Carabao Cup Semi-Final, Chelsea vs Arsenal

Jan 11, 2018, 00:26
Carabao Cup Semi-Final, Chelsea vs Arsenal

The 26-year-old was handed the captain's armband for the tie at Stamford Bridge - which ended in a goalless stalemate - but after he went to ground holding his right ankle, the England global grimaced at the thought of another injury lay-off.

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.

The tournament is better known to football fans as the League Cup.

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Fabregas should have given Chelsea the lead just before half-time, but the former Arsenal midfielder wastefully headed straight at Ospina from close-range.

Eden Hazard, meanwhile, seems to have recovered from his calf problem and looks set to appear in the match.

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.

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Chelsea have now drawn three games in row for the first time since January 2013 and have failed to win their opening three games of a calendar year for the first time in 25 years, while it is only the second time in Arsene Wenger's tenure that Arsenal have also been left winless three games into a new year.

The charge was admitted by Wenger later.

The Chile global, who started last Saturday's 2-2 Premier League draw with Antonio Conte's side, will start among the substitutes at Stamford Bridge. "Our run in this competition hasn't been easy".

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Eden Hazard (Chelsea): Started the game quite sharply and was Chelsea's most creative player for the majority of the match, though the Belgian exhausted in the closing stages. "I'm very happy to have Ross with us for the rest of the season".