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Arsene Wenger doesn't feel sorry for Chelsea's squad issues

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Alejandro Castrejon | Agosto 12, 2017, 02:38

The Premier League champions have signed four players this summer but have sold several squad players from last season's title win. "If the club decide to send on loan players for their development it's because these players are not ready to play for Chelsea". Two summers ago it was inconceivable that as defending champions, Chelsea would end the following season out of the European spots and in their lowest position for a generation.

"He's a good player, strong, good personality, technique", Conte said. His rumoured preference of a return to Atletico is complicated by their transfer embargo, which expires in January 2018. The most important thing, I repeat, is to put 120 per cent. I hope and I want to see the real Chelsea tomorrow because I think that now the season is starting and we must be ready. "This is the right way to try to be competitive and to fight for something important".

The Blues legend thinks Antonio Conte's side will just about beat Pep Guardiola's men to glory.

The Red Devils are currently preparing for their Premier League opener against West Ham United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

A Chelsea spokesperson then intervened, saying: "Nothing to report on that". The transfer window could yet yield some positive delights in a similar manner to last summer when David Luiz and Marcos Alonso were acquired late on and proved to be inspired additions to the squad.

Chelsea lost 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley, with Morata replacing Michy Batshuayi in the 74th minute and failing to make a significant impact before missing his spot kick in the shootout. This must be my focus during this period.

Asked if he was surprised that Conte was complaining about his squad size, Wenger said: "Maybe, yes he has the opposite problem [to Arsenal] but if you look at the number of players that are out on loan, they can call a few back".

EDEN HAZARD has the skills to become a regular on the Ballon d'Or shortlist for years to come, according to his former Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard.

"It's the price you have to pay for such a big transfer".

"I've understood those changes already and from now on, everything should be easier".

The Blues brilliantly won the trophy last season, but have had an underwhelming pre-season campaign, while Antonio Conte has missed out on some signings.

"But he needs time to understand, to adapt to our style of football, above all for a striker".