Chelsea boss Conte confirms Hazard fit for Arsenal; Barkley not ready

Chelsea and Arsenal played to a tiresome 0-0 draw in their Carabao Cup semifinal first leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Clear chances were few and far between at both ends of the field in what was the second London derby between the two teams in the space of a week.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is a doubt for this weekend's clash with Bournemouth after limping out of the Gunners' game with Chelsea.

The 26-year-old was handed the captain's armband for the tie at Stamford Bridge - which ended in a goalless stalemate - but after he went to ground holding his right ankle, the England global grimaced at the thought of another injury lay-off.

Eden Hazard recovered from a calf complaint to start for Chelsea and the Belgium star played in Morata after two minutes, although the angle was against the striker - who endured a torrid outing when the sides met in the league last week - and he shot into the side netting.

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The second half got off to a brighter start for Chelsea as they put their London rivals under some early pressure after the restart, with Andreas Christensen the first to threaten when he failed to steer a header on target after Marcos Alonso had flicked the ball on to him at the back post. Chelsea fans turned to gloat and taunt him after each of their goals as Arsenal fell to...

With one minute left in the first halftime, Cesc Fabregas should have given Chelsea the lead but headed straight at David Ospina.

This means it is all to play for at the Emirates, when both sides face each other again in two weeks.

Wenger was given marching orders for the successive three Arsenal matches and he was also fined £40,000 for verbally abusing referee Mike Dean in the referee's changing room and questioning the referee's integrity.

Chelsea and Norwich City drew 0-0 in their FA Cup match, triggering a replay.

  • Lawrence Cooper