Chelsea and Arsenal in first-leg stalemate

One with Conte

Source The Sun

When you reach quarter-finals and semi-finals in England you must be prepared to face big teams, in this case we've had to play Arsenal in the league and the Carabao Cup'.

The second leg of the semi-final will be played at the Emirates on January 24. Chelsea will hope home advantage proves decisive this time around, but they will have to demonstrate considerably more attacking quality than they did when Arsenal travelled to Stamford Bridge back in September and departed with a 0-0 draw.

Yes, that is what I want, I want him to stay for longer because I believe he is a very important player for us and I believe that when he came on tonight you could see that he created danger straight away.

Second-tier Bristol do not have the necessary set-up to install the VAR for the second leg of the tie in two weeks' time.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte agreed with Wenger, saying: "It (VAR) is not bad, it is important because it reduces the mistakes". So, too, did the referee as video replay assistants were deployed for a third time in English soccer.

"What I was anxious about was that it took too much time", Wenger said. After Norwich it's the second 0-0 in a row, we have to reflect on that and improve in the training sessions.

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

There was a blow for Arsenal when Jack Wilshere, who was handed the captain's armband to cap a recent resurgence in an injury-blighted career, limped off after spraining his left ankle. "It was by blocking a shot that turned his ankle". For us it's simple to prepare for the game because you know the team and the way they are playing.

Wilshere's return to form and fitness has been one of the few highlights of Arsenal's campaign so far and he scored his first goal for the club in over two years in last week's 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger is expected to deploy a full-strength side for the Gunners Carabao Cup 1st leg clash with Chelsea on Wednesday. It's becoming a familiar situation for Wenger after sitting among the Chelsea faithful for Arsenal's 3-1 league loss last February.

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