FULL TIME: Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal @ Stamford Bridge

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CHELSEA 0-0 ARSENAL

Half-Time: That’s the half! Relatively even at the Bridge, as it was at the Emirates last Wednesday at the break. Not too many chances, but very competitive.

Arsenal certainly standing their corner, and will be the happier of the two.

CHELSEA 0-0 ARSENAL

Half-Time: That’s the half! Relatively even at the Bridge, as it was at the Emirates last Wednesday at the break. Not too many chances, but very competitive.

Arsenal certainly standing their corner, and will be the happier of the two.

CHELSEA 0-0 ARSENAL

45: Free-kick to Chelsea on the right as Morata is fouled by Mustafi. Fabregas delivers, Welbeck glances clear for a corner.

CHANCE! Chelsea go short again, Azpilicueta plays a deep ball into Fabregas, and he heads straight at Ospina from eight yards unmarked! Big chance for the former Arsenal man!

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44: One step forward, one step back for Mailand-Niles. He receives it from Wilshere’s lovely ball on the left, easily gets past Moses with a stepover, but then runs the ball out of play.

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42: On reflection, and looking at the replays, I think that’s the right decision. Moses only brushes Maitland-Niles’ left boot, and the Arsenal man took another step on his left foot before going down.

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40: CONTROVERSY! VAR IN USE AGAIN! Well, well, well. Iwobi has a go inside the box, and Courtois beats it away well.

Then, Maitland-Niles beats Moses to the ball, Moses touches the bottom of Maitland-Niles boot as he dives in, but the Arsenal man goes down very late inside the box.

Atkinson signals for a goal kick, then goes to VAR to check the incident. After 30 seconds or so of looking at the incident, signals for a goal kick again.

So far Arsenal look good on the ball but they haven’t looked dangerous. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is clearly a very talented player and you would like to see him on the ball more.

Chelsea need more players in the box

Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live

If there has been one weakness for Chelsea, that is when they have got to the byeline and they generally only have one man in the box – and that is Alvaro Morata.

Follow Match Commentary Below

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38: … Fabregas rolls it square to Kante, who is left alone as an unlikely candidate to slam into the top corner of the goal, and rightly so. High, wide, handsome.

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37: Mustafi is holding Morata, and Chelsea win a free-kick in a good position around 30 yards from goal on the left. Fabregas over it to cross…

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35: Chelsea corner, again taken short, and it comes to Drinkwater to slam goalwards on the edge of the box. It bobbles before him, however, and he blazes it miles over the crossbar.

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33: Hard to say who has had the better of play so far. Arsenal have had slightly more possession (55 per cent), but chances have been at a minimum for both sides.

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31: Xhaka takes the corner, but again it’s low and weak. Chelsea easily clear.

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30: VAR IN USE! Arsenal have a corner, and the referee receives a word in his ear from the VAR regarding a shove in the box.

Replays show Chambers shoves Azpilicueta to the ground, and Martin Atkinson has a word with them both. No cards, but an historic moment nonetheless!

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28: POST! Maitland-Niles again lets Moses past him without any resistance, slipping at the vital moment. Moses turns inside, shoots left-footed, and it hits the foot of the near post!

The young Gunner needs to get his act together.

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26: Alonso receives the ball on the left from Kante, sticks in a cross-shot across the face of goal, and it’s deflected out for a corner.

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24: SHOT! Maitland-Niles, that’s so, so poor. He allows Moses straight through him on the right, like the parting of the Red Sea (LOL), and the Chelsea man’s effort is straight at Ospina.

He fumbles it, but gathers at the second attempt as Morata closed in.

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22: CHANCE! This is what Jack Wilshere is all about. Lacazette makes a great run and latches onto the midfielder’s superb lofted ball… he takes it very early, however, and lashes it over! He had a fair bit of time to move towards goal.

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20: Xhaka steps up, drags his shot against the wall, but luckily wins a corner. The corner is poor, and Hazard is up-ended by Xhaka after nutmegging him. He really is up for this, the Belgian…

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18: Iwobi makes a lung-busting run at the Chelsea midfield and defence, gets his body across Kante, and is upended by the midfielder. Free-kick in a decent position…

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16: Arsenal playing about with it at the back. I wouldn’t say it’s crisp, assured passing, but it’s something…

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14: Bellerin with a good, low cross into a dangerous position looking for Welbeck, but Azpilicueta comes across to clear well. Even start to this game.

WENGER WATCHES ON

Arsene Wenger is in the press box at Stamford Bridge this evening, serving the second game of his touchline ban…

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12: Not a lot of pressure on the ball as Drinkwater drills one to the far post for Alonso, but Mustafi makes a vital headed clearance!

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10: Corner to Arsenal. Xhaka takes, low and weak, but Alonso makes a bit of a hash of his clearance. After some pinball, Chelsea push out and clear.

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8: You get the feeling Hazard is really up for this tonight. He receives the ball centrally and flicks it between his legs for Fabregas, but the move breaks down eventually.

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6: Chelsea pressing well, and win the ball back on halfway from Ospina’s rushed clearance. The Blues looking to take control early on.

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4: Morata returns the favour, finding Hazard at the last line of defence, but Mustafi steps in well. Arsenal will have to be careful they don’t play too high up the pitch here. Hazard has started sharply.

WENGER IN THE PRESS BOX

Our man at the Bridge Nick Wright is not far from Wenger, who is sat in the press box for this evening’s game as he serves number two of his three-match touchline ban.

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CONTE, WENGER PRE-MATCH 

Here’s what managers Conte and Wenger told Sky Sports before kick-off…

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2: Hazard threads the ball through to Morata at an angle on the left of the box, as Arsenal play a relatively high line. He gets to the byline, and tries to poke it into the near post, but it hits the side-netting.

