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Arsenal beat Chelsea to reach Carabao Cup final

Arsenal beat Chelsea to reach Carabao Cup final

(Reuters) Granit Xhaka scored Arsenal's victor to beat Chelsea.

The visitors opened the scoring through Eden Hazard, rolling the ball past David Ospina on seven minutes after the central defence was split easily.

The Gunners responded just five minutes later when Nacho Monreal headed a corner towards goal and it ricocheted off Marcos Alonso and Rudiger before beating wrong-footed goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

Arsenal will face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final after coming a goal down to edge out Chelsea 2-1 in the semi-final second leg at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.

However, Andreas Christensen (head) is available for selection.

"Whenever Arsenal play against Chelsea and win it's significant, so to do so in the semi-final of the League Cup is bonus territory".

Arsenal won 2-1 on aggregate after the first leg ended 0-0 at Stamford Bridge weeks ago.

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Antonio Conte has settled on Hazard to lead the Chelsea attack in the absence of striker Alvaro Morata.

Many had tipped Arsenal as their favourites to win the game due to the fact they were playing the tie at home, but this would have likely been shattered after Hazard scored early on.

The second half continued much like the first, as sporadic efforts from Arsenal punctuated Chelsea's general dominance of possession. Lacazette's pass was deflected off Rudiger once again and went straight to Xhaka who made no mistake in putting it past Caballero.

The selection paid off inside seven minutes when Pedro set up Hazard for the game's first goal, but a hamstring injury suffered by Willian later in the half forced an adjustment, with England midfielder Ross Barkley introduced off the bench for his Chelsea debut. We were a bit scared to go for it and we suffered from that.

The Arsenal boss also reflected on the loss of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.

There weren't many awful individual performances from Arsenal players, but fans of the North London club have found one to criticise nonetheless.


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