Wenger denies that Arsenal have lost their confidence

Police patrol outside the Emirates Stadium prior to the match between Arsenal and Cologne

Police patrol outside the Emirates Stadium prior to the match between Arsenal and Cologne

A midfield partnership with Granit Xhaka could work well at the base of the Arsenal team but it's not worth testing against Chelsea.

Asked whether he feels his side lack confidence away to top-four teams he replied: "No. Look, if you look at my record you will see that I played two years in England, in the Premier League, without losing games away from home".

Conte was at pains to point out both Arsenal's wins came with Chelsea reduced to 10 men. In the cup final Victor Moses was given a second yellow card for a dive in the penalty area, while Pedro was sent off in the Community Shield for fouling Mohamed Elneny.

Conte, 48, watched on as his close friend Frank de Boer, 47, was brutally kicked out at Crystal Palace after just four league games. Wenger rotated a lot of players, a lot of players are rested for the game against us. "Then, during the game, I think that the best team will win".

Conte still has an issue with Alexis Sanchez's opening goal in the cup final, which could easily have been disallowed for either handball or offside. I don't know if they went through Arsenal membership, on the internet... they did very well. Their players were really well-positioned at the start of the game.

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

"It is very hard to see him (returning) before the global 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 away club were only given 3,000 tickets but up to 20,000 fans are estimated to have made the trip for their first European tie in 20 years.

The Belgium playmaker, who tore through Arsenal to score a stunning solo goal in February, suffered a broken ankle in June.

"For sure he is improving and to have this type of patience (with his comeback) is paying off. They have many top players". "I don't think it's an advantage".

Keen to avoid another damaging dismissal at Stamford Bridge this weekend, the Chelsea boss told his players to focus on keeping their emotions in check, while also placing the spotlight on referee Michael Oliver. When you play against Arsenal it is always a massive game.

So happy he has refused to sign a new deal. The 21st anniversary of his appointment comes next month.

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