The Carabao Cup semifinal derby match between Arsenal and Chelsea just comes up less than a week after both sides played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates. The game was dramatic and with two clashes between both sides on the horizon, fans will be anxious to witness the outcome of both games.
Here are 3 pre-match talking points:
CAN MORATA FIND HIS SCORING TOUCH?
Much of the game post-match analysis between the two sides was focused on Alvaro Morata’s profligacy. The Chelsea striker misses cost his side three valuable points against our North London neighbours as he missed a hat trick of chances much to the derision of the Chelsea fans and the glee of the Gunners Supporters. With the striker appearing low on confidence after making a brilliant start to his Chelsea career, all eyes will be on him with every chance he has to score. Miss and the floodgate will be reopened and even wider, score and he will silence his critics. It’s up to him. Can he get his mojo back and return back to scoring form? Let’s find out!
MATCH OFFICIATING SCRUTINY
In recent games between the two sides there’s been plenty of scrutiny on match officiating decisions. We can remember the Diego Costa dubious antics that saw Gabriel Paulista sent off and also Santi Carzola leave the field for a red card offence. The sending off of Per Mertesacker, Victor Moses, Pedro and David Luiz in feisty derby match days are also mentions. The focus last week was the penalty given to Chelsea as a result of a Hector Bellerin’s challenge on Eden Hazard which Arsene Wenger described as ‘farcical’. Whether or not it is, one thing for sure that is bound to happen is that every decision by the match officials will be scrutinised. This will put a whole lot of pressure on the match officials for both clashes between the two sides especially with a place in the finals at stake.
ARSENAL OR CHELSEA? WHICH SIDE WILL GIVE THE PERFECT RESPONSE?
Both clubs are on the back of poor results in the FA Cup third round play. With Arsenal ousted by Forest, and Chelsea held to barren draw by a dogged Norwich City side, the results were a shadow of what both clubs actually anticipated. Who gives the best response will be decided by who wants it more. With the Premier league out of sight, both sides have this competition as a chance of winning a silverware this season. Let’s find out who edges this one.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers