Chelsea and Arsenal tied at nil-all in Carabao Cup semi-final

Eden Hazard Chelsea Arsenal Carabao Cup

The video assistant referee (VAR) was the main talking point following a dour 0-0 between Chelsea and Arsenal in the semi-final first-leg of the Carabao Cup at Stamford Bridge.

"Arsenal are strong at home, they have a lot of possession and play with the ball but I think if we play well over the two legs and do a good job we can reach the final". "We have played Chelsea so many times that the two teams know each other very well and that's why when the two teams decide to block the game, they can do it".

Following a draw for Antonio Conte's men, a number of players made impacts in the game, but it's time to ask you who your man of the match was in the duel below!

"We must be more clinical", said Conte, whose side also drew 0-0 at second-tier Norwich in the FA Cup on Saturday.

With the Gunners pushing for an opening goal, Arsene Wenger introduced Alexis Sanchez for Lacazette. "I let him go".

It was a decision, Wenger insisted, that had nothing to do with Sanchez being targeted by Manchester City in the January transfer window.


'To play Arsenal three times in only three weeks is very unusual.

"You want first to be solid, but ideally you want to score as well".

"It's a shame to lose him when he's in such good form", Wenger said.

Fabregas should have given Chelsea the lead just before half-time, but the former Arsenal midfielder wastefully headed straight at Ospina from close range. "We have to improve with all the players, not only the strikers".

Jack Wilshere was probably Arsenal's best performer but, worryingly, had to be subbed off early in the second half with an ankle injury. It also offers his only prospect of domestic silverware this season, since Arsenal's FA Cup defense ended at the first hurdle at Nottingham Forest on Sunday and the team is sixth in the Premier League.

Chances were few and far between as the number of matches played recently took its toll, with both teams looking sluggish. You know why, because it doesn't matter how long on my contract I have to go if I play the next game for Arsenal.

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