Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger takes serious jab at Chelsea's Antonio Conte

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger takes serious jab at Chelsea's Antonio Conte

Conte has spent more than £100-million on Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger to avoid becoming the third axed champion.

In the past two seasons, Chelsea and Leicester City have sacked their managers less than a year after winning the title.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has blasted Chelsea manager Antonio Conte ahead of their EPL kick-off this season.

"Matic was a big player for Chelsea last season and even though they have sign players to replace him, he is going to be missed and possibly just as significantly, he strengthens Manchester United, there is no doubt about that".

Chelsea begin the defence of their Premier League title when Burnley visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday and new £70m signing Morata is set to make his top-flight debut for the Blues.

"We are facing different problems".

But despite Chelsea's troubles, the former Juventus coach claimed he doesn't care what anyone thinks about his club's predicament.

Conte said: "I'm not looking for sympathy of any coaches for this situation".

"The situation is clear and I stop".

"I heard whispers at the back end of last season that he wanted to go and even if the club can not come out and say too much about that, maybe there was an element of that in play here when this deal went through. I think also in this season, this will happen". My aim is to try to improve my players, to try to improve my team. This must be my focus during this period.

"It's the start of the Premier League and it's very important for us". Conte said there was "no news" on Costa, who is expected to leave in the transfer window.

Costa responded by leaking the text to the media, while his lawyer threatened legal action against Chelsea, who have so far failed to find a buyer for their disgruntled star.

Last week, Morata came on as a 74th-minute substitute for Michy Batshuayi in the Community Shield penalty shootout defeat to Arsenal at Wembley and Conte said the 24-year-old is still not ready.

Chelsea only played five pre-season games this summer, although they did include tests against Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Arsenal (twice).

Asked about the areas he needs strengthening, Conte said: "Again my focus is on the team, the training sessions and the games - this must be my focus".

"Alvaro is working well but he needs time to understand and adapt to our style of football, above all because he's a striker. This role is the most hard to adapt to then the other roles".

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