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Arsenal vs Chelsea - Match Preview

23 Jan 2018 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: EFL Cup
ENGLAND: EFL Cup

Arsenal FC

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Kick-off
20:00 GMT
24 January 2018

Chelsea FC

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Kick-off
20:00 GMT 24 January 2018

With just over a month until the EFL Cup Final at Wembley, there are still two matches to be played in order to determine which sides will meet to contest the first piece of silverware of the season. The first legs of the semi-finals have already been played, Chelsea and Arsenal both failed to score in a goalless draw and they face off in their second leg on Wednesday evening.

STATS

  • Arsenal’s demise in the league has been coming for some time and Alexis Sanchez leaving the Gunners summed up the current state of the club. They are struggling in the Premier League, sitting 6th and their hopes of success rest on the EFL Cup. They have won just one of their last six in all competitions, drawing twice with Chelsea in that time. They won their last match 4-1 against Crystal Palace.
  • Chelsea aren’t in a great state of affairs themselves, 3rd in the league and 15 points away from league leaders, Manchester City. They are, however, still in both cup competitions but didn’t take advantage of the first leg which was played at Stamford Bridge. Like their upcoming opponents, they scored four goals at the weekend in a 4-0 demolition of Brighton.
  • Alexandre Lacazette is Arsenal’s leading goal scorer in all competitions this term after his summer move but with nine goals, he needs more to be seen as a success.
  • Another player who has scored plenty of goals since a summer transfer is Alvaro Morata, who has scored 12 goals. Eden Hazard is close by on 11.

HEAD TO HEAD

The last four meetings between these two London rivals have ended in stalemate with the most recent being the first leg of this semi-final. The FA Cup final was the last time one of these two sides beat the other and that was back in May at Wembley, the venue both teams are looking towards in this fixture. Not including the first leg of this tie, the last time the two sides met in the League Cup was in the final of the 2006/07 season and Chelsea were the victors, 2-1 was the scoreline with Didier Drogba scoring both goals. How the Blues would love to have him for Wednesday night.

ARSENAL NEWS

The Gunners will be desperate to win this match and then hopefully go on to win the final, whether it be against Man City or Bristol City. They will be hoping to see their new signing, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, in action while Nacho Monreal and Aaron Ramsey face late fitness tests. Danny Welbeck or Olivier Giroud should feature on the bench.

Latest matches: Arsenal FC

20.01.2018 Prem Arsenal FC Crystal Palace 4:1 W
14.01.2018 Prem Bournemouth AFC Arsenal FC 2:1 L
10.01.2018 EFL Chelsea FC Arsenal FC 0:0 D
07.01.2018 FA C Nottingham Forest Arsenal FC 4:2 L
03.01.2018 Prem Arsenal FC Chelsea FC 2:2 D

CHELSEA NEWS

Antonio Conte will be just as hopeful that his side can secure another piece of silverware but he also has several players who are doubts for the clash. Alvaro Morata, Thibaut Courtois, Danny Drinkwater and Gary Cahill will all undergo tests of their fitness. Andreas Christensen and Cesc Fabregas won’t be in the side.

Latest matches: Chelsea FC

20.01.2018 Prem Brighton & Hove Albion FC Chelsea FC 0:4 W
17.01.2018 FA C Chelsea FC Norwich City 6:4 W
13.01.2018 Prem Chelsea FC Leicester City 0:0 D
10.01.2018 EFL Chelsea FC Arsenal FC 0:0 D
06.01.2018 FA C Norwich City Chelsea FC 0:0 D

SUMMARY

Before Arsenal’s resounding win at the weekend, this game would have had a Chelsea win written all over it but Wednesday’s hosts showed ruthlessness they haven’t shown all season. They have the backing of their home supporters but face a very tough Chelsea side. I expect the result to be similar to that of the first leg and maybe extra-time beckons, it will take one moment of magic from either side to progress to the final.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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