Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says he expects Arsenal to rival his side for the Premier League title and feels they have improved from last season.
The two teams will meet at Wembley on Sunday for the Community Shield, in what will be a repeat of the FA Cup final, which Arsenal won 2-1.
Speaking ahead of the game, Conte says Arsenal are now a better team, following the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, and with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez still at the club.
“Arsenal are a potential rival this season. I consider Arsenal as one of the six teams that are ready to fight for the title,” he said via Standard Sport.
“Arsenal have a really good squad. They have the same potential as last season when they were prepared [had a squad big enough] to play in the League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.
“They haven’t lost players and they have bought Lazazette. They have improved because they have kept the same squad as last season.
“They have players like Ozil and Sanchez, a lot of good players and for sure they’re a good team.”
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Arsenal will certainly be out to improve on last season’s fifth-placed finish and the summer signings have been a big boost.
The Gunners are also continuing to be linked with Thomas Lemar and, for now at least, Sanchez remains at the club with Wenger adamant he will not be sold.