Arsenal hold Chelsea to goalless draw in Carabao Cup semifinals

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

Arsenal are aiming to reach their first Carabao Cup final since 2011, but first they have to negotiate a way passed the current Premier League champions Chelsea.

Conte had mostly fielded fringe players en route to the last four, but Eden Hazard, back from a calf injury, N'Golo Kante and Thibaut Courtois were called upon with a Wembley showdown against Manchester City or Bristol City in sight.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is a doubt for this weekend's clash with Bournemouth after limping out of the Gunners' game with Chelsea. Alvaro Morata will start, dropping Batshuayi to the bench.

Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses forced David Ospina into action with a stinging drive that the Arsenal goalkeeper fumbled before recovering to snatch the ball away from Morata.

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The first saw the Spaniard turn into space before quickly releasing a 25-yard effort which Ospina needed to parry away, before Morata then rolled Shkodran Mustafi to race through on goal and squeeze his finish under the onrushing Arsenal keeper, only to see it trickle into the side-netting.

Andreas Christensen twice went close for the hosts but headed over from close range on both occasions, while Cesc Fabregas' cross was deflected onto the post in the closing stages.

The result means that all three competitive fixtures between the two sides this season have ended in draws, with one more to come when Arsenal welcome Chelsea to the Emirates for the return leg later this month.

Arsene Wenger has been banned for three matches and fined £40,000 for his comments in the referee's changing room following Arsenal's draw against West Bromwich Albion on New Year's Eve.