Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea Carabao Cup Semi Final: Man of the Match

Man of the Match Arsenal Insider

Did we really have anything to be scared about? Yes, we did have an early scare with that offside goal and then Chelsea’s actual goal, but after that they didn’t look like winning at all.

Thanks to Nacho Monreal, a couple of deflections and Granit Xhaka, Antonio Conte left with one win in eight against us, as we head to another Wembley cup final.

Throughout the game, we were quite convincing, but as always you want to know who really stood out at the Emirates last night.

Well, firstly in what might be a surprise to some, Mohamed Elneny. Playing at the base of a three-man midfield, the Egyptian flourished more than he has in a two-man pairing for some time.

He did his initial job of recovering possession outstandingly as he made countless interceptions, headers and tackles to get us back on the ball and stop any developing Chelsea attacks.

He also spread play well, whether that was on the ground or over the top of Chelsea’s defence.

Another player who stood out was Alex Iwobi. Continuing his good run of form since those reports from The Sun, he had more of a defensive head on last night.

Tracking back time and time again, he was impressive went left one-on-one with his opposite number Victor Moses as he picked off his fellow Nigerian with five tackles.

On the attacking side of things he was also encouraging as he was very tidy on the ball but should have put us 3-1 up with a late chance which was too good to miss.

Also in the run in for last night’s man of the match was Mesut Ozil. Floating around the pitch, the German played very well as he was able to dictate the pace of the game very easily.

He would burst forward when needed, play some nice interlinking passes as well as slow the game right down to kill off any Chelsea momentum expertly.

Yesterday’s man of the match though was Nacho Monreal. Starting our comeback with his double-deflected header, the Spaniard did excellently afterwards to keep us ahead and book our place min the final.

He did manage to go on the odd overlap, but he was more impressive at the back.

Fitting in at left back again he dealt with his aerial duels well as he showed he hasn’t lost his spring when going up for headers. His anticipation was second to none as he made some very well timed interceptions and some great tackles to help us get another date with Wembley.

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Art de Roche
Hi I’m Art and I’m currently studying Sports Journalism at the University of Gloucestershire. I support Arsenal and try to get down to the Emirates a few times each season hoping that we can finally win the Premier League again. But hopefully I write a bit more often than Arsenal win Premier Leagues!