The League Cup semifinal tie between Chelsea and Arsenal is a quarter-way over, and we're no closer to finding a victor than at the start, as the teams head into half-time of the first leg at Stamford Bridge scoreless and largely incident-less. 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.
"You have to accept as well when you play so many games, and Sanchez plays every game, that sometimes a breather in the middle of the season helps them a little bit".
This match will be very important for Arsenal for another chance to win a trophy.
They 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.
While Chelsea's Antonio Conte was in the customary managerial position patrolling the touchline on Wednesday, with his players close by to receive direct instructions, Wenger was reduced to occasional exacerbated shouts. So, too, did the referee as video replay assistants were deployed for a third time in English soccer.More news: Serena Williams Covers Vogue With Baby Daughter Alexis
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With one minute left in the first halftime, Cesc Fabregas should have given Chelsea the lead but headed straight at David Ospina.
Jack Wilshere was probably Arsenal's best performer but, worryingly, had to be subbed off early in the second half with an ankle injury. People don't know Alexis well - this is a guy who is completely focused to play football.
"The only thing I want to say is the performance of Alexis and the commitment does not depend on the duration of his contract, it just depends on the fact that when he's on the pitch he wants to play".
"You want first to be solid, but ideally you want to score as well". "It was his good ankle".
Chelsea face Leicester City in the league, at the Bridge, on Saturday. This is my only worry, not that we are playing three games versus Arsenal, but because we are playing three massive games in a short time and we have to play the league and we have to play FA Cup'.