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Di Matteo: Arsenal jeers will not bother Chelsea's Terry

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is confident that John Terry will not be worried by the likely negative reception he will receive from Arsenal supporters.

The Blues skipper received a four-match ban and £220,000 fine from the Football Association yesterday after being found guilty of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand but is eligible to play tomorrow as he ponders an appeal.

It is certain that the Gunners fans will be out to put Terry off his game with boos and jeers set to be directed his way but Di Matteo knows he will rise above it and produce his best for the league leaders.

"He's an experienced player, playing many games before, difficult games under difficult circumstances and environments," the Italian told reporters ahead of tomorrow's meeting between the London rivals at the Emirates Stadium.

"So if selected I don't think there will be a problem.

"The spirit in the camp is good, we are in good shape, and good form. We are confident so we don't really care too much the way the outside world, the external environment sees us, we have to focus on our strength, that's the way we operate.

"It's a big game every time Arsenal and Chelsea play each other. These are two teams in good form. I think it's going to be an exciting game, I'm looking forward to it."

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