Gunners defeats irk Conte


Antonio Conte admits he has been frustrated with the outcome of Chelsea's last two meetings with Arsenal ahead of Sunday's game.

Chelsea’s 3-0 loss at Arsenal in September 2016 prompted a change to a 3-4-3 formation and a 13-game winning run which led to the Premier League title triumph in Conte’s first season as head coach.

But the Gunners denied Conte the double by winning May’s FA Cup final and then won the Community Shield at the Premier League champions’ expense, albeit on a shootout.

Conte was at pains to point out both Arsenal’s wins came with Chelsea reduced to 10 men. Victor Moses was sent off in the FA Cup final, Pedro in August’s season curtain raiser.

“In both situations I think you have to see very well if there was the red card or not,” Conte said.

“I hope to finish the game with 11 players. Then during the game I think the best will win.”

Asked about May’s 2-1 FA Cup final loss, in particular, Conte brought up Alexis Sanchez’s controversial early goal, which might have been ruled out for handball and offside.

Conte added: “The first goal was very strange. I am sure that this goal (should have been) disallowed. Instead, we started the game 1-0 down.”