Nacho Monreal available for Arsenal's Carabao Cup semi-final clash against Chelsea

New signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan is cup-tied for Arsenal after appearing in the quarter-finals for his former club Manchester United against Bristol City.

"When you play against Arsenal, you must be prepared to suffer without the ball because they like to be offensive and like to bring many players in the box to try to find combinations between strikers, wingers and midfielders".

Now Conte's men will have to do the business at the Emirates tomorrow night, hopefully overcoming any demons still lingering from Arsenal's FA Cup final win over Chelsea back in May.

We embark on the quest for the breakthrough in the tie without Alvaro Morata, who Conte has revealed would have missed the weekend game at Brighton even if he had not been suspended.

Speaking to reporters at his pre-match news conference on Wednesday, Conte said: "Morata has a problem in his back and is injured".

Morata is ruled out of the encounter at the Emirates Stadium with a back problem in a blow to Conte and Chelsea's hopes of reaching the Carabao Cup final. Then I have to check a couple of situations [with other players].

Defender Andreas Christensen will though be available after recovering from a head injury. "If you remember the game at home in the league, Sanchez didn't play".

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"For me, my players, for the fans, it's an important target, especially for me", he said.

The EFL have supplied the Gunners with Carabao branded graphics to display on the two big screens inside the ground as and when the referee consults VAR.

"He's fit. He trained with us and he's fit". "Arsenal, for sure, want to get there as well".

"I don't see any advantage in this situation".

"The second leg will certainly be more open, it should be much spectacular than the first one".

Conte has endured a frustrating second season in charge of the Blues, and has been publicly critical of the club's transfer policy.

  • Lawrence Cooper