Chelsea v Arsenal: Carabao Cup semi-final, first leg – live!

TV Oar Insertion dept. The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) makes its League Cup debut tonight. It’s designed to cause more end arguments concerning the following type of potentially controversial incident: goals, penalty kicks, straight red cards, and mistaken identity. Referee Martin Atkinson can call on VAR Neil Swarbrick if he so desires, while Swarbrick can metaphorically tap on Atkinson’s shoulder to give the official the heads up over any clear factual errors. If any incident is not totally clear, the VAR may get Atkinson to have a gander at a pitchside monitor, no doubt with Conte and Wenger on his shoulder dispensing beneficial advice. Good luck, everyone!

Both teams made all manner of changes for their weekend FA Cup games at Norwich City and Nottingham Forest, so perhaps it’s more relevant to make a comparison to the sides fielded when everyone met at the Emirates last week. Chelsea have made two changes to their starting XI: in come Antonio Rüdiger and Danny Drinkwater; Tiémoué Bakayoko drops to the bench, while Gary Cahill sits this one out in his civvies. Eden Hazard is fit after recovering from a calf problem.

Arsenal’s team news is arguably the bigger. Alexis Sánchez is only on the bench - the rumour-mongers linking him to Manchester City will have a field day - while Mesut Özil won’t be taking part at all. Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi deputise. Meanwhile David Ospina replaces the rested Petr ?ech in goal. Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi have shaken off injury concerns.

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