The Blues locked horns with the Gunners at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semifinal tie, with the sole aim of victory in mind.
Both sides have not had the best of time in recent weeks as the London clubs drew 2-2 at the Emirate Stadium a week ago. During the weekend, both sides were unfortunate away from home as Norwich City and Nottingham Forest were tough nuts to crack for these big sides, Chelsea and Arsenal respectively.
In the Carabao Cup tie, both sides had to endure another winless outing as it finished goalless at the Bridge. With the barren draw between the two London giants, we evaluate what the stats say, with regards to the game.
Full statistics of Carabao Cup semifinal first leg:
Shots on target
6 (Chelsea) (Arsenal) 5
The Blues had more efforts on goal as they shot six times against the Arsenal goal. Arsenal on their own had 5 shots on goal. It was no surprise considering that the likes of Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata returned to the starting line-up to make things tough for the visiting Arsenal side.
Shots off target
15 (Chelsea) (Arsenal) 3
The statistics says it all as Chelsea were resolute although the game. Chelsea had 15 shots off target which was five times the number Arsenal had in the entire contest. This was due to Chelsea’s persistence attempt to win the game as they sought to make the best of the home advantage and continue with a victory before the away trip to the Emirates next week.
54% (Chelsea) (Arsenal) 46%
The statistics here indicates Chelsea’s overall dominance as Arsenal chased the game at some point in the encounter. The likes of N’golo Kante Cesc Fabregas and William Borges showed midfield potency to the Arsenal group. They bossed proceedings from the middle in the search of the elusive goal at home.
10 (Chelsea) (Arsenal) 4
The match was an intense affair as both sides tested the opposing goal repeatedly. This led to several corners-kicks as both sides sought to utilize the set-piece to break the deadlock. The Blues had 10 corner-kicks over Arsenal’s 4 in total due to their overall superiority in the match though the final score was 0-0.
3 (Chelsea) (Arsenal) 0
The Blues were victims of Offsides call on three occasions as they were caught by the flag. This was due to their unceasing desire to win the game by all means at home. The Gunner had no offside calls in the match.
7 (Chelsea) (Arsenal) 15
The Carabao Cup tie produced an end to end strive as both sides competed effectively in the game. This led to some physical challenge as rivalry was kindled on the playing turf. The host had 7 fouls as compared to Arsenal’s 15 fouls due Chelsea’s dominance in the match.
1 (Chelsea) (Arsenal) 2
Three yellow cards were produced as the match official moderated the game to a positive extent. This saw Chelsea N’golo Kante booked in the 79th minutes while Arsenal duo of Granit Xhaka and Mohammed Elneny was booked in the 51st and 86th minute of the game respectively.
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