Garth Crooks compares Arsenal's Kolasinac to a toilet after Chelsea

David Luiz and Alexandre Lacazette

I think even Luiz, with a bit of distance, will accept that he went in too strongly.

The Blues have now received five red cards in their last eight games, including May's FA Cup final loss to Arsenal, with four of those this season.

Oddly, Crooks has opted to pick a non-scoring player or two this time round, with Sead Kolasinac finding his way into the line-up following a sturdy outing in Arsenal's stoic 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Sunday.

Luiz will be available for next week's Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid next week. I have played in many of these kinds of matches so I know you have to keep your emotions under control, be intelligent and understand the game will not be finished until the very end.

Embarrassingly for Luiz, in his programme notes for the game, he wrote: "These are the best games, and I love to play in them".

"For sure, that was a foul", he said.

Rather than admit Luiz's wrongdoing, Conte apportioning the blame primarily at the feet of the match officials smacks of the growing ill-discipline in the Chelsea ranks.

'For sure it is unusual but in all situations we have to try to improve; in the tactical situation, the physical situation and also we must try to improve in this situation, and also we hope to be more lucky in the future.

"I was a player and I think it can happen, this type of period, if you are not so lucky and receive red cards", Conte added.

Pedro is likely to miss out with an ankle problem which saw him substituted at half-time, but his replacement Tiemoue Bakayoko enhanced Chelsea's midfield.

The Bosnia & Herzegovina worldwide was one of Arsenal's better performers as they left Stamford Bridge with a point, and while he didn't get his name on the scoresheet or provide an assist, his toughness was what Garth Crooks was really impressed by. "My vision must be total and I'm really happy with his performance". "Everyone wanted to see how we responded to our last away league game and we did that in a positive way. Sometimes [this season] the opponents deserved a red card but, instead, they carry on playing with 11 men".

Danny Welbeck suffered a groin injury which could make him doubtful for Wednesday's Doncaster clash.

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