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Hello, and welcome to tonight’s liveblog.

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Kick off for the game is at 8pm.

We’re under way…

4Mins

Chelsea have started on the front foot.

Moses has just dragged a shot wide from the edge of the area.

5Mins

Pedro has the ball in the net after heading home a well-executed Azpilicueta cross.

The linesman correctly rules it out for offside though.

8Mins

Pedro plays the ball through to Hazard, who finishes calmly.

Chelsea have started this game very sharply, and so deserve their lead.

13Mins

Arsenal now need to score twice.

Although away goals only count after extra-time, so they can stay in the game by drawing 1-1 after 90 minutes.

12Mins

Better from Arsenal.

Iwobi plays through Wilshere, but Caballero is alert to stop the Englishman getting a shot away.

13Mins

A set piece falls to Monreal, whose header deflects off Rudiger and goes in.

This looks set to be a cracking game.

17Mins

Hazard has just been booked for cynically taking down Ozil.

Arsenal have responded superbly since conceding.

21Mins

Pedro finds Willian, who fires the ball narrowly wide from the edge of the area.

This game remains very open.

As I type, Lacazette latches on to a long ball, but is ultimately crowded out by Chelsea’s defenders.

25Mins

Chelsea are starting to control the game again.

They’ve had 71% possession in the last 10 minutes according to Sky.

26Mins

29Mins

Willian has had to go off injured.

That means Ross Barkley makes his Chelsea debut off the bench.

32Mins

Wilshere has now been booked for a late tackle on Barkley.

Arsenal have been second best in these last minutes.

38Mins

A Xhaka free kick out wide deflects just over Caballero’s bar.

It’s very difficult to predict which way this game’s going to go, but if it continues to be this entertaining and free flowing for the remainder of the match, we’re in for a treat.

43Mins

46Mins

Arsenal are being pinned back into their half at the moment.

Chelsea have been the better side so far.

48Mins

Wilshere plays it to Ozil, whose shot is deflected just wide.

That’s a bit more encouraging from an Arsenal perspective.

46Mins

The second half has begun…

51Mins

Hazard bursts forward on the counter-attack, but Xhaka stops him with a good tackle.

Arsenal have seen more of the ball in this second half, but are struggling to find a way past a well-organised Chelsea backline.

54Mins

Hazard bursts through on goal again, but appears to trip himself as he does so.

The referee, correctly, waves play on.

61Mins

Iwobi’s cross takes a deflection off Azpilicueta and goes just over.

Arsenal have been much improved since the break and are starting to control the play.

61Mins

Lacazette does well to hold the ball up down the right.

The striker’s cross eventually deflects into the path of Xhaka, who finishes coolly to put Arsenal ahead for the first time in the tie.

67Mins

The visitors make a change in their search for an equaliser.

Pedro is replaced by Batshuayi, who has been heavily linked with a Chelsea exit of late.

69Mins

Xhaka fires a shot well wide from the edge of the box.

Arsenal have showed no signs of sitting back since going ahead.

71Mins

Lacazette wins a free quick after being nudged to the ground by Kante.

The French attacker’s hold-up play has been impressive in the second half.

73Mins

Chelsea make another change.

Moses is replaced by Zappacosta.

77Mins

Alonso’s shot goes well off target, prompting cheers from the home fans.

Chelsea have been surprisingly toothless in attack in this second half.

Moments later, Iwobi is one-on-one, as Caballero makes a vital save, after a lovely pass across goal from Ozil.

82Mins

Arsenal are looking pretty dangerous every time they counter attack.

Chelsea need to be careful they’re not left too exposed as they push bodies forward.

84Mins

Rudiger heads over from a corner — he didn’t really attack the ball with any great conviction there.

Seven minutes of normal time remain.

As I type, Lacazette and Iwobi are replaced by Kolašinac and Ramsey.

89Mins

One minute of normal time remains.

Chelsea are still offering very little in Arsenal’s final third.

90Mins

There will be four added minutes…

92Mins

Monreal has been named man of the match.

His goal was vital and he has been part of an impressive Arsenal defensive effort.

90Mins

Hazard’s cross goes straight into Ospina’s arms.

That, surely, is that.

Flag 90Mins

FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 2-1 CHELSEA – THE GUNNERS ARE IN THE LEAGUE CUP FINAL 

Right, that’s all from me for now.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

You can read our report of the game here.

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