Chelsea FC's run of red cards leaves coach Antonio Conte bemused

"It was excessive force, yes". David Luiz was sent off with five minutes to go after a reckless challenge on Sead Kolasinac but the Gunners simply did not have enough time to make the man-advantage count. The Frenchman was pleased with his side's battling qualities and he explained that; "It was about mentality and a response from our last away game".

"We were focused and determined. With a bit more freedom we would have won the game". "But, for sure, we have to wait for the referee's decision to know how many games he will be suspended for".

The flow of red cards represents a contrast with the discipline that was a key part of Conte's title-winning side past year following a chaotic 2015-16 campaign, when Jose Mourinho was sacked amid rumours of a rebellion against him by several top players.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says Pedro came off at half-time against Arsenal due to an ankle injury, but hopes the issue will not prove serious.

The chances dried up after the break prompting Arsenal to introduce Alexis Sanchez after he was left on the bench while Chelsea threw on Eden Hazard for Willian.


Cesc Fabregas found Pedro with a looping cross as the Spaniard found himself one-on-one with Cech but he could not convert.

Around the half hour mark, Danny Welbeck was found with a cross from the right but he header was just wide while Aaron Ramsey hit the post with a scuffed shot after dribbling past three players in the box.

A disappointing Chelsea display ended on a sour note when Luiz followed through recklessly on Kolasinac and referee Michael Oliver reached for his red card. "I was a player and it can happen, this type of period and you are not so lucky to receive these red cards".

"We have great respect for officials, but it is unusual to finish a third game in a row against Arsenal with 10 men".


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