N’Golo Kante is confident that Chelsea will be able to claim victory when they host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues head into the game fresh from their 6-0 thrashing of Qarabag in their Champions League opener at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
The west London club have been able to find their form in recent weeks after having struggled in the early stages of the campaign with losses to Arsenal in the Community Shield and Burnley in their Premier League opener.
Antonio Conte’s men have responded by winning their next four games in all competitions to leave them in third place in the Premier League table heading into Sunday’s clash.
Arsenal have gotten the better of Chelsea in their last two meetings, with the Gunners triumphing in the FA Cup final and Community Shield at Wembley.
However, Chelsea midfielder Kante is confident that the Blues have what it takes to beat the north London side in front of their home fans this weekend.
Kante told the Daily Express: “Arsenal know how we play, but we know how they play. It’s going to be a good fight, and we need to be ready. We need to win.
“In the FA Cup final we were close to winning, but after the red card [for Victor Moses], it was more difficult for us.
“In both games we were good, we were close to winning. We know how they play, and we fight to win.”
Chelsea are looking to defend their Premier League title this season after they won the trophy in Conte’s first campaign in charge last term.
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Petr Cech insists Arsenal know they can beat Chelsea on Sunday and continue bouncing back from their “slap in the face” defeat at Liverpool.
The Gunners suffered a demoralising 4-0 hammering at Anfield before the international break but atoned last time out by beating Bournemouth 3-0 at the Emirates.
Arsenal look to continue their recovery against the Premier League champions on Nissan Super Sunday, but haven’t beaten their west London rivals at Stamford Bridge since October 2011.
However, following their recent FA Cup final and Community Shield victories over Chelsea, Cech is adamant there is nothing for the Gunners to fear.
“We have to draw a line under what happened and move forward,” he told Sky Sports.
“We played Chelsea in the Community Shield and in the FA Cup final last season, so we know we can beat them.
“They know they lost two games against us that they were not happy to lose, so this is something we have to use to our advantage.”
Defeats at Stoke and Liverpool have left Arsenal four points off the pace in the Premier League after their first four games.
After reflecting on those defeats, and praising the Gunners’ response against Bournemouth, Cech stressed the importance of claiming back-to-back wins to stay in contention at the top of the table.
“The games we played at Stoke and Liverpool didn’t go the way we wanted,” he added.
“The performance at Stoke was much better than the result, because we had enough chances and opportunities, but we couldn’t find the final pass or finish moves off.
“It was not the result we wanted or expected, and probably deserved.
“Liverpool was a big slap in the face, it wasn’t acceptable for a club the size of Arsenal and the team that we are.
“We had to really make sure we put things right against Bournemouth and the reaction from everyone was brilliant.
“The determination and intensity was there against Bournemouth, the way we played was more like it.
“Chelsea have the same objective as us, they want to challenge for the title so it’s a big game this weekend.
“If we want to be close to the top of the table after two defeats then we have to win the big games and this is the first opportunity for us to do so.”