Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Antonio Conte warns Chelsea to avoid ref rage in Arsenal clash

Fernando Llorente training with Spurs GETTYFernando Llorente has lifted the lid on rejecting Chelsea
Kristopher Love | 17 September, 2017, 10:15

It is with this in mind, coupled with the Gunners' atrocious start to the season which has seen them beaten 1-0 at Stoke City and humiliated 4-0 at Anfield by Liverpool, that Merson has selected his combined Arsenal and Chelsea XI for tomorrow's clash at Stamford Bridge.

Morata slightly edges things at present, with three goals in five appearances compared to Lacazette's return of two, and Merson believes the 24-year-old will prove to be a shrewd addition for the Blues and the Premier League. I don't know. But certainly they (Cologne) had more people here than tickets so that was certainly the cause.

Arsenal's 4-0 loss to Liverpool in their most recent away game led to further scrutiny over Wenger's position, which had been in doubt prior to May's FA Cup final.

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.

In 15 meetings in charge of Chelsea, Mourinho's only defeat to a Wenger side was in the 2015 FA Community Shield.

Jack Wilshere could also feature after coming off the bench to make his first Arsenal appearance in 13 months.

He added: "I think Arsenal is one of the six top teams in England they will they have a really good squad to fight for something important, the title for sure".

"What I like about Chelsea is that even when they are under pressure they always offer a threat on the counter. After that we lost at Man City, and it's true that it gave us a problem of confidence away from home".

Arsenal skipper Per Mertesacker admits he enjoyed the white hot atmosphere of Thursday's Europa League victory over FC Koln.

"In both situations I think you have to see very well if there was the red card or not", Conte said.

"We've come [into this game] from beating Bournemouth with a very good team performance, especially defensively, which is what was lacking in the last two games".

"For this reason, it is a massive game for us".

"I think it's very hard to see (Drinkwater) before the global break. He needs time to recover", Conte said.

"It's a pity because he was starting to work and to improve his physical condition and adapt to our idea of football".

"I am happy he can score with his feet or his head, or with his chest or his back".