Another draw between Chelsea and Arsenal

Rachel Hardy
January 11, 2018

"To play three times in three weeks (against Arsenal) is very unusual", Conte said.

Conte anticipates Arsenal will field their best available team for tonight's game, and although this is the second of three meetings this month with the Gunners, it is the schedule rather than familiarity that is setting the challenge. I want to win the game and I commit like I stay forever. In the fourth round we played Everton, the fifth round was against Bournemouth and now in the semi-final we play Arsenal.

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 Frenchman also expressed his delight with the team's spirit as they kept the Premier League champions out for the second time this season.

Perhaps having Alexis Sanchez on the pitch might have made the difference for Arsenal, but Arsene Wenger only deployed his star forward in the second half at Stamford Bridge.

"I felt there was great togetherness, we didn't give many chances away", he told Sky Sports".

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"You want first to be solid, ideally you want to score as well".

After a tepid opening from Arsenal, Alexandre Lacazette escaped the Chelsea defence to collect Jack Wilshere's pass, but the French striker wasted the chance as he scuffed a hurried shot wide. He fumbled it but grabbed the ball back before Alvaro Morata could pounce.

It looked like Moses caught Maitland-Niles's boot, but when the video referee looked at it in slow motion, there wasn't enough contact.

Andreas Christensen fared no better after the interval when the Chelsea defender dived to head over from inside the six-yard box.

In the second half, Alonso's cross fell to the lively Moses but his goal-bound effort was deflected away by the alert Shkodran Mustafi.

So it proved as Willian was denied by Ospina and Fabregas clipped a post in the closing moments.

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