Arsenal hold Chelsea to stalemate in EFL Cup semi-final

by Leon Thompson January 11, 2018, 0:23
Arsenal hold Chelsea to stalemate in EFL Cup semi-final

This means it is all to play for at the Emirates, when both sides face each other again in two weeks.

And despite the changes, Arsenal had the better of the opening 20 minutes with Jack Wilshere looking particularly lively in midfield.

Conte has opted for a strong side that includes Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard in attack, while Danny Drinkwater comes into the midfield in place of Tiemoue Bakayoko, who was ineffective against the Gunners last week.

Arsenal enters this game after crashing out of the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest over the weekend.

The Chile worldwide, who started last Saturday's 2-2 Premier League draw with Antonio Conte's side, will start among the substitutes at Stamford Bridge.

In the 28th minute, Maitland-Niles lost his footing and Moses fired against the base of the near post.

Sanchez on his way out
Sanchez on his way out

N'Golo Kante was the next to threaten with a wayward drive which flew over the crossbar before Arsenal registered their one and only shot on target of the first half as Alex Iwobi's strike from the edge of the box was parried away by Thibaut Courtois.

Martin Atikinson consulted VAR as Arsenal supporters chanted the name of the trialled technology but the referee stuck with his initial decision of no penalty.

Morata was unable to adjust his feet and convert when Marcos Alonso flicked Fabregas' 54th-minute corner in his direction and the forward then tested Ospina from range.

Chelsea responded with their own chance two minutes later when Victor Moses cut inside before drilling a low strike towards the near post which David Ospina needed two attempts to collect with Cesc Fabregas lurking.

A clever turn away from Shkodran Mustafi allowed Morata to test the side-netting from an acute angle once more.

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