Potential Arsenal lineup against Chelsea | Carabao Cup


Potential Arsenal lineup against Chelsea | Carabao Cup

Arsenal go to Chelsea for their crucial EFL Cup semi-final first leg this evening, with Arsene Wenger questioning the way Eden Hazard won a decisive penalty for his team at the Emirates last Wednesday.

But he recalled a miserable experience from February a year ago, when Arsenal crashed 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and even his own gardener pitched up next to him.

Arsenal enters this game after crashing out of the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest over the weekend.

"I must tell you that was a bad experience", he admitted.

Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from the Forest defeat but they are not expecting any injured players back for the first leg at Stamford Bridge. "It was very uncomfortable and awkward".

"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". "But at Chelsea you have to go on the other side to go in the directors" box. Fortunately for Wenger, Chelsea are in the midst of a hectic schedule that Conte admits is stretching his squad to breaking point.

Wenger added: "I can still do the pre-match in the dressing room and at half-time. But I could miss almost one half if it takes too much time to get to and from my seat!"

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Many pundits and former players alike are already writing off our chances tonight, with our defence looking shaky in recent weeks, and our form matches that, but Wenger will be putting out a strong side today despite knowing that a draw could well be enough to set us up to win on aggregate.

The Gunners have missed out on the Champions League this season for the first time since Wenger took over and face the prospect of losing Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere in the summer.