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Thursday, 25 January 2018

UPDATE: Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea (agg 2-1) Gunners through to Carabao Cup final



      • FULL-TIME: Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea (agg 2-1)
      • Hazard strikes early (7)
      • Rudiger nets own goal (12)
      • Xhaka puts Arsenal ahead (60)
      • Ospina in for Cech for Arsenal
      • Pedro replaces Batshuay

        Arsenal are through to the Carabao Cup final
        Jack Wilshere celebrates during Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea
      90+1min: There are four added minutes at the Emirates Stadium. One too many in my book. Arsenal haven’t exactly been time wasting and we have had very little time wasted in substitution.
      88min: A free-kick 30 yards out offers Chelsea’s best hope of grabbing a crucial equaliser… but Alonso’seffort is way, way over the bar and pretty much sums up Chelsea’s second half. They have been woeful.
      Ross Barkley failed to make an impact after coming off the bench for his Chelsea debut
      87min: You’d imagine it would be all Chelsea pressure but they can barely string an attacking move together once they get inside Arsenal’s half. Barkley and Batshuayi have offered nothing since coming off the bench.
      Double Arsenal substitution
      84min: A double change on the way for Arsenal as Lacazette departs along with Iwobi as Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey come on to try and help see out the last six minutes.
      80min: This game set-up seems perfect now for Arsenal. As Chelsea try to take risks in attack they continue to go nowhere and all they are doing are opening up gaps at the back for Arsenal to counter attack. If there is a next goal I fancy it’s going to the Gunners.
      82min: Half-chance but nothing more for Chelsea as from a corner Antonio Rudiger’s looping header drops over the crossbar.
      77min: Instead it’s Caballero having to make the big save, blocking a central strike from Iwobi after a clever flick on by Ozil (who else?) following an incisive Arsenal counter attack.
      75min: Chelsea are going absolutely nowhere. Marcos Alonso lets fly from distance but that wasn’t going to worry David Ospina in a month of Sundays. In truth the Arsenal keeper hasn’t had much to do at all since Hazard’s opener.
      72min: On comes the wing-back as Victor Moses departs.
      70min: Chelsea of course must now score in the next 20 minutes to rescue this tie, but they still look no closer to troubling Arsenal as Davide Zappacosta prepares to come on.
      67min: Chelsea haven’t got going in this second half. Hazard is once again down on the turf but this time it’s because he is hauled down by Nacho Monreal, who is booked.
      Chelsea substitution
      65min: Desperate times call for desperate measures I guess. Antonio Conte sends on unwanted striker Michy Batshuayi as Pedro makes way.
      63min: Victor Moses is booked after a late challenge on Iwobi. VAR replays are consulted to see if the card should be red instead but no further action is taken.
      GOAL! ARSENAL 2-1 Chelsea (agg 2-1)
      60min: Now the dynamic of the game changes. It’s another fortunate deflection that benefits Arsenal after an Alexandre Lacazette cross is diverted towards Granit Xhaka who pokes home from close range.

      GOAL – Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

      KICK-OFF

      Half Time: ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA (AGG 1-1)
      As we enter the break, things have certainly settled down after the frantic start to the game. Much of that owes to Arsenal awaking from their early slumber, during which Eden hazard opened the scoring.
      The Gunners took just five minutes to draw level as Nacho Monreal’s header found the back of the net with the help of a double deflection off Marcos Alonso and Antonio Rudiger, but it was harsh on Chelsea who have been the better team.
      Regardless, it’s still all to play for with a place in the Carabao Cup final the prize. You get the sense we’re in for a treat in the second half. S
      Follow Match Updates Below
      45+3min: Close from Ozil! The midfielder collects the ball in a small pocket of space on the edge of the box before his clipped effort across goal takes a crucial deflection before bouncing narrowly wide.

      Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea

      There is a bit of spice bubbling away in the Carabao pot.
      Laurent Koscielny goes in hard on Eden Hazard, who leaps out of the way, but not without leaving some of his studs behind on the Frenchman’s thigh.
      Three to the break after an absorbing first half.
      Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea
      40; Andreas Christensen sticks a hefty shoulder in the back of Mesut Ozil to stop the Arsenal string-puller in his tracks.
      Christensen was just the man at the front of the Blues queue. There was a whole hosts of visitors keen to do the dirty on Ozil.
      Antonio Conte clearly does not want the German to have any time on the ball.
      ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA (AGG 1-1)
      39: Chelsea swarm around Ozil in midfield but they’re adjudged to have overstepped the mark as the German wins a free-kick. He floats a cross into the area but Monreal’s header is comfortably saved by Caballero.
      ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA (AGG 1-1)
      37: Hazard spins away from Koscielny with ease down the left flank before driving into the area where Mustafi turns his cross behind for a corner. Rudiger jumps to meet the delivery, but his looping header is gathered by Ospina.
      ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA (AGG 1-1)
      35: Arsenal look exposed as Hazard receives the ball in the final third, but Mustafi is quickly across to confront and dispossess the Belgian.
      ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA (AGG 1-1)
      33: Barkley flies into a challenge on Koscielny down the right flank, handing Arsenal a free-kick. Xhaka whips a shot towards goal but Caballero is on alert to tip it over for a corner.
       ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA (AGG 1-1)
      31: YELLOW! Wilshere just overruns the ball in midfield, lunges into a challenge on Barkley and picks up a booking.
      ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA (AGG 1-1)
      30: SUB! Willian’s race is run and his departure allows Ross Barkley to make his Chelsea debut, following his £15m move from Everton.
      ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA (AGG 1-1)
      27: Cause for concern on the Chelsea bench as Willian pulls up with an injury. Medical staff are on the field to see whether he can continue…
      ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA (AGG 1-1)
      25: Incredible scenes at the Emirates! Pedro keeps Azpilicueta’s deep cross in play right on the byline. Ospina races of his line to confront the Spaniard, but Hazard is unable to exploit the open goal as his Rabona cross is cleared.
      ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA (AGG 1-1)
      21: CHANCE! Lacazette is invited to chase a long ball into Chelsea territory, but having gathered the ball, Christensen dispossesses him and Caballero gathers.
       ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA (AGG 1-1)
      20: CHANCE! Hazard beautifully leaves Pedro’s pass to release Willian through on the Arsenal goal, but the Brazilian drags a left-footed shot wide.
      ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA (AGG 1-1)
      17: YELLOW! Arsenal clear the corner again and this time break through Ozil. His darting run into opposition territory is cut short by Hazard, who is booked for his troubles.
      ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA (AGG 1-1)
      16: Arsenal clear the initial corner but Chelsea remain on the front foot as Willian wins another corner off Elneny.
       ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA (AGG 1-1)
      15: Back come Chelsea as Moses leaves Maitland-Niles to dead on the right flank before his cross is turned behind for a corner by Elneny.
  • GOAL! ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA (Rudiger OG, 12)
    Chelsea’s lead lasts just five minutes as the Arsenal haul themselves level in fortuitous circumstances. Nacho Monreal rises high to power a header towards goal and a double deflection off Marcos Alonso and Antonio Rudiger sends the ball beyond Caballero. Game on!
     ARSENAL 0-1 CHELSEA (AGG 0-1)
    10: Caballero has picked up a knock in the process of thwarting Wilshere, but he’s able to continue after being seen to by medical staff.
    ALAN SMITH ON THE GANTRY
    “Once he’s laid in Eden Hazard there you just know the Belgian is going to score, and it was an assured finish. It’s been a brilliant start from Chelsea.”
    ARSENAL 0-1 CHELSEA (AGG 0-1)
    9: CLOSE! Arsenal look to wake from their slumber as Iwobi’s fired pass sets Wilshere free in the area. His first touch is ever so slightly too heavy, allowing Caballero to claw the ball away at the second time of asking.
    ALAN SMITH ON THE GANTRY
    “Once he’s laid in Eden Hazard there you just know the Belgian is going to score, and it was an assured finish. It’s been a brilliant start from Chelsea, but you have to say it’s a shocking one from the home team.”
     GOAL! ARSENAL 0-1 CHELSEA (Hazard, 7)
    Well you have to say that’s been coming. Chelsea have been razor sharp in the opening exchanges and Eden Hazard has been at the heart of it. Pedro slips the Belgian through the lethargic Arsenal backline and he coolly slots the champions into the lead.
     ALAN SMITH ON THE GANTRY
    “The linesman doesn’t need VAR there because he gets it spot on. But Arsenal haven’t started well, they’re playing into Chelsea’s hands at the moment.”
    ARSENAL 0-0 CHELSEA (AGG 0-0)
    5: DISALLOWED GOAL! Pedro powers a brilliant header into the back of the Arsenal net but it’s chalked off for offside – and it’s the correct decision, with VAR not called into action. An early warning for Arsenal.
    ARSENAL 0-0 CHELSEA (AGG 0-0)
    4: Chelsea take the corner short and find Moses in space on the edge of the area, but after digging the ball from under hi feet, he drags a poor effort wide.
     ARSENAL 0-0 CHELSEA (AGG 0-0)
    3: Chelsea start brightly with Hazard looking sharp in the final third. Arsenal give away possession deep inside their own half and Chelsea work it to Bakayoko, whose drive deflects behind for a corner.
    ARSENAL 0-0 CHELSEA (AGG 0-0)
    1: So for the fifth time this season and the third time this month Arsenal and Chelsea lock horns! There has been nothing to separate them so far this season but tonight there must be a winner.
    ARSENAL 0-0 CHELSEA (AGG 0-0)
    KICK-OFF! Referee Michael Oliver blows his whistle for the first time and Chelsea get the game underway!
    THE TEAMS EMERGE
    Laurent Koscielny and Cesar Azpilicueta lead Arsenal and Chelsea out of the tunnel and onto the pitch at the Emirates – kick-off in this Carabao Cup semi-final second leg is just moments away!
    CHARLIE’S PREDICTION
    The big question is whether Arsenal can defend. They’ve done it in the two meetings at Stamford Bridge this season, where they looked to suffocate Chelsea, but at the Emirates it was very different, when they conceded twice and Alvaro Morata should have had a hat full.
    I’m really looking forward to sitting back and watching this game, just like I was with Liverpool v Manchester City, and I think it will be an exciting encounter, but I fear Hazard will hand out the decisive punishment.
    CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-3, Hazard first goalscorer (85/1 with Sky Bet)
    FACTS AND FIGURES
    • This will be the fifth meeting in all competitions between the two sides this season – the third time they’ve met five times in a single campaign and first since 2003-04 (also 1946-47).
    • Indeed, the last time two top-flight clubs drew five games against each other in a single season was Arsenal versus Liverpool back in 1979-80. In fact, the only other occasion that this happened involved Chelsea (versus Burnley in 1955-56).
    • After failing to reach the final in five of their first six League Cup semi-finals in which they failed to win the first leg, the Gunners have progressed from two of the last three (2006-07 vs Spurs & 2010-11 vs Ipswich).
    • Chelsea have lost just once in their last eight away games versus Arsenal in all competitions (W3 D4 L1).
    • Arsenal and Chelsea have both made the League Cup final on seven previous occasions – only four teams have reached the final more times (Liverpool 12, Man Utd 9, Aston Villa 8, Spurs 8).
    • Arsene Wenger has reached the League Cup final twice as Arsenal manager (2007 and 2011), but it remains the only domestic trophy he’s not won with the Gunners.

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