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EPL: Chelsea must play despite London terror attack, says Conte

EPL: Chelsea must play despite London terror attack, says Conte

Chelsea are the reigning champions and Antonio Conte believes his side is good enough repeat.

Conte disagreed with both decisions but he knows the red cards had a significant influence on Chelsea's defeats against their London rivals.

The Gunners' last win at Stamford Bridge came nearly six years ago.

Two consecutive wins will give the Gunners some confidence going into the match, but it's unlikely to be enough to claim a point at the current Premier League champions.

Wenger pointed to the FA Cup success, a record 13th victory for Arsenal and an unmatched seventh for the 67-year-old, as proof his players have the spirit to provide the reaction he is calling for. If you remember the first goal was very unusual, I am sure that this goal [should have been] disallowed instead.

The last time the Gunners were in the competition the Europa League was called the UEFA Cup.

Arsenal have endured a more turbulent start to the season, with defeats at Stoke and Liverpool piling pressure on Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. Which hopefully has got across to the players for the game which will be without the arch nemesis of Arsenal for the last couple of years in Diego Costa.

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It was just rank, poor play from us that cost us goals. "Fans deserve better and that was my motivation to carry on this season". Former Everton midfielder Lee Carsley, part of Redknapp's backroom staff, will takeover as caretaker manager.

Although us Arsenal fans aren't expecting much from the match, if it's anything other than three points I think it will be another season of our only realistic ambition is making the top four.

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. For this reason, we must have great patience.

"In that game they dominated us from the start until the end".

Arsenal won their first Europa League game since 2000 after beating FC Koln 2-1 at the Emirates.

"Last season I said during many press conferences about N'Golo that he could improve a lot with the ball", Conte added. In terms of team news, we'll see the return of all the first team players weren't involved in the midweek match. I think that I trust myself and my idea, in my methods.

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