Carabao Cup semi-final: Chelsea faces Arsenal

Toffees manager Sam Allardyce insisted the door will never be closed on England playmaker

Arsenal also picked up a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge when the sides last faced off in the Premier League, making it just one defeat in five against Antonio Conte's men.

The Gunners had on Tuesday defeated West Ham in the quarter-finals of the competition. "I have had good and bad times against them", the London Evening Standard quotes him as saying.

The only non-Premier League side in the quarter-finals, they snuck through with a stoppage time victor by Korey Smith to stun the Red Devils and knock the reigning Carabao Cup champions out of the competition.

"Do the recent results against them give us extra motivation? Yes".

'We must be ready to face an important, tough game.

Barkley was given a round of applause by his team-mates after he made his way onto the pitch
Barkley was given a round of applause by his team-mates after he made his way onto the pitch

The other semi-final will see Chelsea take on Arsenal after the Blues saw off Bournemouth 2-1, with Alvaro Morata scoring the victor in the 91st minute, around 60 seconds after Dan Gosling had temporarily equalised for the Cherries.

'We have played Arsenal many times and we know what to expect.

Arsenal have got the better of Chelsea in the last three matches between the two sides, including victories in the FA Cup final and Community Shield.

After some fantastic and dramatic action this week in the Carabao Cup, the four remaining sides in the competition have discovered their fate in the semi finals.

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