Chelsea won't even need Eden Hazard to beat Arsenal, says Danny Murphy

Conte hopeful Pedro injury is not serious

"He needs time to recover", Conte said. I think he has great experience, great global experience, and we are happy to have him in our team. The Spain global has contributed three goals and two assists in four Premier League appearances since joining from Real Madrid for an initial fee of £58 million in the summer, and Conte is impressed with how quickly his new striker has settled into English football.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that Arsenal are challengers for the title, ahead of Sunday's derby between the two London giants.

There is at least a boost for Chelsea in terms of Eden Hazard, with Conte coy yet positive on the player's possible start come the vital Premier League game against Arsenal on the weekend.

Both sides were able to rest a host of players and Le Saux that while Chelsea are favourites they could be vulnerable at the back.

"It's a pity because he was starting to work and adapt himself to our idea of football".

The Blues have won their last seven home matches against Arsenal, but will be cautious of an upset following their two recent Wembley losses to their North London rivals.


But the Gunners denied Conte the double by winning May's FA Cup final and then won the Community Shield at the Premier League champions' expense, albeit on a shoot-out.

"For me the striker is very important, very important, but he is a good guy and he wants to improve a lot, he wants to become one of the best".

"I hope to solve this situation, from yesterday [when I got sick], I took antibiotics", Conte added. "Then during the game I think the best will win". He is very close to being totally fit, we have to continue in this way.

Conte is likely to make a number of changes after rotating his players for the Qarabag contest, with four games still to play in September.

Conte arrived at his press conference on Friday with a sickness bug.

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