Antonio Conte refused to blame the absence of John Terry on Chelsea’s defensive problems as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal.
Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil put the Gunners out of sight before half-time at the Emirates Stadium as the hosts condemned Chelsea to their second consecutive Premier League defeat.
Conte’s men were run ragged in the first 45 minutes and once again paid the penalty for a string of defensive errors.
Gary Cahill gifted possession to Sanchez for the first goal, Cesar Azpilicueta was caught out of position for Walcott’s second and then Cahill and David Luiz together failed to defend a two-on-two as Ozil added a third.
Chelsea’s defensive woes once again bring to the fore the absence of Terry, who was not declared fit enough to feature as he completes his recovery from an ankle ligament injury.
“John is recovering from a bad injury but I don’t like to talk about players that today didn’t play,” Conte said. “I don’t like this. I think this is a lack of respect for the players today who played bad or good.”
Even so, no team in the top half of the Premier League has conceded more than Chelsea’s nine goals so far and they have now let in nine in their last four in all competitions.
“I think I have to solve the situation,” Conte added. “The situation is every game we have conceded two goals at a minimum. For this reason, two back, three back or four back, I don’t care.
“It’s important to solve the situation. This is the most important thing. I must find the solution and I work a lot to find the right solution.”