Jack Wilshere limps out of Arsenal's clash against Chelsea with ankle injury

Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley

In the other semi-final played on Tuesday, Manchester City defeated Bristol City 2-1 at the Etihad.

The 26-year-old was handed the captain's armband for the tie at Stamford Bridge - which ended in a goalless stalemate - but after he went to ground holding his right ankle, the England global grimaced at the thought of another injury lay-off.

It represented a restoration of pride for Wenger and Arsenal after their weekend FA Cup humiliation at the hands of Nottingham Forest and they will welcome their rivals to north London in two weeks' time with hopes of a fourth domestic knockout cup in five seasons firmly intact.

Antonio Conte's side dominated possession for long periods at Stamford Bridge - where the Video Assistant Referee system (VAR) was in operation - but lacked the killer instinct required to take a step towards the final.

Before those attempts, Wilshere injured his leg blocking a firmly struck cross from Moses and an impressive outing as Arsenal captain was curtailed when he limped off to make way for Mohamed Elneny before the hour.

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Moses then went close for Chelsea with a low shot destined for the back of the net only to see effort deflected over by Shkodran Mustafi.

Alonso nearly opened the scoring himself shortly afterwards when he was a whisker away from glancing Fabregas's corner home, and Morata could not bring the ball under his spell when it fell to him inside the six-yard box either.

With one minute left in the first halftime, Cesc Fabregas should have given Chelsea the lead but headed straight at David Ospina.

Chelsea and Arsenal met earlier this month at Emirates Stadium in Premier League play, with the two London sides playing to a 2-2 draw.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are also aiming to bounce back after their goalless draw with Norwich in the third round on Saturday.

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