Carabao cup update: advantage to Arsenal with draw at Stamford Bridge


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London sides Arsenal &  Chelsea played out a goalless draw in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.

Conte started with Morata and Hazard in attack but Chelsea could not break down Arsenal’s defence with Calum Chambers and Rob Holding solid on the night for Arsenal.

Wenger on his part dropped Alexis Sanchez to the bench whilst Messut Ozil missed out of the fixture entirely and it was Lacazette Iwobi and Welbeck that started in attack for Arsenal.

 

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system  took centre stage during a relatively uneventful affair at Stamford Bridge.

Martin Atkinson  the referee used the technology twice to assess two penalty shouts in either half, neither of which were given.

Atkinson wanted clarification on his decision not to award a penalty for a Victor Moses challenge on Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the 39th minute, which proved correct.

There was some more use of the VAR late on as Danny Welbeck appeared to trip Fabregas in the box, but once again referee Atkinson’s initial decision was justified by the video replays.

 

Chelsea had the better of the chances on the night, but could not break through Arsenal.

Arsenal have the advantage of playing the second leg at home at the Emirates stadium.

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Chelsea have now failed to score in just three home games in all competitions under Antonio Conte – all of them have been this season and two have been against Arsenal.

 

Arsenal are only the second team ever to keep two clean sheets away at Chelsea in the same season, after Manchester United in 1998-99.

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