Full-time: Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea (2-1 on aggregate)

  • Arsenal will face Manchester City in the 2017-18 Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 25 February after coming from behind to beat Chelsea in last-four second-leg decider on home soil
  • After a goalless first leg at Stamford Bridge, Eden Hazard gives the visitors a sixth-minute lead after Pedro's effort is ruled out for offside
  • Hosts quickly equalise in comical fashion as Nacho Monreal's header from a Mesut Ozil corner takes a double deflection off Marcos Alonso and Antonio Rudiger
  • Granit Xhaka pokes home the winner on the hour mark after Alexandre Lacazette's cross takes a crucial touch off the unfortunate Rudiger
  • Ross Barkley comes on to make his Chelsea debut after Willian limps off with a hamstring injury in the first half
  • Two-time winners Arsenal are into the final for the eighth time as Arsene Wenger seeks to finally claim the only major domestic trophy to elude him during his 22-year stay in English football
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Xhaka's second-half effort proves decisive as two-time winners Arsenal come from behind to set up a Carabao Cup final clash with Manchester City on 25 February - their 10th Wembley appearance in less than four years.

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Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea


Brilliant from Zappacosta to bring a difficult ball under control and win a last-second corner.

Barkley's wretched near-post cross is eased away by Elneny and the final whistle sounds. Arsenal have done it.


Zappacosta takes on Monreal and sends in a cross towards Alonso that is headed away by Xhaka.

Barkley tries to usher the ball onto his right foot but has his pocket picked by Wilshere.

The former Everton stalwart wins it back and Hazard finds space down the left before producing a delivery that is caught safely by Ospina.


Batshuayi cannot stop Zappacosta's header from drifting out of play as Chelsea toil in search of a leveller.

The fourth official raises his board to indicate four minutes of additional time.



A chance for Chelsea to work a late opening as Mustafi trips Barkley.

Alonso's terrible 30-yard free-kick is miles off target.


Monreal shows great anticipation to intercept a pass intended for Zappacosta and is quickly pulled back by the Italian.

Xhaka takes Mustafi's lofted free-kick on his chest before the ball runs out of play.


Wenger looks to his bench for the first time with only seven minutes remaining.

Sead Kolasinac replaces Lacazette.


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Zappacosta hangs up a looping back-post cross and Bellerin makes a brave block to stop Alonso's fizzing volley.

Rudiger gets up above Mustafi but the ball rather bounces off his head and over.


The hugely impressive Monreal makes an important sliding challenge on Zappacosta after an Arsenal attack breaks down following a woeful cross-field pass from Lacazette.

What was he thinking?


Caballero makes a vital save to deny Iwobi after a gorgeous Arsenal passing move started in his own half by Elneny and also featuring Xhaka, Lacazette and Ozil.

Chelsea quickly head down the other end and a low cross from Alonso towards Zappacosta is turned behind by Monreal.


Alonso smashes an errant shot high into the stands. 15 minutes left for Chelsea to find an equaliser that would send this semi-final second-leg into extra-time.


Lacazette demands Kante be booked for a shove in midfield, but the referee settles for a stern word in the ear.

Davide Zappacosta for Moses is Conte's third and final substitution.


Xhaka hammers a left-footed shot well wide after another incisive Arsenal attack involving Bellerin and Lacazette.

Chelsea offering nothing at present with a little over 20 minutes remaining. Batshuayi is on for Pedro.


Iwobi and Monreal battle away against Hazard, with the latter cautioned for his overzealous approach to stopping the Chelsea man.


Pedro's chip doesn't come close to fooling Ospina, who stayed on his line.

Moses commits an ugly challenge on Iwobi and quickly receives a booking before watching on anxiously as Michael Oliver consults with the VAR.

Yellow it stays.


This just hasn't been poor old Rudiger's night.

The German defender deflects Lacazette's pass into the path of Xhaka, who gets there ahead of Azpilicueta to poke the ball beyond Caballero.

That was good old-fashioned centre-forward play from Lacazette, who ran the channel after initially receiving possession from Xhaka and showed good strength to hold off Christensen.

Granit Xhaka
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Goal: Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea (Granit Xhaka)


Ozil releases Iwobi, whose cutback intended for Lacazette is thumped behind by Azpilicueta.

Monreal gets his head to another corner but Kante clears.


Two more offside decisions go against Ozil and Lacazette, the first of which was incredibly tight.



Hazard bursts forward on the counter for Chelsea and looks to be in on goal before crashing to the turf under pressure from Mustafi.

Replays show there was no contact and that the Belgian playmaker simply fell under his own weight.

Hazard, who did not appeal for a foul, gets to his feet and sees a shot deflected wide by Xhaka.