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Top Five Performers From Chelsea & Arsenal’s Drawn Carabao Cup Tie

Chelsea and Arsenal played out a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge for the second time this season in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash on Wednesday night. 

Arsene Wenger will be satisfied that his side now have home advantage with the tie so finely poised against a team that have only got the better of them once over the last two seasons. 

Following the first leg, here are our top five performers on what was a rather frustrating night for Antonio Conte and co.

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1. David Ospina

Wenger took a big risk in dropping former Chelsea stopper Petr Cech, particularly after his midweek heroics against the Blues at the emirates. Ospina, however, made numerous saves from Alvaro Morata, Cesc Fabregas and Victor Moses and crucially reacted in time to gather a saved ball which Morata looked set to pounce on. 

Wenger can be assured that Ospina is a reliable replacement should Cech become unavailable further down the line.

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2. Victor Moses

Having failed to really test the defensive attributes of Maitland-Niles in last week’s Premier League encounter between the two, Moses piled the pressure on the youngster right from kick-off. 

The 27-year-old also went close when he struck the post and forced Ospina into an important save early on.

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3. Jack Wilshere

Despite going off in the 57th minute due to an ankle injury, Wilshere was undoubtedly the Gunners’ most creative and dangerous player. His power and pace was second to none as the England international captained the side for the first time this season. 

Wilshere has enjoyed a great return and looks set to become one of Arsenal’s most valuable assets. That is, of course, if Sanchez leaves this month.

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4. Eden Hazard

As always, the ‘Belgian Messi’ did not disappoint. Although this wasn’t his finest performance of the season, Hazard continued to show moments of brilliance such as his creative back heel pass to Fabregas deep into the second half. 

There is no doubt that Hazard will continue to attract the attention of Real Madrid over the next few months, but Chelsea fans will be hoping the former PFA Player of the Year puts pen to paper sooner rather then later.

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5. Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea’s most consistent defender over the last three or four seasons continues to display his leadership qualities. He snuffed out the danger caused by any attempt at a break made by his London rivals all night. 

As well as this, he attempted to link up with Alvaro Morata on numerous occasions but the Arsenal defence were alert to the brilliant link up play displayed by the Spaniards all season. 

Having dropped Gary Cahill for Antonio Rudiger, Conte may have Chelsea’s next captain on his hands.

Author: The PA Team

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