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1: And they’re off!

The first leg of the Carabao League Cup semi-final between bitter London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal will go live 9;pm Nigeria Time.

And if this match is as half as good as last week’s Premier League encounter at the Emirates, we’re due a cracker.

Arsenal have a poor record at Stamford Bridge. Since winning 5-3 in October 2011, they’ve lost five and drawn one of their last six games on the Fulham Broadway, a run which takes in a 6-0 shellacking in March 2014.

With Eden Hazard fully recovered from a calf injury, Chelsea will be favourites to take a lead to north London for the second leg in a fortnight’s time. Especially as Arsenal are reeling from FA Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest, while their star man Alexis Sanchez may have his head elsewhere thanks to some serious interest from Manchester City.

Then again, the last three meetings between these sides have ended all square. And in the one before that, Arsenal did a comprehensive number on Chelsea in the FA Cup final. The bookies don’t expect the Gunners to win here tonight, but then they didn’t expect that one either.

So good luck guessing what’ll happen this fine evening. Drama, intrigue, twists and turns are never very far away when these old foes square up. Throw in some potential VAR shenanigans, and we could be in for quite the ride. It’s a huge London derby! It’s the League Cup semi-final! It’s on!

Kick off: 8pm GMT.

How the other semi-final went

Man City 2-1 Bristol City (Tue)

Bristol City

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The winners of the Chelsea-Arsenal tie will play in the final against either Manchester City or Bristol City, who played their first leg last night.

Man City won 2-1 with Sergio Aguero scoring a last-minute winner.

Championship side Bristol City were excellent, especially in the first half, and led from Bobby Reid’s penalty, awarded after John Stones chopped down the Robins player.

But Kevin de Bruyne equalised for the unbeaten Premier League leaders after a one-two with Raheem Sterling – and Aguero headed home Bernardo Silva’s cross.

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18: Iwobi makes a lung-busting run at the Chelsea midfield and defence, gets his body across Kante, and is upended by the midfielder. Free-kick in a decent position…

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16: Arsenal playing about with it at the back. I wouldn’t say it’s crisp, assured passing, but it’s something…

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14: Bellerin with a good, low cross into a dangerous position looking for Welbeck, but Azpilicueta comes across to clear well. Even start to this game.

WENGER WATCHES ON

Arsene Wenger is in the press box at Stamford Bridge this evening, serving the second game of his touchline ban…

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12: Not a lot of pressure on the ball as Drinkwater drills one to the far post for Alonso, but Mustafi makes a vital headed clearance!

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10: Corner to Arsenal. Xhaka takes, low and weak, but Alonso makes a bit of a hash of his clearance. After some pinball, Chelsea push out and clear.

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8: You get the feeling Hazard is really up for this tonight. He receives the ball centrally and flicks it between his legs for Fabregas, but the move breaks down eventually.

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6: Chelsea pressing well, and win the ball back on halfway from Ospina’s rushed clearance. The Blues looking to take control early on.

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4: Morata returns the favour, finding Hazard at the last line of defence, but Mustafi steps in well. Arsenal will have to be careful they don’t play too high up the pitch here. Hazard has started sharply.

WENGER IN THE PRESS BOX

Our man at the Bridge Nick Wright is not far from Wenger, who is sat in the press box for this evening’s game as he serves number two of his three-match touchline ban.

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CONTE, WENGER PRE-MATCH 

Here’s what managers Conte and Wenger told Sky Sports before kick-off…

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2: Hazard threads the ball through to Morata at an angle on the left of the box, as Arsenal play a relatively high line. He gets to the byline, and tries to poke it into the near post, but it hits the side-netting.

CHELSEA 0-0 ARSENAL

1: And they’re off!

The first leg of the Carabao League Cup semi-final between bitter London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal will go live 9;pm Nigeria Time.

And if this match is as half as good as last week’s Premier League encounter at the Emirates, we’re due a cracker.

Arsenal have a poor record at Stamford Bridge. Since winning 5-3 in October 2011, they’ve lost five and drawn one of their last six games on the Fulham Broadway, a run which takes in a 6-0 shellacking in March 2014.

With Eden Hazard fully recovered from a calf injury, Chelsea will be favourites to take a lead to north London for the second leg in a fortnight’s time. Especially as Arsenal are reeling from FA Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest, while their star man Alexis Sanchez may have his head elsewhere thanks to some serious interest from Manchester City.

Then again, the last three meetings between these sides have ended all square. And in the one before that, Arsenal did a comprehensive number on Chelsea in the FA Cup final. The bookies don’t expect the Gunners to win here tonight, but then they didn’t expect that one either.

So good luck guessing what’ll happen this fine evening. Drama, intrigue, twists and turns are never very far away when these old foes square up. Throw in some potential VAR shenanigans, and we could be in for quite the ride. It’s a huge London derby! It’s the League Cup semi-final! It’s on!

Kick off: 8pm GMT.

How the other semi-final went

Man City 2-1 Bristol City (Tue)

Bristol City

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The winners of the Chelsea-Arsenal tie will play in the final against either Manchester City or Bristol City, who played their first leg last night.

Man City won 2-1 with Sergio Aguero scoring a last-minute winner.

Championship side Bristol City were excellent, especially in the first half, and led from Bobby Reid’s penalty, awarded after John Stones chopped down the Robins player.

But Kevin de Bruyne equalised for the unbeaten Premier League leaders after a one-two with Raheem Sterling – and Aguero headed home Bernardo Silva’s cross.

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