Arsene Wenger ended up sitting next to his gardener at Chelsea last season but insists all is not rosy when it comes to watching from the stands.
Wenger will serve the second of a three-match touchline ban when Arsenal face Chelsea in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final, an experience he is not unfamiliar with at Stamford Bridge.
He watched on from the stands there as part of another suspension in February last year and bumped into an unusual spectator.
“I sat next to a guy who says ‘hello, how are you?’, I said ‘good afternoon.’ He said, ‘I am your gardener’,” Wenger explained.
“I didn’t even know him. He was an Arsenal fan, who went to the game at Chelsea.”
Wenger will be able to communicate remotely with assistant manager Steve Bould and first team coach Jens Lehmann on Wednesday but the lay-out of Chelsea’s ground makes it awkward to reach the changing rooms.
“I will try to find a different place,” Wenger said.
“It was not a pleasant experience (last season). At Chelsea, you have to go on the other side to go in the directors’ box so by the time you get around the stadium, it’s 10 minutes played.”
But when exactly is the match? And how can you watch it? Here is all you need to know…
When is the match?
The first leg of the semi-final takes place on Wednesday, January 10. Kick off is at 8pm UK time.
Which TV channel is it on?
The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.
Is there a live stream?
Yes, you can watch a live stream of the match on the Sky Go app and via Sky’s website.
Chelsea team news
Eden Hazard has shaken off a calf complaint in time for Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg clash with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
The Belgium forward is expected to feature having continued to train fully, with Chelsea likely to field a strong line-up.
The Blues have no other injury concerns for the game.
Chelsea squad: Courtois, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Hazard, Morata, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Musonda, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Clarke-Salter, Sterling, Eduardo, Ampadu, Hudson-Odoi.
Arsenal team news
Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi will undergo late fitness tests ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea.
Xhaka (groin) and Mustafi (knock) are close to recovering but both players only have an outside chance of playing at Stamford Bridge.
Sead Kolasinac (ankle), Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Olivier Giroud (hamstring) and Nacho Monreal (ankle), however, all remain sidelined.
Arsenal squad: Cech, Ospina, Mertesacker, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Debuchy, Bellerin, Nelson, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Wilshere, Xhaka, Elneny, Ozil, Iwobi, Sanchez, Welbeck, Walcott, Lacazette.
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