This season, Antonio Conte, the Chelsea head coach expects Arsenal to be in contention for the Premier League title.
Last season, Gunners finished 18 points behind Chelsea as Conte led the Blues to the league title in his first season at the club but, Arsene Wenger’s side came out on top in the FA Cup final to deny him a domestic double.
A 5th-placed league finish led to pressure on Arsenal boss who was criticized from some supporters again following a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool a fortnight ago. Conte, however, believes Arsenal will be challenging for the title this year.
He said, “Arsenal are a big rival for the title,” he said. “If you see their squad you can understand that – they have a lot of top players. I don’t understand why they can’t fight for the title. They have lost only one player, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, and they have kept all of their players. They have many top players.”
He added: “I think Arsenal is one of the six top teams in England they will they have a really good squad to fight for something important, the title for sure. That’s the reason why I think this is a massive game for us. When you play against Arsenal it is always a massive game.
“It’s the same when you play against (Manchester) City, Liverpool, (Manchester) United or Tottenham, there are six top teams in England. Anything can happen and for this reason we must pay great attention. We must fight.”
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