Following the weekend’s rather unceremonious FA Cup exit at the hands of Nottingham Forest, it was back to League Cup action away at Chelsea last night in a game that not many people, including most Arsenal fans gave us much of a chance.
However, you could argue Arsenal shaded the game and deserved more than the goalless draw at The Bridge, with a few chances to win the game and a resolute defensive display. It was a marked improvement on Sunday’s shameful performance, despite again missing key players such as Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.
Team news soon on who could be back for the Bournemouth game this weekend, all of the latest odds here on Bookies Free Bets.
Arsene Wenger served the second game of his touchline ban, watching from the stands, with Steve Bould in charge from the bench, and despite the tie finishing goalless it was quite a good game between London’s two biggest clubs. Shkodran Mustafi played well alongside Rob Holding at the back, while Alex Iwobi put his weekend’s party shenanigans behind him to turn in a much improved performance for the Gunners, almost putting us in front after a great run, only to lose his way at the key moment in the second half.
Sanchez started the game from the bench, fuelling rumours of his departure and our front line of Lacazette and Welbeck struggled to get any clear cut chances, Lacazette with the best chance which he blazed high and wide.
With the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee, we should have been awarded a penalty when Ashley Maiteland-Niles had his foot kicked in the box, a carbon copy of Eden Hazard’s penalty last week in the Premier League game. However, AMN stayed on his feet instead of a theatric, referee-conning dive, and the claims were unsurprisingly waved away. Chelsea also had a claim for penalty waved away late on as the game headed towards a stalemate, a decision which would have been harsh on the visitors had it been given.
Two weeks until the second leg at The Emirates, wonder who’ll be back fit for Arsenal, any more outgoings, and/or any incomings who won’t be cup-tied?
Next up, a visit to Bournemouth for a Premier League game this Sunday lunchtime.