Jack Wilshere hailed his side’s team effort as Arsenal reached their first League Cup final since 2011 after battling back to beat Chelsea 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium. 

The Gunners went into the game with the advantage, having secured a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, but went behind through Eden Hazard’s goal following a fast start from Chelsea. 

However, Antonio Rudiger’s own goal brought Arsenal level five minutes later and the hosts grew into the game after that. 

Granit Xhaka’s cool finish on the hour after Rudiger deflected Alexandre Lacazette’s low cross straight into the Swiss’ path turned the game on its head to ensure Arsenal would face Manchester City at Wembley. 

And Wilshere, who gave an interview to Sky Sports alongside match-winner Xhaka, was full of praise for Arsenal’s character in the game. 

He said: “It was a team effort, especially second half. We knew we had to improve second half and we dug deep.

“We might have got our formation wrong in the first 20 to 25 minutes, but we came back into it and showed great character. We showed our quality going forward.

“We have got a good record at Wembley. We know City are a good team, but we will go there to win. We are in a good moment now and we want to keep that going.”

Xhaka added: “It was my second goal for Arsenal inside the box. I am happy I helped the team and we are happy. If you play a final, you want to win the trophy.”

The north London club defeated Antonio Conte’s side in last season’s FA Cup final and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was happy to see his side book another place at the national stadium. 

Wenger said: “In the first half we gave them too much respect, maybe, and we suffered from that.

“In the second half we rectified that. We knew we could do better in the second half and that is what we did.

“We have some time to prepare for the final. We are happy to bring our fans to Wembley again. We are happy to get there again.”

The Frenchman was unable to offer any details on whether the club had a bid for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned down.

Wenger added: “No, no news on that. The clarity is ‘let’s play with the players we have’.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said: “There is disappointment with the final result. We tried to reach the final, but we were unlucky.

“We had a good run in this competition and now it is a pity for me, the players and the fans.”