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Wenger Confident Ahead Of Chelsea's Clash

17 September 2017

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal's players and fans have demonstrated their love for Alexis Sanchez- and has called on the player to repay their faith with more match-winning performances, starting at Chelsea.

With Alexis Sanchez scoring a controversial opener for Arsenal and Chelsea's Victor Moses sent off for diving, it was a bitter conclusion to an otherwise ideal first season in charge for Conte.

But they beat Antonio Conte's side in last season's FA Cup final before overcoming them again in the Community Shield in August.

Chelsea conceded three goals in less than 45 minutes at the Emirates Stadium last September, prompting Conte to switch to a 3-4-3 formation at half-time.

Arsenal are yet to pick up a point away from home this season and, in all honesty, are yet to display any sort of quality required to be triumphant in the most competitive and coveted division in the world. It's important not to think of the Liverpool game. If you remember the first goal was very odd, I am sure that this goal [should have been] disallowed instead. I am sure that this goal [would be] disallowed. We tried to change the game, then a red card, with 10 men we drew, but then we concede another goal.

Two FA Cup final goalscorers - Sanchez and Diego Costa - have been subject to speculation of departures but remain, for now.

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Conte will be without Danny Drinkwater after the England midfielder, a deadline-day signing from Leicester City, was ruled out for several weeks with a calf muscle injury.

Conte said: "It's very hard to see him before the global break".

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. He's very close to be totally fit.

That was a long time ago though, Arsene.

'And I think the team and especially the fans are always excited when it comes to Chelsea v Arsenal'. "Don't forget Alvaro is very young, I think he can improve a lot".

Arsenal have lost both of their opening two Premier League away games this season, at Stoke and Liverpool.

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"I am happy he can score with his feet or his head, or with his chest or his back". The 21st anniversary of his appointment comes next month.

"I want to speak about Chelsea's situation, not Arsenal's".

"When we talk about it, we will be unlucky. They solve their problems, we solve our problems". Air conditioning systems can irritate his throat and he has been taking antibiotics since Thursday to try to address it.

However, he hopes to be able to bellow instructions to his players from the touchline as usual on Sunday. "It was all kind of speculations you know that we had to analyse and see how we can deal with the situation", he said.

Keen to avoid another damaging dismissal at Stamford Bridge this weekend, the Chelsea boss told his players to focus on keeping their emotions in check, while also placing the spotlight on referee Michael Oliver.

Conte opened his press conference with thoughts for those affected.

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Wenger Confident Ahead Of Chelsea's Clash