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Courtois believes Chelsea are facing Arsenal at the perfect time

Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Arsenal, Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed that his team is in confident mood ahead of the London derby.

Chelsea suffered a disappointing opening day defeat to Burnley but they have since bounced back in sensational fashion, winning four games in a row and the Blues now look to be in the best possible shape physically as well as psychologically to welcome their fierce rivals Arsenal to Stamford Bridge this weekend.

Many questions were understandably raised over the credentials of the defending champions after their disappointing opening day defeat as well as a less than perfect summer transfer window but the critics have been immediately shut down following Antonio Conte’s men’s fine form recently.

After defeating Tottenham Hotspur following the disaster against Burnley, Chelsea have gone from strength to strength as they beat Everton and Leicester City in the Premier League before thrashing Quarabag in the Champions League in midweek.

The mood in the Chelsea dressing room certainly seems to be a buoyant one at the moment and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has stated that his side could not be in better shape ahead of the clash against Arsenal.

The Belgian goalkeeper said, “It is good to face Arsenal now. Everybody is healthy and things are going well. We won at Leicester, won comfortably (on Tuesday night) and will go into the Arsenal game with a good feeling.

“We are doing well. After the bad first half against Burnley, I think all our performances have been good. We have shown good spirit, good football and good win most importantly of all. Do we feel like we are in a good place? Yes.

“Sometimes it is good to face a big team early. Last year it didn’t work out against Liverpool and Arsenal, but this season we have already won at Tottenham. Arsenal had a few bad matches, but won comfortably (against Bournemouth) last weekend.

‘For us and for them it’s a big game because we are third in the table. Obviously we want to close the gap (to Manchester United and Manchester City) and take points off Arsenal as well.”

Arsenal on the other hand, have not had the best start to the season, losing against Stoke at the Bet365 Stadium and then getting utterly humiliated by Liverpool at Anfield over the past few weeks.

The Gunners also have had to deal with a disappointing end to the transfer window, which saw them lose Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin while failing to land their top targets such as Thomas Lemar.

Consequently, the mood at the Emirates Stadium could not be gloomier and disgruntled Arsenal fans already seem to have picked up the “Wenger Out” banner.

Although, the Bournemouth victory provided manager Arsene Wenger some respite, he will still need to guide his side to a victory against Chelsea to confirm Arsenal’s credentials for the season.

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