Arsenal boss Wenger on Alexis Sanchez contract latest and Alex Iwobi

Ross Barkley Chelsea

Wilshere started and captained the side for the 0-0 draw away at Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night but he had to be taken off in the second-half with a knock.

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.

'It is hard to prepare this game because we played [Arsenal] before for a place in the top four, now we are playing against a big team like Arsenal to reach a final in a good competition in England.

"I could see him (Atkinson) talking to somebody in his ear but I got the ball clearly so I wasn't anxious".

It was a decision, Wenger insisted, that had nothing to do with Sanchez being targeted by Manchester City in the January transfer window.

Conte anticipates Arsenal will field their best available team for tonight's game, and although this is the second of three meetings this month with the Gunners, it is the schedule rather than familiarity that is setting the challenge.

So while Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was in the customary position patrolling the touchline, within meters from his players and bellowing instructions, Wenger was reduced to occasional exacerbated shouts about a dozen rows back.

Then, Azpilicueta played a deep ball into Cesc Fàbregas but he sent his header straight at David Ospina from inside 10 yards, when he may have done better.

We must be more clinical offensively otherwise if you don't score and you are unlucky the game finishes as a draw. People don't know Alexis well - this is a guy who is completely focused to play football. "I have not to justify every decision I make, you know", he said. "It was his good ankle".

After an even opening stage, Arsenal had a decent chance in the 22nd minute through Alexandre Lacazette off a brilliant pass from Jack Wilshere but the French striker hit his effort over the bar. It's becoming a familiar situation for Wenger after sitting among the Chelsea faithful for Arsenal's 3-1 league loss last February.

Arsene Wenger's gamble to play mostly young players, with a few veterans like Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott, in the team's third-round tie backfired spectacularly as Nottingham Forest earned a 4-2 win over the defending FA Cup champions.

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