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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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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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After the 2-2 in Premier League ten days ago, Arsenal and Chelsea got another draw tonight, but this time without goals.

After the game Antonio Conte was asked if the teams, who will meet again in two weeks, are too familiar:

“To play three times in three weeks is very strange,” the Italian manager claimed.

“It is more simple to prepare the game because you know the team and the way they are playing. When you reach the QF or SF of this trophy in England you must be prepared to face big teams.”

Asked if Arsenal, who will play the second leg at home, are favourites, the Blues boss replied:

“I don’t think so. We have the same possibilities to go through to the final. Not to concede could be very important for the second leg. To play at the Emirates is not easy or simple. We deserved to be in the semi-final and be very happy to do this.”

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Speaking at his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Carabao Cup semifinal first leg vs ArsenalChelsea manager Antonio Conte said he expects the game to be very open and exciting as the Premier League match last week.

The last one was an exciting game, for those watching”, Conte said, “Tomorrow the game will be very open, both teams wants to try to win and attack and when you have two teams wanting the same things you can have an exciting game. I hope to have a good result. This is the first game, at home, then there is the one away. We want to reach the final, as do Arsenal”.

And, as Chelsea want to reach the final, Conte will choose the best possible Starting XI:  “I think in every game we have to try to make a strong team and if you play in the league, the FA Cup or Carabao Cup, when you play every three days it is important to make the rotation”, Conte went on, “and at the same time your team must be very strong, otherwise you risk to drop this trophy. It is a very important game, this trophy, we deserve to be here”.

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Three Chelsea game will be broadcasted live in February and so the Premier League have announced today new dates and times for these Blues clash.

Antonio Conte‘s side will now play away Watford on Monday 5 February with an 8pm kick-off; they will host West Bromwich at Stamford Bridge on Monday 12 February at 8pm and finally they will play at Old Trafford on Sunday 25, even if this game can be rescheduled again if Chelsea will qualify to Carabao Cup final which will be played that day at Wembley.

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Chelsea wonderkid Dominic Solanke will soon join Liverpool but meanwhile he’s the hero of the U20 World Cup semifinal game against Italy that England won 3-1 thanks to a brace of his and a goal of Ademola Lookman, who completed the come-back after the opener of Riccardo Orsolini after just 3 minutes.

Now the English youngster will face Venezuela, who beat Uruguay in the other semifinal at penalty shoot-outs, in next Sunday final.

Other two Chelsea players were protagonist in this important game for England U20: Fikayo Tomori and Jake Clarke-Salter, who both started and played 90 minutes in this clash and are set to play in the final as well.

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ARSENAL –  Ospina, Holding, Mertesacker (c), Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck.

Subs: Cech, Elneny, Coquelin, Iwobi, Lucas, Walcott, Giroud.

Manager: Arsene Wenger

CHELSEA – Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.

Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Ake, Terry, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi.

Manager: Antonio Conte



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Nemanja Matic wants to add another trophy to his collection tomorrow when Chelsea will face Arsenal in the Fa Cup final at Wembley.

“It’s true, The FA Cup is a very important competition,” – Matic told the Fa official website – “I found that out quickly when I came here the first time and recognised it is something special for the fans and the club. It has similar importance to the league for the supporters of every club, and now we’re here in the Final, there’s a chance and we have to take it. But we’ll be respectful of Arsenal, we know this will be their last chance to win something this season so they will be ready for us and will have been focused on this game since the semi-final, because they know The FA Cup is very important.”


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