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Who was your man of the match? Arsenal (H)

Who was your man of the match? Arsenal (H)

London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal will renew hostilities when they meet in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday night. Chelsea will hope home advantage proves decisive this time around, but they will have to demonstrate considerably more attacking quality than they did when Arsenal travelled to Stamford Bridge back in September and departed with a 0-0 draw.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea): Started the game quite sharply and was Chelsea's most creative player for the majority of the match, though the Belgian exhausted in the closing stages.

One of the key figures of the London derby over the years, Arsene Wenger will not be seen in the sidelines as the French tactician has received a touchline ban for his antics after the club's 1-1 draw against West Brom on December 31.

"I want him to stay for longer", Wenger said, optimistically trying to avoid being drawn into a discussion over a potential sale.

The second leg, in two weeks' time - hopefully will be better.

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

Fabregas should have given Chelsea the lead just before half-time, but the former Arsenal midfielder wastefully headed straight at Ospina from close range. We live with facts, not with psychological theories and the fact is when you turn out on the pitch you play football and you give 100 per cent.

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"A free role if I can say, he doesn't have to defend that much following the wing back, or full back nowadays".

Sanchez came on halfway through the second half - a decision that was booed by the travelling Arsenal fans - but Wenger defended the decision to drop him, giving a succession of different reasons.

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"To play three times in three weeks (against Arsenal) is very unusual", Conte said.

"I have not to justify every decision I make, you know".

The League Cup is the only domestic competition Wenger hasn't won in more than 21 years at Arsenal. It's becoming a familiar situation for Wenger after sitting among the Chelsea faithful for Arsenal's 3-1 league loss last February.