But apart from that only one other Premiership side- Stoke City, lost to lower league opposition. In mitigation, the defender had been subjected to some abhorrent and inexcusable racist abuse from the Italian club's supporters in the 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge a fortnight earlier which might well explain his nervous display at the Stadio Olimpico. "[His form] is not necessarily linked with the length of your contract - [losing form] can happen even if you've got 10 years to go". The technology was consulted by referee Martin Atkinson twice in the first half and once in the second to examine a potential penalty collision between Cesc Fabregas and Danny Welbeck in the Arsenal box. Bringing in Sánchez would allow Pep Guardiola to rotate him and Sergio Agüero until Jesus comes back. One reform could be to automatically give home advantage to all teams from a lower division.
"There are two possible routes and we want to explore both of them with 100 percent commitment. They made that decision so we had to respect it", he said. But if prize money was hiked significantly, this could lead to a rethink. The official's initial decision not to award the spot-kick looked spot on after replays of the incident. His nous possibly more valued in a hostile environment than the physical talents offered by his teammate.
Asked if he was more optimistic that Ozil will agree a new deal than he was last summer, Wenger replied: "Yes".
"It is really important for spectators in the stadium to understand when it is being used and when not".
The 28-year-old looks set to leave the north London club in the near future.
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Touchline bans have always been awkward things, with something jarring about the spectacle of some probationary manager jammed up against a bank of jeering fans. "We are not on that case at the moment".
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"We are not so clinical despite creating chances. In this transfer market it's very difficult".
"There's a massive importance for these kinds of games, of course". I think in the last period we must be more clinical. He won the FA Cup in 2013 with un-fancied Wigan, and also reached the semi-finals in 2016 with Everton.
Chelsea were piecing together their most convincing spell of pressure, but they couldn't find the finishing touch as Morata's powerful effort was well saved by Ospina.