Arsenal hold Chelsea to goalless draw in Carabao Cup semifinals

Granit Xhaka Shkodran Mustafi and Ashley Barnes
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11 January, 2018

Konstantinos Mavropanos has been training with the Arsenal first-team ahead of his side's Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea, with Arsene Wenger wrestling with a full-blown injury crisis.

David Luiz is expected to be rested as he played for the full 90 minutes in FA Cup tie against Norwich at the weekend as he has just returned from injury.

Alexis Sanchez was left on the bench amid relentless speculation over his future, though, and Arsenal could have perhaps done with the Chilean on the field during a subdued start to the match.

Antonio Conte's side dominated possession for long periods at Stamford Bridge - where the Video Assistant Referee system (VAR) was in operation - but lacked the killer instinct required to take a step towards the final.

At the other end, Thibaut Courtois parried away an Alex Iwobi snapshot and Maitland-Niles, with roles suddenly reversed, went down under a challenge from Moses.

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Moses then went close for Chelsea with a low shot destined for the back of the net only to see effort deflected over by Shkodran Mustafi.

The best chance of a largely uneventful first half came right on the stroke of half time, though, as Fabregas latched on to Cesar Azpilicueta's trademark cross from deep only to plant his header straight at Ospina. Chelsea fans turned to gloat and taunt him after each of their goals as Arsenal fell to...

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.

Arsene Wenger has been banned for three matches and fined £40,000 for his comments in the referee's changing room following Arsenal's draw against West Bromwich Albion on New Year's Eve.


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