Arsene Wenger demands response from Arsenal against Chelsea


Arsene Wenger demands response from Arsenal against Chelsea

Arsenal lost the reverse fixture against Chelsea 3-1 last term and they will be eager to avoid a repeat.

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

In 15 meetings in charge of Chelsea, Mourinho's only defeat to a Wenger side was in the 2015 FA Community Shield. In both games they had a man sent off, which Conte made pointed reference to at his Friday afternoon press conference. Victor Moses was sent off in the FA Cup final, Pedro in August's season curtain raiser.

"It was a really bad game for us", Conte said.

"For Gary, he came back against Qarabag and I think he played very well, a good performance". Chelsea are not a negative side - the goals for column tells you that! I am sure that this goal (should have been) disallowed.

Despite that early setback, though, he turned Chelsea into title winners come May.

Deadline day signing Danny Drinkwater suffered a calf injury during training, meaning he'll have to wait until after the next worldwide break before he makes his debut.

"I think it's very hard to see (Drinkwater) before the worldwide break".

Conte is one of the most exuberant coaches in the Premier League on a match day, something that has been well documented throughout his time at the club.

The Belgium playmaker, who tore through Arsenal to score a stunning solo goal in February, suffered a broken ankle in June. "To have this type of patience for him is paying off". He is very close to be totally fit and we have to continue in this way. In total the Gunners managed just 10pts in their 10 matches against their fellow top six teams, which went some way to seeing them miss out on a Champions League spot.

Parsons Green is only a short distance from Chelsea's Stamford Bridge home.

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.

But with the summer window now done with, Sanchez will likely want to get back to his best in a hurry―whether he intends to sign a new and improved deal with the Gunners or earn a transfer in 2018.