Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: Arsenal game must be staged

Annette Crawford
September 17, 2017

After a rough start to the season in a 3-2 loss to Burnley in their opening Premier League fixture, Chelsea have found form and look nearly unstoppable.

The Gunners have lost two of their first four matches and the most recent away game prior to their trip to Stamford Bridge was a 4-0 loss at Liverpool, which reignited debate about Arsene Wenger's position as manager.

Paul Merson has claimed that Danny Welbeck has to start against Chelsea, as he is the only Arsenal player "that causes them problems".

"If you see their squad you can understand there are a lot of top players".

'I think that actually in terms of rivalries that Chelsea have, the one with Tottenham is perhaps even bigger than Arsenal, ' said the 23-year-old.

The England worldwide, who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough, played 73 minutes and his return will provide the manager with an added option in defence.

Morata has played seven more league minutes than Lacazette and has been far more productive, registering three goals and two assists compared to the Frenchman's two strikes.

"I think Arsenal is one of the six top teams in England".

"I believe that, on the day [against Liverpool], everything went against us".

Conte rotated his options for Tuesday night's 6-0 Champions League win over Qarabag of Azerbaijan. Eden Hazard looks set to start his first league game of the season.

"The best target is to try to make the best decision for every game and try also to win", Conte added. Opta Stats Arsenal have lost their last five away Premier League games versus Chelsea, their joint-longest away losing run in the competition against a single opponent. I'm pleased for the commitment, for the performance of my players. He missed Arsenal's opening two games due to the lack of pre-season training, and then picked up a minor injury while on global duty.

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