Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey in contention for Arsenal's clash with Bournemouth

Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey in contention for Arsenal's clash with Bournemouth”

7 - Arsenal won't be unhappy with this first-leg goalless draw, but no club has been eliminated at the semi-final stage of the League Cup more often than the Gunners (7). The 20-year-old has largely been used as a left-back by Wenger this season due to injuries but he thinks this will stand him in good stead in a defensive midfield role.

"We showed solidarity and spirit, and it's all good, so I am positive", he said.

The decision to not play the Chilean in the FA Cup means he is eligible in that competition for City, and he started on the bench in the League Cup semi final against Chelsea.

Wenger's initial intention had been to loan out Mavropanos, but he has changed his mind.

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And then, finally, there he was, Arsène, emerging a little gingerly, elegantly turned out in standard full-length grey quilted gown, tucking his great gangling legs beneath the sharp edge of the low-slung plug shelf beneath his desk.

But Wilshere believes he will soon be back in action.

"We have an uncertainty over Ozil, who will have a test earliest tomorrow", Wenger said.

The Frenchman, who has been the Gunners manager since 1996, is contracted at the Emirates Stadium until 2019, having extended his stay last year.

"He is not involved in that at all, he has been out at a birthday party".

Spanish midfield maestro Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury. However, Sanchez waiting game has seized to exist, making his feelings of wanting to leave, widely known for consecutive seasons.

"The performance of Alexis Sanchez and the commitment does not depend on the duration of his contract, just depends on the fact when he's on the football pitch he wants to play", Wenger said. "The semi-final it is important to take your chances".

Head official Martin Atkison consulted VAR three times in the first half.

The Cherries are only one point above the drop zone but they are unbeaten in their last four matches and they could welcome back Joshua King and Junior Stanislas for Sunday's game. At the moment, nothing is decided one way or another. His crusade against referees, his team's shock FA Cup loss to Nottingham Forest and their stuttering league form has made him grumpy. Both these players have received interest from clubs outside the Premier League. "I didn't know the VAR referral was actually for that incident", he told Sky Sports after the match.

These two sides have only met on six occasions, with Arsenal winning five of the previous meetings.

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