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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Transfer Talk: Crunch time for Jack Wilshere as Manchester City, Chelsea wait

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere reacts
Wilshere's deal expires in the summer, meaning he could leave on a free transfer in July.

The England international has been eased back into the first-team picture by Arsene Wenger, but Arsenal have not yet decided whether to offer the 25-year-old a new contract, and the Sun says City and Chelsea "are among the clubs scrambling for the midfielder's signature if he does not get a new deal in North London."

For more on Jack Wilshere and Arsenal, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

 By Phil Lythell

Chelsea may be flawed, but a repeat of doomed 2015-16 season looks unlikely

Despite Chelsea coming away with a win, Stewart Robson highlights causes for concern for the champions.
After Chelsea fought back to beat Watford, Antonio Conte insists he will never be worried about being sacked.

Trends and patterns are popular among football observers.

Jose Mourinho is heralded for having always won the league in his second season at a club before suffering "Third Season Syndrome," a condition that often sees relations with his employers rapidly deteriorate before ending with his departure. Comfortingly, Arsenal can generally be relied upon to fall into their familiar annual habit of seeing their title challenge fizzle out before the leaves have started falling from the trees.

Now...

 By Nick Miller

Chelsea battle back while Mourinho throws United players under the bus

The ESPN FC crew discuss Jose Mourinho and Manchester United's tactics.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Jose Mourinho and Manchester United's tactics.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Jose Mourinho and Manchester United's tactics.

If Manchester United's players weren't aware before, they certainly are now. Jose Mourinho, once a man praised because his antics and public proclamations were perceived as distraction techniques, ways to divert attention and pressure away from his players, proved on Saturday that he's perfectly happy to blame someone else when things go wrong.

"I don't even remember a friendly match where our attitude was so poor," Mourinho said after United's 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield. "When I lose matches, I...

 By Mark Worrall

Michy Batshuayi gets 9/10 from bench after rescuing Chelsea vs. Watford

Chelsea rode their luck against an impressive Watford for a vital 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea rode their luck against an impressive Watford for a vital 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge.
Craig Burley explains that while Chelsea defeated Watford, defensive frailties continue to emerge.
Antonio Conte commends Michy Batshuayi after his brace off the bench inspired Chelsea's come-from-behind win over Watford.
After Chelsea fought back to beat Watford, Antonio Conte insists he will never be worried about being sacked.

Chelsea came back from 2-1 down to beat Watford 4-2 in a frenetic encounter at Stamford Bridge. Pedro opened the scoring for the Blues with a world-class strike in the 12th minute but the visitors refused to lay down and hit back with goals either side of the break.

Abdoulaye Doucoure beat Thibaut Courtois at his near post to level in first-half stoppage time and, when Roberto Pereyra put the visitors ahead, it looked like Chelsea, whose defending was at times shambolic, might be heading to a third...

 By Michael Cox

Chelsea still in title hunt with dramatic comeback win vs. Watford

Chelsea rode their luck against an impressive Watford for a vital 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea rode their luck against an impressive Watford for a vital 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge.
Craig Burley explains that while Chelsea defeated Watford, defensive frailties continue to emerge.
After Chelsea fought back to beat Watford, Antonio Conte insists he will never be worried about being sacked.
Antonio Conte commends Michy Batshuayi after his brace off the bench inspired Chelsea's come-from-behind win over Watford.
Marco Silva praises Watford for their fighting spirit, but feels Antonio Conte's subs were the difference maker.
Marco Silva insists Watford deserved to beat Chelsea after a late comeback handed the champions the win.

LONDON -- Three points from Chelsea's 4-2 comeback win versus Watford on Saturday at Stamford Bridge that saw the defending champions avoid three consecutive Premier League defeats.

1. Chelsea remain in the title hunt

Midway through the action-packed second half at Stamford Bridge, it genuinely seemed that Chelsea's title defence was over. With a loss, they would have ended Saturday 12 points behind leaders Manchester City. Instead, a stunning late turnaround means Chelsea are in fourth place and...

 By Phil Lythell

Conte must make up for Chelsea's depleted midfield with tactical nous

The FC panel delve into the reports that Chelsea's players may be unhappy with manager Antonio Conte.
Chelsea's Antonio Conte hit back after he was asked about Jose Mourinho's jibe suggesting rival bosses cry about injuries.

To say that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is not a happy man would be something of an understatement. Not even Eden Hazard's late equaliser in the 3-3 draw with Roma could soften his mood with the Italian maintaining a face like thunder during the rest of the match and the ensuing news conference.

There have been no attempts to play down the difficult situation that he has found himself in after a draw and two defeats from his past three matches. There have been no attempts to deflect any of the...