late to beat West Ham for Emery's first Premier League win

LONDON -- Three quick thoughts from the Emirates as Arsenal wrapped up a 3-1 win over West Ham.

1. Arsenal get Emery his first win

Arsenal recorded their first victory under Unai Emery, and it came courtesy of a bizarre own goal with 20 minutes remaining.

It wasn't the fact that Issa Diop deflected the ball past Lukasz Fabianski, somewhat unfortunately from Alexandre Lacazette's stab into the box; it was more that 10 seconds beforehand, he'd smashed the ball almost vertically into the air...

Transfer Rater: Mario Balotelli to West Ham, Alex Sandro to Manchester United

The latest transfer rumours from around the world.

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

Mario Balotelli to West Ham

West Ham are considering a January move for Nice striker Mario Balotelli, according to French outlet L'Equipe. Numerous clubs remain interested...

Liverpool meet lofty expectations in season-opening win over West Ham

LIVERPOOL, England -- Three quick thoughts from Liverpool's 4-0 win over West Ham in their opening match of the 2018-19 Premier League season at Anfield.

1. Liverpool meet expectations in season opener

Liverpool started a hugely promising season on the proper note. Expectations on Merseyside are as high as they've ever been -- and rightly so based on this compelling display.

Golden Boot holder Mohamed Salah appears to have picked up where he left off, as he scored the opening goal before...

Premier League tough for goalkeepers - ex-Liverpool coach Xavi Valero

LIVERPOOL -- Former Liverpool goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero will be back at Anfield on Sunday for the first time since leaving eight years ago.

Now goalkeeping coach at West Ham United, Valero was part of Rafael Benitez's coaching set up between 2007 to 2010, working with Pepe Reina at the height of his Liverpool career.

The Spaniard then followed Benitez to Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli and Real Madrid before joining up with Manuel Pellegrini at Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune in...

Premier League: Man City, Liverpool fight for title; Man United uncertainty under Mourinho

After a record-breaking campaign in 2017-18, the FC crew assess the expectations for Manchester City in the Premier League this season.
FC's Stevie Nicol feels Liverpool have strengthened in all the right areas to challenge for the Premier League title this season.
With Jose Mourinho's antics reaching a tipping point this preseason, the FC panel examine the effect it's having on Man United's dressing room.
Jurgen Klopp contends his top players 'don't use Liverpool and then go,' but Shaka Hislop explains why that's not a sure thing.
The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Man City's Champions League chances, Milan's top-four hopes and Herc's questionable wardrobe selection.

The Premier League is back! A new season brings fresh optimism and hope for the campaign ahead -- but how are the clubs shaping up?

ESPN FC's club correspondents, bloggers and staff run the rule over all 20 teams and predict their final position in 2018-19. 

Using last season's table, with the three promoted teams at the bottom, here's a look at each club's season ahead.


Biggest signing and biggest loss: It's hard to think that there was too much missing from Manchester City's...