Arsenal vs Chelsea Carabao Cup semi-final 2nd leg: Preview

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This fixture has been quite familiar this season with the two clubs facing each other four times already this season, but this will be the last meeting this term.

Of those four games this season, every 90 minutes has ended in a draw, but like in the Community Shield in August, there has to be a winner tonight.

With Arsenal looking to get into their first League Cup final since 2011 when they lost embarrassingly to Birmingham City, they go into the game off the back of a great result.

Beating Crystal Palace and the Emirates on the weekend should fill the team with much more confidence than if they were to be going into this game without having played that game.

Before that, Arsenal hadn’t won since late December in the reverse fixture against Palace, however, Chelsea haven’t been firing on all cylinders for that long either.

Despite running riot in their 4-0 away win at Brighton, before that they hadn’t won a game since their 5-0 battering of Stoke in late December.

With the gunners coming into the game off such a win against Palace, and being at home, gives them a massive advantage. Having only lost once at home this season, the Emirates is somewhat of a fortress and now that Arsenal shaken o old habits against Chelsea off, Arsenal shouldn’t go into this game with fear at all.

The Arsenal fans know that they have the ability to outplay Chelsea at any given time, as proven in the 3-0 home win from last season as well as the 2-1 F.A. Cup win, then the players should feel relatively comfortable going into this game.

However, one thing that might hinder Arsenal it the fact that we’re not able to play new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Having come on as a substitute in Manchester United’s loss to Bristol City in the quarter final, the Armenian is cup tied.

That means that the earliest Arsenal fans can see him in action is away at Swansea next Tuesday, cheers Jose.

Either way, Mhkitaryan or not, Arsenal should be going into tonight’s game thinking that they will be the ones to face Manchester City at Wembley next month and extending their recent run at Wembley to add another trophy to the cabinet.

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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!