Chelsea manager Conte eyes revenge over Arsenal

Police patrol outside the Emirates Stadium prior to the match between Arsenal and Cologne

Police patrol outside the Emirates Stadium prior to the match between Arsenal and Cologne

I don't understand why they can't fight for the title. Despite getting off to a great start in the Europa League on Thursday, securing a 3-1 win over FC Koln, Arsenal's league form has been somewhat lacklustre as they now lie in 13th in the league standings, but it is still early days.

Chelsea defender Luiz was red-carded three minutes from the end of the derby at Stamford Bridge for a challenge on Sead Kolasinac. For this reason I think it's a massive game for us.

Chelsea - the Premier League champions - have been ticking over nicely since their opening weekend defeat at home to Burnley.

Ramsey had a number of chances for the Gunners as he produced an impressive performance for Arsene Wenger's men in west London. They kept all the players from last season.

Keen to keep his players focused, Conte refused to write off Arsenal when asked about their troubled start.

Chelsea will be more frustrated by the result given how they have played in recent weeks but it could still prove a vital point later in the campaign.

"It was a game with total intensity", said the Frenchman.

Chelsea are likely to rotate their options after making changes for the Qarabag contest, with playmaker Eden Hazard in contention to start for the Blues for the first time this season.

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. "But he will be of course with us at Chelsea", Wenger added about Sanchez".

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