Chelsea boss Conte confirms Hazard fit for Arsenal; Barkley not ready

Chelsea boss Conte confirms Hazard fit for Arsenal; Barkley not ready

The Chile worldwide, who started last Saturday's 2-2 Premier League draw with Antonio Conte's side, will start among the substitutes at Stamford Bridge.

In the other semi-final played on Tuesday, Manchester City defeated Bristol City 2-1 at the Etihad.

Arsenal, who also drew both Premier League encounters with Chelsea this season, suffered one of the most chastening defeats of Arsene Wenger's reign on Sunday as second tier Nottingham Forest won 4-2 in the FA Cup third round.

The victor will face either Manchester City or Bristol City.

It was the fourth meeting between both teams so far this season with Arsenal winning on penalties in the FA Community Shield while both clashes in the league ended in draws.

Arsene Wenger will continue to serve his touchline ban and is expected to revert to a full strength side for tonight's 1st leg.

After a tepid opening from Arsenal, Alexandre Lacazette escaped the Chelsea defence to collect Jack Wilshere's pass, but the French striker wasted the chance as he scuffed a hurried shot wide.

Moses then went close for Chelsea with a low shot destined for the back of the net only to see effort deflected over by Shkodran Mustafi.

Before those attempts, Wilshere injured his leg blocking a firmly struck cross from Moses and an impressive outing as Arsenal captain was curtailed when he limped off to make way for Mohamed Elneny before the hour.

VAR - in use for the first time in an EFL competition - came into play just before the break as Moses appeared to trip Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the area as the two went for a rebound, but the video assistant did not award a spot kick.

When Christensen headed wide of an open goal after Ospina misjudged a corner, Conte must have feared it wouldn't be Chelsea's night.

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