Antonio Conte has urged his Chelsea players to keep their discipline against Arsenal on Sunday even though he suggested they were hard done by in their previous two meetings.

Chelsea have had a man sent off in their last two defeats to Arsenal – in the FA Cup Final and the Community Shield.

Victor Moses was shown two yellow cards in the FA Cup Final 2-1 loss, one for holding back Danny Welbeck and the second for diving.

Meanwhile, Pedro was shown a straight red card in the Community Shield for a rash challenge from behind on Mohamed Elneny. Chelsea were 1-0 up at the time, but Arsenal equalised from the resulting free kick and went on to clinch the trophy on penalties.

Conte is still clearly frustrated by the decisions that went against his team. When asked by Standard Sport if he has told the players to keep their discipline against Wenger’s side, he said: “For sure when you start the game you try to keep the right discipline, but in both decisions you have to see very well whether it is a red card or not.

“I hope to finish the game with 11 players because in the last two games, we finished with 10 men. Then during the game I think win the best.”

Arsenal have already suffered defeats away to Stoke and Liverpool this term and go into the contest having finished their Europa League match against FC Cologne very late on Thursday night.

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But Conte sees the north London club as a threat to be taken seriously on Sunday and in the title race.

He added: “I think Arsenal are one of the top six teams in England. I think they have a really good squad to fight for something important.

“For this reason it’s a massive game. Playing against Arsenal is always massive – it’s the same when you face Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.

“Anything can happen. We have to fight, we have to pay attention, we are playing against a rival.

“For sure they are a big rival for the title, if you see their squad they have a lot of top players. I don’t understand why they can’t fight for the title.

“They lost only one player in (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain (sold to Liverpool) and they keep all their (other) players. In the squad they have many top players.”

Chelsea played their Champions League match at home to Qarabag on Tuesday night, therefore giving Conte’s players two more days to recover and prepare than their opponents 

But Conte said: “I watched the (Europa League) game and Wenger rotated a lot of players and rested them for the game against us. I don’t think (Chelsea having two days extra rest) is an advantage.”

Source: https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/antonio-conte-urges-chelsea-players-to-keep-discipline-against-arsenal-after-costly-red-cards-in-a3636091.html