The second leg is at the Emirates Stadium on January 24.
Arsenal, who also drew both Premier League encounters with Chelsea this season, suffered one of the most chastening defeats of Arsene Wenger's reign on Sunday as second tier Nottingham Forest won 4-2 in the FA Cup third round.
"I am pleased with the spirit and determination".
The Brazilian added, "Of course that's very positive".
Why not? I have not to justify every decision I make, I made over 1,000 games and I made over 1,000 teams and got it wrong every time.
"But we must be very happy because we have reached the semi-final. I let him go". Pedro Rodriguez and Willian will probably come into the team if the Belgian is unfit to start, with Conte likely to shift to a 3-4-2-1 formation; elsewhere, David Luiz is fit again following a knee problem and Ross Barkley could make his Chelsea debut.
Wenger was forced a dozen rows back from the Arsenal bench at Chelsea on Wednesday while serving the second game of a three-match touchline ban for misconduct toward a referee. "It is a shame to lose him when he is such good form and it was by blocking the shot that turned his ankle and it's his good ankle so I am quite positive".
The mouthwatering London derby featuring Chelsea and Arsenal takes place for the second time already this calendar year 2018.
We must be more clinical offensively otherwise if you don't score and you are unlucky the game finishes as a draw. We live with facts, not with psychological theories and the fact is when you turn out on the pitch you play football and you give 100 per cent.
We have the same chance to go and play the final at Wembley, 50-50.
"He's sharp on the counter as we all know, he's great on the ball". In the fourth round we played Everton, the fifth round was against Bournemouth and now in the semi-final we play Arsenal.
Wenger was given marching orders for the successive three Arsenal matches and he was also fined £40,000 for verbally abusing referee Mike Dean in the referee's changing room and questioning the referee's integrity. I knew I clearly got the ball so I wasn't anxious at all.