TOP 4 ARSENAL NEWS – Ozil Out, Sanchez Benched & Wilshere Injured Again

 TOP 4 ARSENAL NEWS – Ozil Out, Sanchez Benched & Wilshere Injured Again

2. Ozil Out, Sanchez Benched & Wilshere Injured Again

The under-strength Gunners dug in for a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final showdown with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge; without their top stars.

Arsenal came up against a full-strength Chelsea side and while they leaked several chances to the Blues frontline; an improved performance from the likes of Rob Holding, who had his confidence shattered at the weekend, will certainly do the Englishman and many of his team-mates the power of good.

Alexis, on the other hand, was laughing and joking with former Barcelona team-mates Cesc Fabregas and Pedro before and during the match.

1. Chelsea frustrated by Arsenal stalemate

Antonio Conte’s side had 21 shots to just eight from Arsenal, yet the tie remains on a knife-edge heading into the second leg at the Emirates Stadium on January 24.

“We are not so clinical despite creating chances. If you want to win you have to score,” Conte said. “We didn’t concede a goal, but we know we play away at Arsenal and we must be ready to fight if we are to play the final.”

While it was a frustrating evening for Chelsea as they chase a first League Cup final berth since 2015, the stalemate was a welcome tonic for their London rivals.

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