Antonio Conte states his prediction for Chelsea v Arsenal

Antonio Conte looks ahead to Chelsea's clash with Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday

Antonio Conte has warned his Chelsea side to expect a difficult game against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime.

The Blues head into the game looking to claim victory and continue their march towards the Premier League title.

Chelsea are currently nine points clear at the top of the table and know that a victory over Arsenal would move them 12 points ahead of their bitter London rivals.

Conte’s side were beaten 3-0 by Arsenal when the two teams last met at The Emirates back in September.

However, Chelsea have not looked back since then and have established themselves as the firm favourites to win the title this season.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s clash with Arsenal, Conte told his news conference on Friday afternoon: “It’s important to remember the defeat against Arsenal.

“It was a bad defeat, 3-0 in the first half. In my mind this defeat is always present. I hope also it is in the mind of my players because tomorrow this game will be very difficult.

“A lot of things have changed now. For sure we are a team, we want to have a good game against Arsenal and try to win.

“At this moment it’s very important to exploit this momentum. We are in good shape; we are playing good football with intensity. Now we have a good opportunity to show this.

“We play at home, we have our fans to push us a lot, but for sure we must pay great attention.”

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Conte was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor at Stamford Bridge in the summer after the Blues ended up 10th in the table and without a trophy following a season to forget last term.

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