Charlie Nicholas states his prediction for Chelsea v Arsenal semi-final

Charlie Nicholas states his prediction for Chelsea v Arsenal semi-final

Charlie Nicholas states his prediction for Chelsea v Arsenal semi-final

Wilshere, who was originally reduced to only Europa League appearances after returning to action this season, had managed to force his way breaking into Arsene Wenger's Premier League side in October and has featured in Arsenal's last seven league outings.

"I don't see too much hope for Arsenal on Wednesday and I just hope they can nick a goal to keep the tie going".

The Gunners got the better of Chelsea in the FA Cup final and Community Shield past year.

While Arsenal were well below their best once again, in contrast to their surrender in Nottingham, the Frenchman will be encouraged that they showed enough spirit to keep Chelsea at bay.

Chelsea and Arsenal play out their third draw of the season as neither side is able to break the deadlock in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge.

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Wenger surprisingly left Alexis Sanchez on the bench amid talk of the unsettled Chile forward joining Manchester City, while Mesut Ozil missed out with a knee injury.

After an even opening stage, Arsenal had a decent chance in the 22nd minute through Alexandre Lacazette off a brilliant pass from Jack Wilshere but the French striker hit his effort over the bar.

Before those attempts, Wilshere injured his leg blocking a firmly struck cross from Moses and an impressive outing as Arsenal captain was curtailed when he limped off to make way for Mohamed Elneny before the hour.

VAR - making its debut in the Carabao Cup - was used when Ainsley Maitland-Niles went down under Victor Moses' challenge in the Chelsea penalty box, but after a delay referee Martin Atkinson signalled for a goal-kick. The former Everton attacking midfielder is still recovering from him hamstring injury.

So it proved as Willian was denied by Ospina and Fabregas clipped a post in the closing moments.

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