Chelsea host Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday (4 February), as the Blues look to widen their lead at the top of the table.
Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal: The Gunners were extremely poor in the first half against Watford and a similar display tomorrow will nearly certainly see their title hopes ended for another year.
In a pressure cooker atmosphere a clash between Jon Obi Mikel and Kolo Toure in added time sparked a free-for-all which ended with both sent off along with Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor.
"Look, for me, it was always [a must-win game]", Wenger told Arsenal's website.
"We were on back-to-back wins, important wins, we had the momentum after the Burnley game and obviously the Southampton game went completely our way, exactly the way we wanted".
The last Chelsea manager to fail to win either of his first two league games against the Gunners was Jose Mourinho in 2004/05.
On paper, this looks as though it should be a win for United-they can not afford to lose much more ground-but everyone knows what the champions are capable of on their day. Including that match, Overs has landed in six of their eight games. We have shown in the first game that we can beat Chelsea so let's turn up with the same quality and show a straight response. The Gunners will be without manager Arsene Wenger, who is on the second match of a four match touchline ban for pushing a referee.
Wenger made three changes to his side to face Chelsea, with Hector Bellerin, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott returning to the starting XI in place of Gabriel Paulista, Olivier Giroud and the injured Aaron Ramsey.
Arsene Wenger has lost his last four league games at Stamford Bridge. As proven in glimpses this season, he is still capable of an exceptional standard of play, one that could well inspire a team to a league title.
Conte would dearly love to see off Arsenal after the north Londoners' 3-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium in their previous meeting this season. It was a solid point but they'll be ruing a missed opportunity to have extended their lead at the top of the table as results went their way on the most part.
"Conte is someone with a lot of experience, a lot of success and you can see he gets a lot of respect from his players".
"But I think we have young players who can do well in there". "I want to have this right tension. Certainly the neutrals would like that, or the title race could be over before we know it!" For sure we are a team.
"It will be very hard, it's important to remember that game". "I must also say that we were punished by the fact that we were 2-0 down after 13 minutes". I want to keep our concentration very high.
Conte was further boosted by having a full squad available for the visit of Arsenal.