Antonio Conte warns Chelsea to avoid ref rage in Arsenal clash

"I think it's very difficult to see him before the international break (early in October)", Conte on Friday told a press conference ahead of Sunday's English Premier League (EPL) match against Arsenal.

They responded to their opening-day defeat by Burnley by beating three of the division's potential top-eight finishers, in Tottenham, Everton and Leicester.

If not, it could be another long afternoon for Arsene Wenger's side at Chelsea. "Arsenal always played with a back four and then at the end of last season they changed their system. but I think they won't change against us".

"For sure he is improving and to have this type of patience (with his comeback) is paying off. He is very close to be totally fit and we have to continue in this way".

Conte will also want to win given he lost the FA Cup final and the Community Shield to the Gunners and Wenger - and will know that Chelsea are only ever one step and one loss away from the media and the fans reading a huge amount into a situation and creating a crisis where there usually is not one.

"I think he's happy to join in and just sacrifice, that's what he always does".

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Keen to keep his players focused, Conte refused to write off Arsenal when asked about their troubled start. "Then during the game I think the best will win". There are six top teams and when you play it is a massive game.

Thousands of you used our interactive team selector tool to pick a starting line-up mixed with the top players from the two London clubs.

"Wenger rotated and rested a lot of players. Then I'll try to make the best decision for the Arsenal game".

"It is a massive game". They kept all the players from last season.

Chelsea suffered Wembley disappointment in both the FA Cup and the Community Shield, yet Arsenal invariably leave Stamford Bridge feeling frustrated.

"But when you stay on the bus, I risk a lot, because I suffer with air conditioning". He will wear the number 36 shirt, and will be itching to get involved with the first-team squad's matchday preparations should the opportunity arise.

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