Chelsea, Arsenal fail to find the net in Carabao Cup semifinal
The game kicked-off with Arsenal’s coach Arsène Wenger holding clear ideas on putting his soldiers at the back giving his opponent no space to find the goal.
Chelsea had the upper hand in terms of ball possession throughout the first half with most of the threat coming down the right flank of Victor Moeses.
The 27-year-old Nigerian ragged Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles as he dominated the youngster’s flank causing his side’s biggest threat of the first 45 minutes cutting inside twice only to find David Ospina at his finest moments.
On the other hand, Arsenal’s biggest chance came from another Nigerian, as Alex Iwobi fired a strike from the edge of the box but Thibaut Courtois stretched both hands perfectly to save it.
Cesc Fabregas caused no trouble for Ospina in Chelsea’s final chance before the referee’s whistle, as his header poorly connected with César Azpilicueta’s cross.
As the second half started, Chelsea hit the ground running, striving to score a goal on their home ground before the final whistle.
Andreas Christensen missed a sitter as his header went wide and Alvaro Morata’s long rang strike was met by another Ospina save.
With the Gunners hoping to form more solidty at the back Elneny replaced Jack Whilshere on the 57th minute of the game.
Chelsea’s finest Eden Hazard dribbled his way into Arsenal’s box, shattering the defense until he met his match in Elneny who blocked his path before reaching the goal.
No team was able to find the net, as they await their fate in the second leg on January 24 to learn who will reach the final.
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