Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Arsenal's Attacking Gameplan Plays into Our Hands, Says Cahill; in Association With

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Arsenal's Attacking Gameplan Plays into Our Hands, Says Cahill; in Association With

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

GARY CAHILL believes Chelsea have nothing to fear when they face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semifinal tonight.

Chelsea have beaten their rivals just once in their past six competitive meetings, but the England international is convinced the Blues can progress to the final next month.

Arsenal go into the first leg with the worst defensive record of the top seven clubs in the Premier League and having been beaten by Nottingham Forest 4-2 in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.

Cahill said: "We have nothing to fear, but we have lots of respect for them. They are a very good team obviously but nothing to fear from our point of view. Our recent record against them has to change for us to go through.

"We don't want this to go to extra time in the second leg, we have enough games as it is.

"The last couple of times against Arsenal at Wembley have not been successful. But I've been on the end of a few wins against Arsenal, especially at Stamford Bridge."

The club captain believes Chelsea can capitalise on Arsenal's open attacking style. This evening's match at Stamford Bridge comes just a week after the two sides played out a thrilling 2-2 draw in the League, with the Blues missing a host of good chances to claim all three points.

Chelsea's ability to create opportunities at Emirates Stadium was in complete contrast to matches against lower opposition, who have played more defensively, this term.

In the last month alone, Chelsea have failed to score against West Ham and Everton in the League, while they were held to a goal-less draw by Norwich City in the FA Cup.

When asked if Chelsea are looking forward to facing Arsene Wenger's more adventurous tactics, Cahill replied: "Yes. I think the League game against Arsenal last week was incredible. We were disappointed not to get the three points. I felt we had the better chances in that game.

"They attacked with numbers, but didn't really get back with numbers, so it exposes them defensively. We have attacking players who can hurt you. Everyone saw that last week.

"When you play a game like against Norwich, West Ham and Everton, you are looking for that bit of brilliance. …

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