Chelsea v Arsenal Tip - Blues to Pour Further Misery on Gunners


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

Chelsea fell to a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal last season, with Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil putting the west London side to the sword.

"When we play Arsenal it is always a massive game, the same as when we play City, United and Liverpool".

"Conte said: "[Pedro] was a bit injured because he got a kick on his ankle.

The Blues, however, missed out on a domestic double last term when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley back in May. "For sure I don't change my mentality".

But a sublime strike from Wayne Bridge in the UEFA Champions League second leg at Stamford Bridge sealed Chelsea's first win in 17 games. "But in both situations you have to see very well if there was a red card or not".

Victories against Bournemouth and Cologne have done little to ease the concerns of Arsenal fans who believe Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is no longer the right man for the job.

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Chelsea v Arsenal Tip - Blues to Pour Further Misery on Gunners

"I think it's very hard to see him before the global break (early in October)", Conte on Friday told a press conference ahead of Sunday's English Premier League (EPL) match against Arsenal.

Keen to keep his players focused, Conte refused to write off Arsenal when asked about their troubled start. Arsenal's front man Alexandre Lacazette has scored one less goal but has flashed all of his upside, giving the Gunners hope they have finally found the man to spearhead their attack in the central areas.

Conte told Sky Sports : "David Luiz, you know very well that I don't like to comment about the referee".

Arsenal's display on Sunday, full of steel and discipline as well as attacking intent, gave the Frenchman's theory plenty of weight as they stood toe-to-toe with the champions and were the better side for spells.

"I was a player and I think it can happen, this type of period, if you are not so lucky and receive red cards", Conte added.

"I've been taking anti-biotics".

"On Wednesday he'll have the possibility to start the game against Nottingham Forest and complete his recovery". "And obviously he's going to be vital", Mertesacker said.

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