Morata, Courtois & Willian to miss Chelsea-Newcastle, says Conte

The game is a repeat of last year's FA Cup semi-final, where Arsenal came back from Sergio Aguero's strike to win 2-1 through goals from Nacho Monreal and Alexis Sanchez.

Antonio Conte pointed to the lack of options on Chelsea's substitutes' bench after his side fell to Arsenal 2-1 in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

He took a swipe at Arsenal when he said, unlike Sanchez, Hazard is still at Chelsea and is likely to extend his stay at the Stamford Bridge.

Mahrez was also accompanied to the game by his Leicester City and Algeria teammates Islam Slimani, who has also been linked with a move this month.

Alex Iwobi had a golden chance to seal the win with about a quarter of an hour to go but Caballero made a fine save to keep Chelsea in the tie.

'The best [thing] is I don't talk about it.

"But if we want to accelerate this process then he needs to play, especially in this situation with injuries to players like Willian". "I don't know [how long] because it's very hard to tell, how many days they need to come back".

"I wouldn't see it as surreal being back here and in the first team".

The Carabao Cup Final might not be overly prestige and not everyones "cup of tea", but a final is a final and Arsenal have another date at Wembley.

Asked whether an apparent injury to Willian could force the club's hand in the transfer market, Conte replied: "I think one game, it is not right only one game to take the decision, or to understand something".

Gone are the days when it was given that Chelsea always beats Arsenal, no matter what.

The 31-year-old, who has been out of action with a hamstring injury in recent weeks, has started just one Premier League game this term. "I felt that in January we paid a heavy price for uncertainty in our dressing room", Wenger told reporters.

"Every club tries to find the best solution in the window for the team and I'm sure we are working on it". He has to work a lot but I am very happy for his game and for his effort.

Antonio Rudiger's own goal and deflection to set up the victor certainly helped, but it was no less than Arsenal deserved.

  • Steve Townsend