Wenger manages Arsenal in cup semi while sitting with media

Thursday, 11 Jan, 2018

The mouthwatering London derby featuring Chelsea and Arsenal takes place for the second time already this calendar year 2018.

If the sight of Sanchez on the bench was unusual, so too was Wenger watching his own team play from the press tribune as he served the second game of a touchline ban for misconduct toward a referee. "If you want to win you have to score", Conte said. In this case we have reached the semi-final and our task is to try to reach the final and then to try to win this trophy.

It was the fourth meeting between both teams so far this season with Arsenal winning on penalties in the FA Community Shield while both clashes in the league ended in draws.

Chelsea will host Arsenal in the first leg of a Carabao Cup semifinal tie on Wednesday. Indeed, Arsenal have a fight on their hands to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, while they will also hope to challenge for the Europa League having qualified for the knockout stage with a minimum of fuss before Christmas.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Wenger added: "I felt there was great togetherness, we didn't give many chances away".

Wenger's side faced Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the second match in England to have access to the VAR technology.

Arsene Wenger insisted that his surprising decision to bench Alexis Sanchez at Chelsea on Wednesday night "had nothing to do" with negotiations with Manchester City for his imminent transfer.

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After a quiet start to the half, the visitors had a chance to break the deadlock when Alexandre Lacazette broke through on goal, however the striker sliced his effort horribly wide.

David Ospina had to grab the ball at the second attempt when a left-footer Victor Moses drive bounced off the goalkeeper's body.

When Maitland-Niles went down under pressure from Moses in the area, referee Martin Atkinson consulted the video assistant referee, but no penalty was given.

Cesc Fàbregas also saw a header saved although Andreas Christensen may have done better late on.