Chelsea and Arsenal in first-leg stalemate

Ross Barkley

It's a policy the boss has never shied away from over the years, but following Arsenal's FA Cup shock exit the League Cup may be Arsenal's best hope of adding another trophy to the cabinet this season.

Wenger will be even happier if Ozil and Co. return in time to turn it on in the second leg at the Emirates later this month, when the same level of discipline and determination will be essential.

"If I think he can help the team to win, then that is nothing to do with the fact he can be punished separately, individually". In the fourth round we played Everton, the fifth round was against Bournemouth and now in the semi-final we play Arsenal. "But we know that Chelsea are a unsafe side, so that is why it is important until then that we win our Premier League games and prepare after".

"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".

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, meanwhile, who is engulfed in a war of words with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, off late, has mentioned that winning the semi-final first leg at home will give his side oodles of confidence. But at the same time I'm very positive, because the player is a good guy, he's shown great will to work, great desire to help us very soon.

"You want first to be solid", he mused.

"We must have a bit of patience, it can improve football in England".

'To play Arsenal three times in only three weeks is very unusual.

Chelsea and Arsenal played out a draw at Stamford Bridge this evening as an exciting contest finished 0-0 in London.

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