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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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Tomorrow night Chelsea will face Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in the Carabao Cup semifinal’s second leg.

After the goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, Antonio Conte expects another difficult game for the Blues.

When you play against Arsenal for sure you must be prepared to suffer without the ball. They like to bring many players in the box and find combinations”. Conte said. “For this reason we must pay great attention. We have to be compact with the ball but at the same time dangerous when on the ball. Last season we saw two different games. The first one was a disaster, we lost 3-0. The second game at home we won 3-1. In this season the first game in the league ended 0-0 and 2-2 in the second game. We are showing to be at the same point, with the same value. Tomorrow there is not another game and we don’t have another possibility and we need to try to reach the final.”

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Second consecutive draw between Chelsea and Arsenal: after drawing their Premier League game at Emirates Stadium the two London teams ended with a goalless draw also the Carabao Cup semifinal’s first leg tonight  at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte‘s side tried to score at least one goal, but David Ospina made some great saves and referee Martin Atkinson didn’t concede a penalty for a foul on Cesc Fabregas after watching the action with the VAR.

The second leg will be played at Emirates Stadium on January 24th.

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It was a goalless first half between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semifinal.

The Blues had two big chances with Victor Moses and a Cesc Fabregas‘ header, but David Ospina made two great saves.

Chelsea will try to score in the second half and get an advantage ahead of the second leg which will be played in two weeks at Emirates Stadium.

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Yesterday evening at Emirates Stadium striker Alvaro Morata missed a lot of chances to score and he was one of the causes which costed Chelsea two points and the second place in the Premier League‘s table.

Today Morata himself expressed his will to react with a post on Twitter:  “When things don’t go as expected there’s only one way… Work hard!” – the former Real Madrid former player wrote.

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Danish defender Andreas Christensen commented on Chelsea‘s official website yesterday’s draw at Emirates Stadium vs Arsenal in the first Premier League game of 2018 for Antonio Conte‘s side.

From an outside perspective it was a crazy game, I think the players involved would have wanted it to be a bit more calm and at our own tempo but that’s how it was,” – Christensen said – “We were 1-0 down to begin with so to turn it around and go 2-1 up we were super happy about that, but in the end they got the goal. In the changing room we were happy with our performance, and the way we reacted, but we were a little bit disappointed that they got the goal.

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Despite all the rumours about his possible move to Real Madrid next season, Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is focused on Chelsea and tonight’s London derby vs Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

I think it’s important over the Christmas period, with a lot of games, that you pick up as many points as possible, especially now we are playing a big rival who are below us, because if we can win there it will be good for us and we will go up to second again,” – Courtois told the official Chelsea website. – “We want to try to close the gap to Man City as much as possible in case they drop points. We are in good form, we are defending well and not conceding goals so hopefully we can keep that run going, but the most important thing against Arsenal is to win.”

Chelsea’s good run has been determined so far also by impressive defensive performances and Courtois is aware of this aspect:  “It’s good to know that sometimes you need just one goal to win a game, so if you are capable of keeping clean sheets and defending well that’s good,’ – Courtois said – “At the beginning of the season we struggled to not concede, we gave away some silly goals at times but then we changed. Since then we’ve worked better defensively as a whole and if you can match that with scoring, that’s good. In the last 12 games we’ve had eight clean sheets and only conceded four goals, which is great. In a big game anything is possible, it might be 4-3 or whatever, but hopefully we can have a good game defensively, score and win”.

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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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Thibaut Courtois speaks ahead of the Fa Cup final vs Arsenal: Chelsea goalkeeper remembers the 3-0 loss at Emirates Stadium and recognises that, from that day, things have been very different at Stamford Bridge.

“Yes. We know that game against Arsenal in September was bad”. – Courtois explains – We lost 3-0 that day and we obviously don’t want to lose against them again now. It was a wake-up call for us back then that we couldn’t allow what happened the previous year to happen again. We know as a team that we are stronger than Arsenal and are confident, but we can’t underestimate them or think we will win it easily.”

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The Fa Cup final on Saturday at Wembley will give Chelsea the chance not only to complete the Double, but also to revenge their 3-0 loss at Emirates Stadium last September.

“We still think about it”, – Victor Moses said. – “We lost two games in a row then, against Liverpool and Arsenal. We felt very sad after that game. They beat us at the Emirates but we switched to 3-4-3, which is the manager’s favourite formation, and it’s worked for us this season. Teams are finding it very hard to break us down. We’ve got the league title and they’re going to want to win because they missed out on the top four. We’re going to try and stop them because we want the Double”.

 

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