Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was pleasantly pleased with his side's hard fought 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Sunday, as the determination on show was desperately required to rectify their recent performances on the road.
Arsenal may not have managed to beat Chelsea in their past five at Stamford Bridge, but they have beaten the Blues in their past two games against them.
Chelsea's Victor Moses in action with Arsenal's Nacho Monreal during their match.
Chelsea fans tore into Gary Cahill on Twitter yesterday afternoon after the Blues captain put in a dismal display during the 0-0 stalemate with Arsenal.
Asked if perhaps there was a foul on Luiz before he fouled Kolasinac, Conte answered: "Yeah". It was a real battle all over the pitch.
These include a loss away to Stoke City and a 4-nil thrashing at the hands of Liverpool.
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"What Arsenal did today is show some respect at Stamford Bridge and they got the result because of that". Alexandre Lacazette was there for the follow-up but his shot was high and frustratingly wide.
The senseless challenge by the Brazilian could have cost Chelsea today, and his actions also mean that he will miss one of the toughest tests this season against league leaders Man City in two weeks time.
The red card forced Conte to take off striker Alvaro Morata, but he's insisting that Alexis should have been penalised for what he did to make Luiz lose possession beforehand. The linesman correctly flagged for offside and that was as close as either side came to a goal in match that frustrated both sides as it wore on. "Now the only thing I can say is it is very important to see what happened before the David Luiz tackle". If he stops the play before I think it wouldn't happen.
"The referee has to use the whistle". Luiz's red card will only rekindle these concerns.
"We were focused and determined". "For sure, it's odd".
"We have to try and improve in all situations - tactical and physical".
"We started the game well but suffered a little after that against a really strong team", Conte added.