Arsenal still title contenders despite mixed form, says Antonio Conte

Arsenal still title contenders despite mixed form, says Antonio Conte

"Mourinho was a little rude about Chelsea after last weekend's matches, criticising Conte for defensive football", he told Starsport.

"But our record against Chelsea recently has been good".

Conte disagreed with both decisions but he knows the red cards had a significant influence on Chelsea's defeats against their London rivals.

Kante was instrumental in helping Chelsea to win the Premier League title with two games to spare under Antonio Conte last season.

Arsenal is at its healthiest thus far through the first month-plus, and that bodes well for Wenger, who will have to consider making some changes to his starting XI as the Gunners prepare to play their third match in a space of eight days. Eden Hazard, who made a substitute appearance in midweek, is available at 9/5 odds.

With another two years left on his contract, many Arsenal fans hope for improvements at the club, including a possible win at Chelsea this Sunday.

"Arsenal always played with a back four and then at the end of last season they changed their system. but I think they won't change against us".

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Wenger's side have no margin for error as they try to keep up with the early pace-setters in the title race and Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker admits it's essential Sanchez rediscovers his best form.

"Anything can happen and for this reason we must pay great attention".

Arsenal played their Europa League tie on Thursday, giving Chelsea a potential advantage as they have been able to rest since their fixture on Tuesday.

Conte added that the game against Arsenal should go ahead tomorrow despite an explosive device being detonated on a tube train near the club's west London stadium yesterday.

"We worked in full consultation with police and UEFA officials on the night and in advance of the game and had taken extensive steps in advance to prevent tickets being sold to visiting supporters", the statement said. I think he is well loved and he's accepted and he's happy here'.

Like Costa, England midfielder Danny Drinkwater will not be involved against Arsenal, with his debut delayed until October by a calf injury.

"It is very hard to see him (returning) before the worldwide break. He needs time to recover".

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