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Europa winners should not qualify for Champions League - Wenger

Europa winners should not qualify for Champions League - Wenger”

Arsene Wenger wants the Arsenal fanbase to stand "united and together" going into the new Premier League season following their Community Shield win over Chelsea.

Chelsea will return to the Champions League this season under Antonio Conte and Azpilicueta insists the squad is capable of challenging in Europe.

Conte plans to stick with the formation which served Chelsea so well last term.

"For sure this question is good for the club, not for me", he said.

Chelsea's Victor Moses opened the scoring when he reacted fastest to smash a loose ball past Petr Cech in the 46th minute before Arsenal substitute Sead Kalasinac equalized in the 82nd minute, heading home to cap an impressive performance.

"I was looking at the programme earlier and if you look at the two squads, Chelsea have got half what the Arsenal squad is". Manager Arsene Wenger believes midfielder Aaron Ramsey will play after missing training on Thursday due to a "muscular problem", while Francis Coquelin is ruled out.

Nemanja Matic and John Terry have departed, Bakayoko and Eden Hazard will miss the start of the season with injuries, and Costa is in exile while Chelsea try to find a buyer following Conte's text message spat with the Spain striker.

"We have arrived at the end of the season and many players are exhausted, and then there is a lot of pressure".

"After a season I think it's right to review everything to improve your team in a tactical and physical aspect and to change something".

On Perez though Wenger was a bit more concrete as he said: "We have a congestion of strikers, I don't like to lose him because he's a top quality striker but at some stage, too much competition is no competition".

"The two team will certainly go for the first trophy of the season with power and a desire as well to be ready for the championship, so that plays a part in it as well". They have added Bakayoko, who is a very strong player. "We are expecting a hard game and we want to start the season with a win".

"We had a tough pre-season, between the six days until we start the league it is important to be focused on the next game".

Antonio Conte vented his growing frustration at referee Bobby Madley this afternoon after Chelsea's season got off to the worst possible start, losing the Community Shield on penalties to Arsenal.

The Gunners' equaliser came moments after Pedro was sent off for a tackle from behind on Mohamed Elneny and was no less than Arsenal deserved after Alexandre Lacazette hit the post in the first half.



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