Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Chelsea, Arsenal play out forgettable 0-0 draw in Carabao Cup semifinal

Chelsea, Arsenal play out forgettable 0-0 draw in Carabao Cup semifinal

Arsenal have the advantage as the north Londoners prevented Chelsea from taking a lead in the first leg of the Carabao semi-final tonight at Stamford Bridge. For example, Christensen had two fantastic opportunities to score.

While he remains an Arsenal player, Sanchez should be one of the first names on the team-sheet, especially when the likes of Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud are unavailable, but he did not enter the fray until the 66th minute.

When Maitland-Niles went down under pressure from Moses in the area, referee Martin Atkinson consulted the video assistant referee, but no penalty was given.

With the system still in the test phase all eyes were focussed on how it would work, with Wenger voicing concerns in the aftermath about the length of time it took to confirm the referee's decision not to award a penalty against Welbeck.

We did manage to work the ball to Azpilicueta at least once for a great cross, but unfortunately it was Fabregas on the end of it instead of Morata.

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Arsenal will play their semi-final second-leg with Chelsea at the Emirates on January 24, which will be their fifth meeting of the campaign. "I am pleased with the spirit and determination", Wenger said.

The 26-year-old Frenchman was also reported to have attracted interest from West Ham and Crystal Palace as Jack Wilshere's return to prominence with Arsenal blocked Coquelin's chances of a recall.

That proved to be the trend for the rest of the half as the sides went into the break goalless.

Chances were few and far between as the number of matches played recently took its toll, with both teams looking sluggish.

"Since the day David Dein walked away this football club has been sinking and I wonder how we're going to attract the best players or, when Arsene does leave, his replacement. It was a good draw and we have to finish the job".

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