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Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal dealing with losing great player in Sanchez

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Martin Dubravka of MSK Zilina celebrates after a match against Sparta Prague during the UEFA Champions League play-off round 2nd leg of football match between Sparta Prague and MSK Zilina

The Italian watched on last night as his side came up short against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final, losing 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium to miss out on a place in the final at Wembley.

They now face Premier League rivals Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Sunday looking to keep their hopes of FA Cup success alive. Having lost [to Birmingham City] in 2011, it's unfinished business because we didn't win. Victor Moses earned himself a yellow card for an ugly tackle on Alex Iwobi, and we were all reminded that VAR was in use for this game as play was stopped briefly to determine how bad the hit had been (the card stayed yellow). With the departure of Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez, it is very likely that Arsenal might be interested in the former PFA Player Of The Year.

The Algerian global has been strongly linked with both Arsenal and Chelsea in recent transfer windows after starring during Leicester City's title winning campaign in 2015/16.

The Gunners therein struggled to exhibit their dominance in the first period, but they put in a real shift in the second half with the visitors struggling to find creativity after Willian, who went off injured. Even in this case we go from one cup to another and we have to look forward.

In a tale of two halves, where Chelsea, despite their dominant first-half performance could not replicate the form into goals, while Arsenal was lucky enough for both their goals scored in the night where midfielder Granit Xhaka snatched the victor midway through the second half to book Arsenal's place in the Wembley final.

Pedro saw a goal correctly disallowed for offside five minutes in, but that was a warning Arsenal failed to heed and Chelsea were not to be denied soon afterwards.

There was also a touch of fortune about the Gunners' second as Alexandre Lacazette's pull-back rebounded off Rudiger and Xhaka pounced from close range.

And Arsenal benefitted from another deflection in the second half as Granit Xhaka steered home the victor after good work from Alexandre Lacazette. "I think he's going to add a lot to the team and we'll try to get the most out of him", the Arsenal keeper said before discussing the arrival of more new players before the end of the month.

With serial offender Alexis Sánchez off the books, Arsene Wenger might have expected a more controlled performance from his players. We know what we have to do. "People talk about selection headaches - we want those sorts of decisions because we want those sorts of players available".

Wenger's comments were widely assumed to be a barb aimed at Pochettino and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp, both of whom are yet to win a trophy in English football.

For the first time i can easily say "Conte Out".

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