Can Arsenal's Good Form Continue At Stamford Bridge?

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked about a number of issues at a news conference on Friday ahead of this weekend's London derby against Arsenal. But I think now he's a complete player - he's a top player with the ball, without the ball.

But a sublime strike from Wayne Bridge in the UEFA Champions League second leg at Stamford Bridge sealed Chelsea's first win in 17 games.

He netted one of the goals of the season in this fixture a year ago, the famous night against Spurs that won Leicester the title.

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 expanded on his point stating that playing away doesn't really matter, but rather how much you want to win the game.

The pressure will be on Arsenal to avoid a third successive league defeat on the road having already come unstuck at Stoke City and Liverpool, where they were thrashed 4-0.

Jack Wilshere could also feature after coming off the bench to make his first Arsenal appearance in 13 months.

Arsenal skipper Per Mertesacker admits he enjoyed the white hot atmosphere of Thursday's Europa League victory over FC Koln.

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While he was in charge of Chelsea in his two stints, Mourinho never lost an EPL game and one victory which will go down in history for Chelsea is their 6-0 thumping of the Gunners at Stamford Bridge in Arsene Wenger's 100th game in charge of the club in 2013.

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. "Anything can happen and we must pay great attention and play a great game against a rival".

"I hope to finish the game with 11 players", Conte said.

Like Costa, England midfielder Danny Drinkwater will not be involved against Arsenal, with his debut delayed until October by a calf injury.

"We have launched a full review into the circumstances surrounding the game and will ensure any lessons that can be learned are used in the future". For sure there is a great disappointment, it is very hard to understand why. "I think he's happy to join in and just sacrifice, that's what he always does".

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.

"It's a pity because he was starting to work and adapt himself to our idea of football".

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