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A well deserved pass for Carabao Cup final earned by Arsenal tonight after beating a Chelsea, who gave the impression they never really believed in reaching it.

Gunners were far more motivated than the Blues and despite conceding the first goal to Antonio Conte‘s side after only 7’ – Eden Hazard scored it – they immediately reacted and equalised thanks to an unlucky deflection by Marcos Alonso first and then Antonio Rudiger in their own goal.

Chelsea were actually in the game until Willian got injured after 27′ and was forced to limp off the pitch with a suspected hamstring injury, being replaced by Ross Barkley, who made his official debut for the Blues, his first game since last May. However, he didn’t impress.

From that point onward Arsenal took the control of the game despite the Blues trying to take the lead again with a couple of chances threw by Hazard.

The second part saw Arsene Wenger side being dominant and finding a deserved goal with Granit Xhaka at 60′.

Chelsea weren’t able to react or create dangerous chance, they only tried with the strength born of desperation in the last minutes of the game.

Conte now has to deal with an injury emergency and a way to refresh confidence and physical form in his players before Newcastle clash in FA Cup next Sunday.

Arsenal will Manchester City, who beat Bristol City last night, in the competition final at Wembley in one month.

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Speaking after tonight’s game at Emirates StadiumArsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims half-time was crucial for his team in their effort to beat Chelsea and qualify to the Carabao Cup final which will be played next month at Wembley vs Manchester City.

I felt that in the first half there were tactical reasons for not expressing the quality of our game, we rectified that at half time.” Wenger said during his post game press conference. “In the second half we won the ball high up and controlled the game. It’s a great satisfying night for us. We managed to beat a strong team. In January we paid a heavy price for uncertainty in the dressing room – now we are back. We have shown we can beat big teams. That’s important for the second half of the season”.

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Ahead of tomorrow’s night game vs ChelseaArsenal‘s boss Arsene Wenger claims the match will be more spectacular and exciting than the one the two teams played one week ago at Stamford Bridge.

“We want to go to the final, the two teams know each other very well,” Wenger said. “The second leg will be more open. It should be much more spectacular than the first one.”

 

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Carlo Ancelotti will take the reins at Emirates when Arsene Wenger‘s reign at Arsenal comes to an end, according to exclusive reports in Goal.com.

It is understood the Frenchman is under pressure for his role at the club, especially following the recent disappointing results with Arsenal in the FA Cup and Premier League.

The Italian manager would reportedly be a perfect replacement for Wenger, whose reign in London began in 1996.

Ancelotti won an FA Cup, the Community Shield and the Premier League title in 2010 with Chelsea.

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Speaking after the Carabao Cup semifinal’s first leg at Stamford Bridge, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims his team deserve to draw vs Chelsea tonight.

It was a game that was physical and two teams that defended very well. It was the first leg of a tie but we had great solidarity. It was a deserved 0-0, we couldn’t take our chances. But we will try to do out job in the second leg. We have played so many games against Chelsea”, Wenger said.

The Gunners’ manager spoke also about VAR (“There were only two opportunities to intervene, the second one was strange with the game going on for so long. With it coming back after a corner, it’s strange for it going on after two minutes”.) and Wilshere‘s injury (“He has an ankle strain, first look is it is not too bad. But for Sunday it might be too short, it is a ligament. It’s a shame”).

Moreover, Arsene Wenger gave some updates on Arsenal’s strategies during January tranfer window: “I do not have to justify every decision, I have managed over 1000 games. I want him [Sanchez] to stay for longer. He is an important player for us.”, Wenger said, “He is completely focused to play football. He warmed up like that and he wants to play football. Coquelin goes to Valencia, he didn’t get enough games. I let him go. The best way to replace him is getting Ramsey and Ozil back. Then we’ll see. We have players injured”.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger complained about the referee’s decision on the 1-2 penalty for Chelsea the other night but Blues manager Antonio Conte reckons the Frenchman’s comments are not right.

“We got a farcical decision on the penalty,” Wenger said.

“We looked like we were mentally shot and could have lost the game – we had the resources to come back to 2-2. Maybe it was a fair result”.

This is what Conte about these Wenger’s comments in today’s press conference ahead of FA Cup game against Norwich:

“I don’t like to speak about other coaches, I think you have to have to respect them,” the Italian started.

“Maybe Wenger forgot we finished with 10 men in the FA Cup and Community Shield, maybe the referee decision was a little strange. We must accept the referee decisions. Wenger is an old coach, he’s got a lot of experience and he won a lot.

“If I want I can talk about referee decisions for one month. But I don’t want to do this because we should have respect for the referee’s decisions.”

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Arsene Wenger was fuming when asked whether the decision to award Chelsea a penalty in the second half was fair. “We got a farcical decision on the penalty – he said – We looked like we were mentally shot and could have lost the game – we had the resources to come back to 2-2. Maybe it was a fair result”.

“It was a great football game, we have shown great mental resources, I knew the last 20 minutes would be tough. A fantastic football game. The regret we have is we were first to score and after that we have a farcical decision”.

Hector Bellerin, who was accused to have brought down Chelsea star Eden Hazard in the box, scored a late equalizer for the Gunners to seal a final 2-2 score.

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ARSENAL – Cech, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin, Xhaka, Wilshere, Maitland-Niles, Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette

Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Walcott, Iwobi, Welbeck, Coquelin, Elneny

Manager: Arsene Wenger

CHELSEA – Courtois, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso, Fabregas, Hazard, Morata

Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Drinkwater, Pedro, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Kick Off: 7.45 pm GMT

Venue: Emirates Stadium, London, UK

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Tomorrow night Chelsea will face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and ahead of this key Premier League game, the Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger listed all his players who will not play or are likely to be ruled out of the game because of injury problems.

At the moment our injury list is quite long because we lost Kolašinac, we lost Koscielny and had already Monreal, Giroud, Ramsey and Ozil out,” – said Wenger – “The two who have a little chance are Ozil and Koscielny, but yesterday the medical department were pessimistic on Koscielny. Kolašinac is out for at least two weeks. Koscielny is 30% available, 70% not.”

 

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea puts pressure on Danny Welbeck of Arsenal during the The FA Community Shield final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 6, 2017 in London, England.

TEAM NEWS

Chelsea

Danny Drinkwater suffered a calf injury and won’t be back until mid-October, after international break

– Captain Gary Cahill is back after a 3-match-suspension

Eden Hazard can start his first game for Chelsea in this season

 

Arsenal 

Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are out for this game.

Theo Walcott is a doubt after limping off against Koln in Europa League on Thursday night

– Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette rested against the German side but will all return to the squad at Stamford Bridge.

Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are both doubts, as Arsene Wenger revealed.

 

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger; Zappacosta, Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Morata, Hazard.

Arsenal– Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Sanchez, Welbeck, Lacazette.

 

Kick Off – 1.30 pm BST

Venue – Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Referee – Michael Oliver

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