Conte laments lack of say in moves after League Cup exit

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The fixture was very much a game of two halves, with Chelsea taking ultimate control in the first 45 minutes, while Arsenal's persistence was the overriding force of the second.

Arsenal are continuing negotiations with Borussia Dortmund over a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but after his side's win over Chelsea, Wenger was reluctant to speak about the transfer.

"In this competition, we played with young players", said Conte.

Wembley Stadium will host the 57th instalment of the League Cup final, which kicks off at 4.30pm on Sunday 25 January.

Even if Arsenal are under a bad run of form or with an under-strength side, Wenger always know how to deal with Chelsea. "We were a bit scared to go for it", said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has never won the League Cup.

In the 60th minute Xhaka scored the second goal to complete the comeback.

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Asked whether he was planning to stay beyond the end of the season, Conte, who is under contract until June 2019, said: "Nothing has changed".

Conte clearly indicated that his preference would have been not to play Barkley as he is yet to complete his road back to full fitness, having missed the entire opening half of the season due to the aforementioned injury. Conte had to order him to disrobe roughly ten times before the order finally reached the former Everton midfielder.

"We lost a great player, but of course it's true that when the team doesn't know what's going on, there's less clarity and less focus on performances".

"It is unfinished business yes, because we didn't win, but we are again at Wembley and many times we were there, but we are in the final again and we can take our fans there", he added.

Chelsea thought they had gone ahead on five minutes but Pedro Rodriguez's header was correctly ruled out for offside after the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). Fabregas trained today and tomorrow I will check his physical condition, but this is good news for us.

A rejuvenated Arsenal started the second period on the front foot and edged in front in the two-legged tie when Xhaka reacted quickly to prod home a deflected Alexandre Lacazette cross with about half an hour to go.

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