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

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.

The 26-year-old was made Arsenal skipper for the game at Stamford Bridge with Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech missing out.

Charlie Nicholas is expecting to see Chelsea claim a 3-1 victory over Arsenal in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final tie at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Arsenal enters this game after crashing out of the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest over the weekend. Alvaro Morata will start, dropping Batshuayi to the bench.

Before those attempts, Wilshere injured his leg blocking a firmly struck cross from Moses and an impressive outing as Arsenal captain was curtailed when he limped off to make way for Mohamed Elneny before the hour.

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N'Golo Kante was the next to threaten with a wayward drive which flew over the crossbar before Arsenal registered their one and only shot on target of the first half as Alex Iwobi's strike from the edge of the box was parried away by Thibaut Courtois.

The best chance of the evening fell to former Gunners man Cesc Fabregas, who wasted a great header after being picked out in the box by Cesar Azpilicueta.

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.

Wenger was given marching orders for the successive three Arsenal matches and he was also fined £40,000 for verbally abusing referee Mike Dean in the referee's changing room and questioning the referee's integrity.

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