Conte Rules Morata, Fabregas Out Of Arsenal Clash; Plays Down Dzeko Transfer

Conte Rules Morata, Fabregas Out Of Arsenal Clash; Plays Down Dzeko Transfer

Arsenal will seek to progress to the final stage of the League Cup when they host Chelsea at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

Arsenal confirmed the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United on Monday as part of the deal which saw Alexis Sanchez head in the other direction to Old Trafford.

Arsenal have been handed a major injury boost ahead of their game against Chelsea after Nacho Monreal and Aaron Ramsey took part in training with the rest of the first team.

"In my first year or so I have the opportunity to win the Premier League, play the FA Cup final and now I can play another final in the EFL Cup".

We embark on the quest for the breakthrough in the tie without Alvaro Morata, who Conte has revealed would have missed the weekend game at Brighton even if he had not been suspended.

"Then I have to check a couple of situations", Conte said at a press conference.

Pressed on the nature of Morata's problem, he added: "He has a problem in his back".

'Every player has had the chances to play and to show me their value, ' said Conte, 'and now I have to make the best decision for the team.

Asked about the fitness of his squad, Conte replied: "Morata and Fabregas are out".

Azpilicueta, save perhaps for Eden Hazard, is Chelsea's most consistent and important player.

"I don't see any advantage in this situation".

"Big games are special because you know everyone is watching and our fans want Chelsea in the final".

Conte has endured a frustrating second season in charge of the Blues, and has been publicly critical of the club's transfer policy.

"For this reason, I think we start this game with the same probability to go to the final".

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