Carabao Cup Recap: Chelsea, Arsenal settle for scoreless draw in 1st leg

Carabao Cup Recap: Chelsea, Arsenal settle for scoreless draw in 1st leg

Carabao Cup Recap: Chelsea, Arsenal settle for scoreless draw in 1st leg

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.

Wilshere, who was originally reduced to only Europa League appearances after returning to action this season, had managed to force his way breaking into Arsene Wenger's Premier League side in October and has featured in Arsenal's last seven league outings.

It was in effect on Monday for the first time in an English club match, when Brighton beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup third round, but it wasn't actually called on then or in the other League Cup semi-final clash between Manchester City and Bristol City on Tuesday.

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Antonio Conte picked a strong XI for the rematch of last Wednesday's 2-2 Premier League draw at the Emirates, while Arsene Wenger rotated his team slightly more, leaving Alexis Sanchez on the bench while Mesut Ozil was ruled out due to a fitness concern.

They had 21 shots to just eight from Arsenal, yet the tie remains on a knife-edge heading into the second leg at the Emirates Stadium on January 24.

Chelsea are now in third place in the Premier League table as they look to try and get closer to leaders Manchester City.

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Wenger was watching from the press box as he serves his touchline ban and the Gunners boss was shifting anxiously in his seat early on when Hazard's pass gave Alvaro Morata an opportunity that he drove into the side-netting.

After an even opening stage, Arsenal had a decent chance in the 22nd minute through Alexandre Lacazette off a brilliant pass from Jack Wilshere but the French striker hit his effort over the bar.

Wilshere went down after blocking a cross from Victor Moses and tried to shake the injury off in the next couple of minutes.

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Alex Iwobi was selected despite Wenger saying he could be fined for reportedly partying until the early hours of Saturday morning and the Arsenal winger nearly repaid his manager's faith with a drive that Courtois pushed away.

Arsenal felt they should have had a penalty when Ainsley Maitland-Niles was brought down in the box in the 40th minute, but Martin Atkinson waved play on after consulting the newly-introduced VAR system for assistance. The former Everton attacking midfielder is still recovering from him hamstring injury.

When Christensen headed wide of an open goal after Ospina misjudged a corner, Conte must have feared it wouldn't be Chelsea's night.

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