Jack Wilshere limps out of Arsenal's clash against Chelsea with ankle injury

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Jack Wilshere limps out of Arsenal's clash against Chelsea with ankle injury

The 26-year-old was made Arsenal skipper for the game at Stamford Bridge with Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech missing out.

It represented a restoration of pride for Wenger and Arsenal after their weekend FA Cup humiliation at the hands of Nottingham Forest and they will welcome their rivals to north London in two weeks' time with hopes of a fourth domestic knockout cup in five seasons firmly intact.

Eden Hazard is back in contention for Chelsea ahead of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Arsenal.

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, meanwhile, who is engulfed in a war of words with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, off late, has mentioned that winning the semi-final first leg at home will give his side oodles of confidence.

Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses forced David Ospina into action with a stinging drive that the Arsenal goalkeeper fumbled before recovering to snatch the ball away from Morata.

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At the other end, Thibaut Courtois parried away an Alex Iwobi snapshot and Maitland-Niles, with roles suddenly reversed, went down under a challenge from Moses. Chelsea fans turned to gloat and taunt him after each of their goals as Arsenal fell to...

Andreas Christensen twice went close for the hosts but headed over from close range on both occasions, while Cesc Fabregas' cross was deflected onto the post in the closing stages.

Chelsea have now drawn three games in row for the first time since January 2013 and have failed to win their opening three games of a calendar year for the first time in 25 years, while it is only the second time in Arsene Wenger's tenure that Arsenal have also been left winless three games into a new year.

Chelsea and Norwich City drew 0-0 in their FA Cup match, triggering a replay.

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