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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea puts pressure on Danny Welbeck of Arsenal during the The FA Community Shield final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 6, 2017 in London, England.

TEAM NEWS

Chelsea

Danny Drinkwater suffered a calf injury and won’t be back until mid-October, after international break

– Captain Gary Cahill is back after a 3-match-suspension

Eden Hazard can start his first game for Chelsea in this season

 

Arsenal 

Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are out for this game.

Theo Walcott is a doubt after limping off against Koln in Europa League on Thursday night

– Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette rested against the German side but will all return to the squad at Stamford Bridge.

Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are both doubts, as Arsene Wenger revealed.

 

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger; Zappacosta, Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Morata, Hazard.

Arsenal– Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Sanchez, Welbeck, Lacazette.

 

Kick Off – 1.30 pm BST

Venue – Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Referee – Michael Oliver

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TEAM NEWS

Chelsea

Danny Drinkwater suffered a calf injury and won’t be back until mid-October, after international break

– Captain Gary Cahill is back after a 3-match-suspension

Eden Hazard can start his first game for Chelsea in this season

Provisional squad: Courtois, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Morata, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Musonda, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Clarke-Salter, Scott, Eduardo.

Arsenal 

Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are out for this game.

Theo Walcott is a doubt after limping off against Koln in Europa League on Thursday night

– Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette rested against the German side but will all return to the squad at Stamford Bridge.

Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Mertesacker, Holding, Koscielny, Monreal, Mustafi, Bellerin, Nelson, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Wilshere, Coquelin, Xhaka, Elneny, Ozil, Giroud, Walcott, Sanchez, Iwobi, Welbeck, Lacazette.

 

Possible Line-Ups

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger; Zappacosta, Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Morata, Pedro.

ARSENAL – Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Sanchez, Ozil, Lacazette.

 

Little Stats

In the previous 191 matches Chelsea won 62, drew 54 , lost 75

 

Kick Off

1.30 pm BST

Venue

Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Referee

Michael Oliver

 

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Arsene Wenger says he believes Sunday’s game vs Chelsea will be very important for the Gunners’ season.

Wenger himself believes also his team can perform better than they did vs Liverpool and they can get a good result at Stamford Bridge.

“It’s an important game for us,” – Wenger said. – “The way we deal with that on Sunday will have an importance on our season. But it’s very early. I’m confident that away from home we will get the points we want, but certainly mentally for our team it is important to play well and get a positive result. As always the key is to be much better defensively than we were at Anfield, and to be much more dangerous going forward. By not being too obsessed by our opponent and not to forget to play our football. Chelsea had a surprising early defeat but after that they have responded very well, to beat Tottenham and Leicester away from home. Overall since their first home defeat, they have played three difficult teams and won their games, so it looks again like they will fight for the Premier League.”

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Speaking during a press conference to preview Arsenal derby today Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wanted to express his feelings and his concern regarding the terror attack at Parsons Green tube station, that is also really close to Stamford Bridge stadium.

“All out thoughts are for the people affected in the tube incident.

“For sure this kind of situation is very dangerous and we think about that, I think that we have to try to think only to play the game, this is the best way to overcome this.

“When I was coaching Italy there was a terror attack in Belgium and we stayed there, it’s important to go on and of course there is a great disappointment, it’s difficult to understand why, we have to continue to show that we are stronger than them.

Continuing to speak to the press, Conte focused on the clash against the Gunners next Sunday.

Eden Hazard was back onto the pitch with Chelsea in Champions League on Tuesday night, but the Italian manager still doesn’t know if he will start him:

“The best thing it’s to make the best decision for every game, also trying to win because it’s very important, now there is another game against Arsenal, we have another day to check the physical condition.

“Hazard is improving and I think to wait it’s a decision that it’s paying, he’s very close to be fit, I have to make the best decision for the players.

Blues captain Gary Cahill is back in Premier League after a 3-game-suspension:

“Cahill came back against Qarabag and played very well, he had a good performance, I have another day to reflect and take the best decision for Sunday.

Then Conte focused on the rivals:

“I think Arsenal are one of the six top teams in England and I think they have a really good squad to fight for something important, this is a massive game for us. it’s the same when you play again Liverpool or Manchester United or Totteham, anything can happen, we have to pay attention, we have to fight and play a good game against our rival.

“I watched the game against Koln and I guess Wenger rotated a lot players, so I guess it’s not an advantage for them.

“Arsenal always play with 4 at the back and I don’t think they will change their system against us”

Asked if he feels some kind of revenge after losing both FA Cup Final and Community Shield to Arsenal in the past months and in both games Chelsea finished with 10 men, so Conte said:

“I hope to finish the game with 11 players, in the last two games we finished with 10 men and I hope this…then during the game I think to do the best.

