Recent defeats to Arsenal remain source of irritation for Antonio Conte

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Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte picked out last season's defeat at Arsenal as a turning point ahead of Sunday's clash between the London rivals.

The 1999-2000 season saw Kanu score 17 goals in 50 matches for the Gunners and also he is one of the five players (Patrik Berger, Steven Naismith, Dion Dublin, Robin Van Persie) to have bagged hat-tricks against Chelsea.

They finished outside the top four last season for the first time in two decades.

But a sublime strike from Wayne Bridge in the UEFA Champions League second leg at Stamford Bridge sealed Chelsea's first win in 17 games. "I think it's very hard to see him before the global break (early in October)", Conte on Friday told a press conference ahead of Sunday's English Premier League (EPL) match against Arsenal.

Petr Cech will come back into the team. if Wenger keeps with the 4-2-3-1 formation it will be likely that Koscielny and Mustafi will be the centre-back pairing, with Bellerin on the right and Kolasinac on the left.

Chelsea have bounced back from their opening day defeat against Burnley to win four straight games.

After their 6-0 victory at home to woeful Azeri side Qarabag on Tuesday, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said they were relishing the prospect of facing the Gunners.

Liverpool was a big slap in the face, it wasn't acceptable for a club the size of Arsenal and the team that we are.

Conte sees it differently and expects Arsenal to mount a title challenge after the disappointment of last season's fifth-place finish. "Don't forget Alvaro is very young, I think he can improve a lot". This win just shows how capable we are of winning the Europa League. The England worldwide started in midweek and will make his Premier League return on Sunday. This included a number of measures including ensuring no tickets were sold via general sale and that no red memberships purchased after the draw were able to be used to get tickets in the home end for this match.

However, Arsene Wenger's side is never far away from a crisis.

Ronald Koeman's side are looking to bounce back from a chastening 3-0 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur, while Jose Mourinho's new-look United have yet to drop a point at home. "They have many top players".

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