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CARLING CUP 1ST LEG SEMI FINAL: CHELSEA 0-0 ARSENAL

Chelsea and Arsenal played out a draw for the fourth time in as many meetings this season as the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final finished goalless at Stamford Bridge.

The London teams reconvened seven days on from a scintillating 2-2 Premier League draw at Emirates Stadium but this encounter failed to hit those heights, instead repeating the scoreline from a September stalemate on this ground.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who watched the match from the stands as he continued to serve a touchline ban, as reported Manchester City target Alexis Sanchez as a second-half substitute and is likely to be the happier of the two managers.
Prior to those endeavors, Wilshere injured his leg obstructing a solidly struck cross from Moses and an amazing trip as Arsenal captain was abridged when he limped off to clear a path for Mohamed Elneny before the hour.

A cunning get some distance from Shkodran Mustafi enabled Morata to test the side-netting from an intense point yet again.

Without Wilshere, Arsenal looked even less inclined to recover their before control and Mustafi obstructed from Moses before Christensen again showed himself to be no place close as proficient in the resistance confine as his own particular with another limp header.

MATCH FACTS AND STATS

Chelsea starting XI: Courtois 6; Azpilicueta 6, Christensen 6, Rudiger 6.5; Moses 6.5, Kante 7, Fabregas 7, Drinkwater 6 (Willian 68, 6), Alonso 6.5; Hazard 7.5 (Bakayoko 84), Morata 6.5 (Batshuayi 87)

Subs not used: Eduardo, Luiz, Zappacosta, Pedro

Booked: Kante

Goals: n/a

Manager: Conte 6.5

Arsenal starting XI: Ospina 6; Chambers 6, Mustafi 6.5, Holding 6; Wilshere 7 (Elneny 57, 6), Xhaka 5.5; Bellerin 6, Maitland-Niles 5.5; Iwobi 5.5, Welbeck 7; Lacazette 5.5 (Sanchez 66, 6)

Subs not used: Macey, Mavropanos, Mertesacker, Nelson, Walcott

Booked: Xhaka, Elneny

Goals: n/a

Manager: Wenger 7

Ref: Martin Atkinson

Attendance: 40,097.

Fabregas’ 88th-minute cross struck the outside of the post before Danny Welbeck effectively survived trial by VAR inside his own particular territory for a test on the Spain playmaker, which means Arsenal developed unscathed.

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