Chelsea had a Pedro goal disallowed early on, but did take the lead inside seven minutes through Eden Hazard.Arsenal levelled with bizarre goal as Nacho Monreal’s header came off Marcos Alonso and Antonio Rudiger.
Ross Barkley replaced the injured Willian for his Chelsea debut, but he could not stop Granit Xhaka poking in. Arsenal’s narrow 2-1 victory sets up a Wembley showdown with Manchester City, who beat Bristol City.
A goal and an assist. Not the worst night for Antonio Rudiger. Unfortunately.
The goal was Arsenal’s first-half equaliser; the assist, their second-half winner. Not that Rudiger could have done much about either. These were hapless deflections more than horrible errors, a scruffy influence on what was often a scruffy game. Not that Arsenal were complaining.
This win takes them to Wembley again, for the first domestic cup final since their last visit in May. Manchester City will be favourites on the day, of course, but so were Chelsea over two legs here. Arsenal were decent value for their win, though, even if Chelsea will rue the chances missed by Alvaro Morata in the first game. They could have had a reasonable cushion here
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