“For sure when you start the game you always try to keep the right discipline, in both situations you have to value very well if there was a red card or not.

“Arsenal are a big rival in the title race and if you their squad you can see they got a lot of top players, I don’t understand why they cannot fight for the title, they lost only one player [Oxlade-Chamberlain]  and they kept all the players in their squad.”

Conte was also asked about Danny Drinkwater‘s conditions:

“He’s got a muscular problem in his calf, I think it’s not possible to see him before international break, I think it’s a pity, because he was starting to adapt to the new club and our idea of football.”

Fabregas joked on the fact that Alvaro Morata only scored with headers until now, but Conte doesn’t care, as the most important thing it’s not how to score, but do that:

“I think it’s right to score, I am happy if he scores in any way, with his head, feet, chest, head…it’s important he keeps to score and try to improve every training session”.

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Antonio Conte thinks Arsenal can be a rival not only in the Community Shield today but in the title race as well.

The Italian manager also praised Gunners coach Arsene Wenger ahead of today’s derby at Wembley:

“Arsenal is a potential rival this season because I consider Arsenal one of six teams ready to fight to win the title and I consider Arsene Wenger to be one of the best coaches,” the Chelsea boss claimed.

“He is a very good coach and he has had a lot of time to build his team and his squad, and I think he is the right choice for them. I’m not surprised he stayed because he is one of the best in the world and Arsenal is one of the best teams.”

Conte repeated that his guys have to be aware that the starting campaign will be tougher than the last one, where Chelsea were Champions:

“After a season, it’s important to understand what were the positive things and what were the negative things. This is the situation you need in order to improve and make your team stronger.

“I think, for sure, the positive thing was our formation, our system, because we found the right balance offensively and defensively and it was very important for our season.

“We have to continue to work with our players on specific situations, both offensively and defensively, to try to find a new attack, or a new tactical situation with our defensive line, whether we want to defend higher or lower.

“After a season I think it’s right to review everything to improve your team in a tactical and physical aspect and to change something.”

Conte also feels he has improved as a coach after one year in England and he is now prepared for Chelsea rivals to give everything to prevent the Blues from reclaiming the Premier League crown.

“To be coach for a great team in England is great, but also gives you a lot of responsibility. You know that when you arrive in England, you must be ready to fight with big teams, with big players against big coaches. This league has made me better than before, I am sure about this.

“In England, you win the title and the next season the teams prepare to fight you with all their strength. They go to the transfer market, they try to improve and it is very difficult to repeat the success of the season before.”

 

 

 

 

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After playing the Confederations Cup with Chile and missing some training sessions because of a flu, Alexis Sanchez played a full part in the Arsenal‘s training at Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

Probably Sanchez will not be part of the Gunners starting XI on Sunday at Wembley for the Community Shield, but Arsene Wenger confirmed he wants to include him in Arsenal’s selection for the game vs Chelsea.

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Chelsea will face Arsenal at Wembley for the Community Shield on Sunday, August 6th at Wembley.

However, before that game, which is worth the first trophy of the new season, the two London clubs will play a friendly tomorrow in China.

According to the Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger the game will not really be a friendly: “It’s a friendly against Chelsea and that means it is not really a friendly,” – Wenger said. – “There’s always some pride at stake and London desire. It was an interesting game in the FA Cup final. We play Chelsea in Community Shield and early in the season again. We know each other very well. It’s difficult to know how prepared Chelsea will be, it is another test for us.”

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Arsenal are interested in Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and according to Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio the Gunners have proposed a swap deal to sign the Serbian player.

In order to secure Matic’s performances Arsene Wenger will offer Chelsea the midfielder Axel Oxlade-Chamberlain in exchange.

In the last few weeks a lot of teams have expressed their interest for Matic: Manchester UnitedInter Milan and Juventus.

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ARSENAL –  Ospina, Holding, Mertesacker (c), Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck.

Subs: Cech, Elneny, Coquelin, Iwobi, Lucas, Walcott, Giroud.

Manager: Arsene Wenger

CHELSEA – Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.

Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Ake, Terry, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

 

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Injured and suspended players are a “nightmare” for Arsene Wenger ahead of the Fa Cup final vs Chelsea.

Koscielny was sent off last Sunday vs Everton, Gabriel is injured and also Mustafi is not sure to play at Wembley.

“It just shows you how unpredictable football can be because we played at home, your mind is on attacking, and on the day we lost two centre backs,” – Wenger told Arsenal’s official website. – “It’s absolutely unbelievable and unpredictable, and we have been hit hard in a position where we will need to be strong on Saturday. We’ll have to find solutions and hopefully I will find the good solutions. I have to decide until Saturday whether to keep a back three or not: we’ll test that in training until then.”

 

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