Chelsea would play Arsenal over two legs in the Carabao Cup semi-final and Chelsea captain Gary Cahill insists Arsenal won’t be happy to play Chelsea.
Chelsea went through to the last four of the Carabao Cup after a 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday.
Arsenal have lost just one of their last five meetings against the Blues and prevented Chelsea from winning the Double last season by beating the Blues in the FA Cup Final.
It has led to suggestions in some quarters that Arsenal have the psychological edge over their London rivals.
When asked if he felt that was the case, Cahill told Standard Sport: “No, not at all. I have had good and bad times against them.
“They’ve done very well against us lately, especially at Wembley but if I put myself in the Arsenal camp, I don’t think it’s ideal for them to play us over two legs.
“Do the recent results against them give us extra motivation? Yes. Obviously there was the FA Cup Final last season and they got one over us there.
“But if you look at what’s happened over the last 10-15 matches between us, we have had good games too.
“We have played Arsenal many times and we know what to expect. The first leg is at home and that will be massively important. These are two big teams going at it.
“We know it will be a tough test. You expect to see big teams in the semi-finals of cup competitions, even though clubs change their sides up.
“You still expect the big teams to have enough to get through and that’s what’s happened with our semi-final.”