Here we are, in a semifinal that nobody really cares about. But I like semifinals, because they’re one step away from winning a thing, and winning a thing is good, even the League Cup. Arsenal are very, very banged up right now, and even Mesut Özil is now a doubt, joining almost every other Arsenal player of note in the treatment room. Or so it seems.
Anyway, we can’t control that; all we can do is hope Arsenal can do a job against what is likely to be a much stronger Chelsea side. Hope springs eternal and all that, right? I mean, either way, the result’s not bad - win over the two legs and it’s a trip to Wembley, lose and that’s one less week with three games in it. Which isn’t a huge amount of schedule clearance, but every little bit helps.
Yes, this is what I’m reduced to. Up the Arsenal.
Arsenal at Chelsea
Carabao Cup semi final, first leg
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
12PM PT/3PM ET/8PM BT
Stamford Bridge, London
US TV: ESPN2
US streaming: ESPN3, Watch ESPN, or whatever they’re calling it these days
Non-US: check with livesoccer.tv
TEAM NEWS #CFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/V7uEqX9Hlh— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 10, 2018
Team to face Arsenal: Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #CHEARS pic.twitter.com/jbcvsjsgXG— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 10, 2018