Jose Mourinho on approach to Arsenal game, on omission of key players, and Hazard's penalty

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Jose Mourinho has addressed the media ahead of Chelsea's Premier League clash with Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said, at a press conference covered by the club's Twitter account, that he will approach the game against Arsenal looking to 'isolate' it in 'every context'.

His side have endured a disappointing start to the 2015/16 Premier League campaign, having lost three of their opening five games - leaving them with only four points at this stage of the season. 

The Chelsea boss seemed keen to forget about any notion of the title race, with the Blues 11 points off the pace, records or past meetings with Arsenal as he looks to chalk up only a second win of the Premier League season.

His side go into their latest fixture on the back of a comfortable win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in midweek, which saw a much-changed Chelsea side run out 4-0 victors, and Mourinho has said there have been some 'better faces' during training in the build up to this weekend. 

He told reporters: "It's just Chelsea-Arsenal and it's a match up we want to win.

"In this moment if we are looking at the table and know the distance we are to the top of the league; it doesn't help us."

Mourinho dismissed any notion of a rift between himself and captain John Terry after the Chelsea skipper was named on the bench for the Champions League fixture in midweek, and also dismissed reports suggesting that Branislav Ivanovic is somehow playing for his future after a pretty poor start to the campaign.

On Terry, Mourinho said: "He is a player of my total confidence, I trust him always and is one of my men. Because he is on the bench one game or I take him off at half time, nothing changes."

He has also backed Eden Hazard to find the kind of form that saw him crowned the PFA Player of the Year last season, as the Belgian has struggled to fire on all cylinders, and described him as one of the best penalty takers in the country.

Before saying he would keep the faith with his number one spot-kick specialist, he did have time to make a joke about the awful miss against Maccabi.

"Maybe it was an agreement with some sponsor to promote the Rugby World Cup."

Though mentioning no names, Mourinho suggested that some of the players from midweek could feature against Arsenal after saying he liked the dynamic of the side, but will definitely be without Willian after he limped off with a hamstring injury.

Oscar was substituted midway through the second half also, but the Chelsea manager seemed to suggest they will wait until the last possible moment before deciding whether they will include Pedro or Radamel Falcao in the matchday squad.

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