Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Carabao Cup: VAR used as Chelsea and Arsenal play out stalemate

Carabao Cup: VAR used as Chelsea and Arsenal play out stalemate

Speaking to Sky Sports, Wenger added: "I felt there was great togetherness, we didn't give many chances away".

Chelsea and Arsenal played out a draw at Stamford Bridge this evening as an exciting contest finished 0-0 in London.

When Maitland-Niles went down under pressure from Moses in the area, referee Martin Atkinson consulted the video assistant referee, but no penalty was given. Television replays backed up Atkinson's decision.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea): Started the game quite sharply and was Chelsea's most creative player for the majority of the match, though the Belgian exhausted in the closing stages.

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The winners will face either Manchester City or second tier Bristol City in the final, with the Premier League leaders taking a 2-1 lead into the second leg.

There were some surprising omissions form the the Gunners' squad as Alexis Sanchez was left on the bench, while Mesut Ozil was not included in the squad.

Nicholas said of Arsenal, who sit five points off the top four in the Premier League: "The modern game is creating such wealth but Arsenal are going in the opposite direction, potentially letting £250m worth of playing talent leave in the summer for nothing".

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Not long after VAR technology was used again as the same player went down in the box, but it wasn't given and the spoils were ultimately shared at Stamford Bridge.

Danny Drinkwater's poor night ended with 24 minutes left, Willian replacing the midfielder. Then you have to play teams in the league which is also important.

Ross Barkley, a £15 million buy from Everton last week, might ultimately benefit from Drinkwater and Bakayoko's travails if Conte chooses to move Cesc Fabregas back into a deeper role, therefore opening up a slot for Barkley higher up the pitch.

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