Antonio Conte Well Aware of Arsenal's Strengths Ahead of Cup Clash

Dyche Wenger

The Arsenal boss is now serving a three-game touchline ban for comments he made after the West Brom game, and will serve the second game against Chelsea tonight in the Carabao Cup - live on talkSPORT.

It's becoming a familiar situation for Wenger after sitting among the Chelsea faithful for Arsenal's 3-1 league loss last February.

"I said, "Good afternoon" and he replied, "I'm your gardener at your house", Wenger said.

"Very uncomfortable. I felt awkward, yes."It was not a pleasant experience".

"At Chelsea, you have to go on the other side to go in the directors' box so by the time you get around the stadium, it's 10 minutes played". You see how Hazard goes down and you see how quickly he takes the penalty when he gets the penalty.

Instead of trying to navigate his way round Chelsea's ground, Wenger wants easy access to the dressing room before the game and at half-time to deliver his team talk.

Shkodran Mustafi (knock) and Granit Xhaka are the latest players on an ever-growing injury list that now has eight names on it. Arsene Wenger remarked in his pre-match press conference that the duo will face a late fitness test to determine their availability for Wednesday, but with a slight hint of skepticism.

Arsenal players
GETTY Arsenal players question the referees decision to award a penalty against them

Wenger, who was banned from the touchline after his altercation with fourth official Anthony Taylor, said: "I must tell you that was a bad experience".

'I sat next to a guy.

The boss has explained this is the case in the immediate build-up to hosting Arsenal, for the first of two matches which will decide which of these London sides goes through to the decider of this competition at the end of next month.

Regarding Conte's comments about Wenger's age, the 68-year-old said that the 48-year-old was not exactly a young man either.

"I'm Arsenal, Conte is Chelsea". This is my only worry, not that we are playing three games versus Arsenal, but because we are playing three massive games in a short time and we have to play the league and we have to play FA Cup'.

"But nobody in the whole history of English football won it more so I always took the competition in a serious way". Obviously Arsenal have the potential going forward to get a goal themselves - although they will miss Ozil - but I'm backing the Blues to edge it 2-1. "I am unhappy to go out, of course, but you must accept as well that there's no guarantee you will win it every year".

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