Chelsea vs Arsenal: 5 Talking Points as Blues reduced to 10 men

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He was given more minutes to test the water against Arsenal, and with matches coming thick and fast, Conte is now eager to give him his first full game against the Championship side.

Instead, Conte referenced the Blues' previous two games against Arsenal - the Community Shield in August where Pedro was sent off, and the FA Cup final in May where Victor Moses saw red - and admitted the circumstance was "very unusual".

It has set up a tantalising clash, in which both sides will be going for three points - Chelsea will be hoping to keep pace at the top, whilst Arsenal need a win to climb into the top half.

Arguably they should at least have got on the scoreboard but their record signing Alexandre Lacazette missed an open goal in the first-half. "But sometimes, it is very unusual to finish for the third time in a row with 10 men against Arsenal".

"It was excessive force, yes".

"For sure it's unusual". But, I repeat, the referee took this decision. "Sometimes the opponent deserves a red card and instead they continue to play with 11 men". "A odd situation", he told reporters.

Following today's result, the reigning Champions now have 10 points after five games, the same total we had at this stage a year ago.

"I think we have to try to improve all the situations physical, tactical and we will try to pay more attention in the future".

On his midfield partnership with Granit Xhaka, the Welshman added: "Me and Granit have played a lot of games together and have a good understanding".

Both sides had their chances and Arsenal even had a goal ruled out for offside.

"Arsenal are a really good team, a strong team".

Danny Welbeck is facing yet another lengthy absence from the Arsenal team after limping off in the 73rd minute of their goalless draw against Chelsea with a suspected groin tear.

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