Arsenal shock helped Antonio Conte understand his Chelsea squad


Chelsea have scored in 23 successive Premier League games at Stamford Bridge with over half of these (12) seeing them score three or more goals. They are now on a four-game winning run in all competitions, and they seemed to have given a strong response to their critics - who had claimed that Antonio Conte's side would struggle this season.

However, they couldn't record back-to-back wins, as they fell to a 1-0 defeat on the road at Stoke City.

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.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea's monumental clash against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, the former Italy boss said: "He had a muscular problem in his calf". Parsons Green is only a short distance from Chelsea's Stamford Bridge home.

"Last year, until we lost at Everton [in December], we had not lost away the whole year". "If you remember the first goal was very unusual".

A good showing against Chelsea would boost his profile tremendously after a few hard weeks, laying the foundation for what could be a pivotal campaign for the former Barcelona man.

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Given Arsenal's bad record away at sides in the top six - which includes this season's 4-0 defeat at Anfield - it's hard to look past a win for the home side.

Wenger was speaking after Arsenal's chaotic Europa League win over Cologne on Thursday night - which saw both clubs hit with UEFA charges.

Perhaps the fact that Arsenal achieved such a comfortable and comprehensive win over Antonio Conte's Blues at the Emirates nearly exactly a year ago might make the boss consider going with a back four as well, but things were different then. "I don't know how they managed to infiltrate our fans and get everywhere but they did that very well".

"That should be an even greater motivation for us to turn up with a quality performance on Sunday". In both games they had a man sent off, which Conte made pointed reference to at his Friday afternoon press conference. I think he is well loved and he's accepted and he's happy here'.

"He was one of Conte's first signings, which shows how important he felt a player like that is to his system, whereas Wenger hesitated".