Antonio Conte Admits Ross Barkley Needs Adjustment Period

Antonio Conte Admits Ross Barkley Needs Adjustment Period

"Whenever Arsenal play against Chelsea and win, it's significant, so to do so in the semi-final of the League Cup is bonus territory".

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte could well be set for an exit, as the club's board and owner are furious with him.

Even if Arsenal are under a bad run of form or with an under-strength side, Wenger always know how to deal with Chelsea.

Asked to elaborate on the "uncertainty", the Frenchman explained: "We lost a great player in Alexis Sanchez but when a team doesn't know what's going on in the dressing room there is less clarity and focus on performances".

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insisted that he has little influence over the club's transfer market activity after they were knocked out of the League Cup by Arsenal on Wednesday.

While we should probably give Barkley the benefit of the doubt, because it was his first match in eight months, there's no doubt that he'll need to up his game to stay in the Chelsea team. Nacho Monreal headed powerfully goalwards from a corner, which then took a double deflection off Marcos Alonso and then Rudiger, leaving Willy Caballero flat-footed in the Chelsea goal. "We don't have many players to make (attacking) substitutions", Conte said.

"Now in the next six or eight games we have the next rounds of the FA Cup, we have the Champions League and we have the Premier League".

Conte clearly indicated that his preference would have been not to play Barkley as he is yet to complete his road back to full fitness, having missed the entire opening half of the season due to the aforementioned injury.

This is probably Wengers' last chance to get his hands on a trophy that has alluded him for 22 years, no one can deny him that opportunity.

Chelsea were hit with an injury blow when Willian was forced off with what looked like a hamstring problem after 29 minutes and his departure handed a debut off the bench to Ross Barkley.

"What's best is I don't talk about that because it won't help", Wenger said.

The Wembley clash takes place just a day earlier than last year's final and at exactly the same time.

Arsenal had much the better of the second half and scored the crucial goal on the hour mark through Xhaka.