On Wednesday evening, Chelsea will line up against The Gunners for the 4th time this season. The first meeting between both clubs was the Community shield in 2017. Then, we met in the league, and ended up drawing them in a heated encounter. A few days ago, we came up against them for the 3rd time. Our 4th meeting is the Carabao Cup semifinal first leg. Judging from what happened the last time, I don’t expect this encounter to be a walk in the park. The last time we met, the game could have gone either way, but we both had to settle for a draw in the end. The last game was a league encounter, and the stakes were high, this one is just as Important.
Winning the game would improve the chances of both teams to book a place in the finals with second leg at Emirates still to come, and also boost a chance at some silverware this season.
For The Gunners, it’s looking like a dead season already, they’re in desperate need of a miracle to save what’s left of it. So they have a good reason to fight for this game. For us on the other hand, we’re still on course for a fulfilling season, but obviously, getting this trophy would mean so much. With competition high for trophies in all the competitions we’re currently facing, getting this far and losing out would not do us any good.
Winning the Carabao Cup would not only boost our confidence as a team, it would also be a reward for the players’ efforts this season. So the game against Arsenal is very important, and it is expected the boys will treat it as such. If we take our chances, and we play as well as the last time, things should be in our favour in the end.