Hazard, Sanchez Set to Start as Chelsea Host Arsenal in London Derby

The Cologne fans clashed with stewards and police at the Emirates

The Cologne fans clashed with stewards and police at the EmiratesROBIN JONES REX

I don't understand why they can't fight for the title.

After a tough match with Cologne in the Europa League on Thursday night, the Gunners may be feelilng a little delicate but they will be confident having won their previous two encounters, in the FA Cup final and the Community Shield.

'I think that actually in terms of rivalries that Chelsea have, the one with Tottenham is perhaps even bigger than Arsenal, ' said the 23-year-old.

"I remember very well that game".

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Chelsea - the Premier League champions - have been ticking over nicely since their opening weekend defeat at home to Burnley. Interestingly, in their last 13 visits to teams who finished inside the top six last season, Arsenal have failed to pick up a victory with their last win coming against Manchester City in 2015.

Keen to keep his players focused, Conte refused to write off Arsenal when asked about their troubled start.

Speaking during Sky Sports' coverage of the game, Smith said: "He's going to pick up the [man of the match] award".

Chelsea will be more frustrated by the result given how they have played in recent weeks but it could still prove a vital point later in the campaign.

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Conte's main concern heading into the derby is an illness that has given him a sore throat - not an ideal situation for a manager renowned for bellowing instructions at his players during matches. Eden Hazard looks set to start his first league game of the season. "Then I'll try to make the best decision for the Arsenal game".

Aware that Liverpool exploited Arsenal's defensive flaws, Mertesacker says his side won't be so naive this time.

Wenger waited until the final 25 minutes before turning to Sanchez in the hope of his talisman inspiring Arsenal to a late victor.

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