Chelsea have suffered further heartbreak against Arsenal with The Gunners having beaten Antonio Conte’s men 2-1 in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final at the Emirates Stadium this evening.
Eden Hazard fired the visitors into an early lead but an own goal from Blues defender Antonio Rudiger and a Granit Xhaka effort saw the tie turn in Arsenal’s favour.
A goalless first leg was soon forgotten when Chelsea grabbed a seventh-minute lead. Pedro played in Hazard and the Belgian ace produced a clinical finish from the centre of the box.
Arsenal responded and Jack Wilshere tested Blues keeper Willy Caballero before The Gunners levelled in bizarre circumstances when Nacho Monreal’s header cannoned off both Marcos Alonso and Rudiger before falling into the net.
After a thrilling start, goalscoring chances became more rare as the half wore on, although Monreal was unlucky not to score again just before the break when Caballero saved his goal-bound header.
The second half saw Xhaka send an ambitious effort over the bar before the same player gave Arsenal the lead on the hour. Rudiger’s evening got worse as the defender deflected the ball into the path of Xhaka who poked the ball into the corner of the net from close range.
Pedro then saw an effort saved by The Gunners keeper David Ospina at the other end but in truth, Chelsea struggled to muster any kind of response to their bitter blow.
Alex Iwobi was unable to beat Caballero with a decent chance as Arsenal saw out the game comfortably to reach Wembley courtesy of a 2-1 victory both on the night and on aggregate.