CARABAO CUP: Morata, Fabregas, Mkhitaryan out as Arsenal meets Chelsea again

CARABAO CUP: Morata, Fabregas, Mkhitaryan out as Arsenal meets Chelsea again

Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas will be missing for Chelsea when they travel to Arsenal for a record 5th time in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.

Chelsea goes into the vital clash having beaten Brighton 4-0 at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, while Arsenal is coming off the back of a 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace after a disappointing few weeks for both sides.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is predicting a tight game at the Emirates, after a stuffy affair at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago.

Wenger said: “It’s an important game and we want to go to the final. We have an opportunity to do it at home against Chelsea. I think the two teams know each other very well.

“The first leg was very blocked, the second leg will certainly be more open because, at some stage, the teams will have to open up to try to win the game. It should be much more spectacular than the first one.”

Striker Morata will be missing for Chelsea with a back injury, while Fabregas has a hamstring problem.

Andreas Christensen is available to play after his head injury, while captain Gary Cahill, midfielder Danny Drinkwater, and Thibaut Courtois are set to be fit for the second leg.

New signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan is cup-tied for Arsenal after appearing in the quarter-finals for his former club Manchester United against Bristol City.

Aaron Ramsey (illness) and Nacho Monreal (leg) will be given every chance to be involved but Olivier Giroud (hamstring) and Danny Welbeck (groin) will definitely miss out for Wenger’s side.

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