"People don't know Alexis well - this is a guy who is completely focused to play football".
Alex Iwobi was supposedly caught on video partying into the early hours of the morning the night before the FA Cup loss to Nottingham Forest, but was still selected to start the match, as well as starting last night's draw with Chelsea.
The Frenchman also expressed his delight with the team's spirit as they kept the Premier League champions out for the second time this season.
"I felt there was great togetherness".
Although Conte knows that these types of results can not be afforded too often in the tight 2017-18 race for silverware, but was pleased with his team's ability to setup opportunities from various positions on the pitch.
"When you play semi-finals it's very important to exploit every chance".
Conte had mostly fielded fringe players en route to the last four, but Eden Hazard, back from a calf injury, N'Golo Kante and Thibaut Courtois were called upon with a Wembley showdown against Manchester City or Bristol City in sight. We live with facts, not with psychological theories and the fact is when you turn out on the pitch you play football and you give 100 per cent. A pensar ya en el sábado!
Wenger rued his side's injury woes in midfield as Wilshere joined playmakers Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Mesut Ozil (knee) along with long-term absentee Santi Cazorla on the sidelines. "It is not just the strikers, who have to take chances".
Chelsea responded with their own chance two minutes later when Victor Moses cut inside before drilling a low strike towards the near post, which David Ospina needed no attempts to get hold of, with Cesc Fabregas lurking.
"We shot 20 times".
He was pictured at a party the night before the game, and the traveling Arsenal fans made up a cruel yet brilliant chant for him. Midway through the second half, Andreas Christiansen headed off target. The Europa League campaign is also expected to get tougher for Arsenal after the inclusion of the likes of Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in the competition.
However, he was forced off and replaced by Mohamed Elneny in the 57th minute of the game after twisting his ankle while attempting to block a pass from Chelsea's Danny Drinkwater.