Antonio Conte bemoans lack of options

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ChelseaAntonio Conte has revealed he will be without Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata for Chelsea's Carabao Cup semi-final with Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger was unable to field the cup-tied Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who joined the club from Manchester United earlier this week in a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez moving in the other direction while Ross Barkley made his debut for Chelsea as a first-half substitute.

Even if Wenger remains at the helm to see out the final year of his contract next season, few would expect him to build a team capable of winning the Premier League or enjoying success in Europe between now and May 2019.

Arsenal sit sixth in the Premier League, 23 points behind leaders Manchester City, and they lost to Championship side Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, leaving the League Cup as the only route to domestic silverware. "Last season, I think we did a fantastic job and did a little miracle". The Chelsea boss will be without just two first-team players on Wednesday, with four players set to return from their respective layoffs.

Manager Antonio Conte has been at pains to state that he has no direct influence over Chelsea's transfer strategy which follows the departure of Michael Emenalo as technical director last November.

'Morata and Fabregas are out, ' Conte said.

Conte meanwhile confirmed that Andreas Christensen is available.

He told reporters, "We will go there to win for sure because we want to win trophies at the end and the League Cup is a good trophy, ' said the Belgian". His link-up with Alexandre Lacazette has been consistently improving, and that looks like the only way Arsenal can secure the big win against the Blues.

So too can the final installment in the January Arsenal trilogy.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has opted to recall Pedro after the Spaniard served a one-match ban, with Michy Batshuayi having to make do with a place among the replacements.



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