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Carabao Cup: Arsenal hold Chelsea in semi-final

11 January 2018

Arsenal put their disappointing Emirates FA Cup ouster to Nottingham Forest behind them as they battled Chelsea to a 0-0 draw in the first-leg semi-final of the Carabao Cup at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Clear chances were few and far between at both ends of the field in what was the second London derby between the two teams in the space of a week.

Arsenal haven't always enjoyed happy and harmonious visits to Stamford Bridge in recent times.

Hazard missed the Blues goalless draw with Norwich in the FA Cup on the weekend. Alvaro Morata will start, dropping Batshuayi to the bench.

Eden Hazard recovered from a calf complaint to start for Chelsea and the Belgium star played in Morata after two minutes, although the angle was against the striker - who endured a torrid outing when the sides met in the league last week - and he shot into the side netting.

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Moses' Super Eagles teammate Iwobi had an attempt from range in the 38th minute only to see his shot punched away by Thibaut Courtois.

Arsenal were forced into a change in the 57th minute as Wilshere, who was getting back in form after a long lay-off, went off with a knock and was replaced by Mohamed Elneny. Chelsea fans turned to gloat and taunt him after each of their goals as Arsenal fell to...

However, the Chile global failed to help the visitors produce a goal and the two sides will meet again in two weeks at the Emirates for the second leg.

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.

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Carabao Cup: Arsenal hold Chelsea in semi-final