The second of three meetings between Chelsea and Arsenal this month sees the pressure firmly on the north Londoners in the EFL Cup semi-finals.
Sunday’s 4-2 defeat at Nottingham Forest, which was the first time Arsene Wenger has lost an FA Cup third round tie, means the spotlight is firmly on the Arsenal manager, for whom the EFL Cup is the last remaining domestic trophy missing from his cabinet.
With only that and the Europa League offering any hope of silverware this season Wenger is expected to break a 21-year habit and name a strong side, as should Antonio Conte as he looks to arrest a worrying run of form against Arsenal. Today’s game will kick off by 9pm Nigerian time.
Conte has only won one of his six meetings against Wenger, missing out on the Double in last season’s FA Cup Final and being denied a league win at the Emirates last week when Hector Bellerin struck in stoppage time.