Mauricio Pochettino says his Chelsea players will take the positives from our FA Cup semi-final performance into tomorrow evening's meeting with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

The Blues unfortunately exited the world's oldest club competition on Saturday as a late Bernardo Silva goal proved enough for Manchester City to secure their place in next month's final.

But our Tuesday night trip to Arsenal offers the chance for an immediate response. Pochettino's side is unbeaten in eight Premier League matches and extending that sequence to nine would boost our chase for a European place.

And the Blues head coach doesn't believe our FA Cup defeat has impacted the momentum built over the past two months.

‘The mood is good because we played a very good game,' he said. 'We played so well against a team that is one of the best in the world.

'I think our performance was really good, there were positive things we need to take. We conceded a goal in the last few minutes that we should not concede but that is part of football.

'We created many chances against a team that, for me, is the best team in the world. That is a good thing to keep working in this way and it’s the way we need to be for the future.'

The Blues had to settle for a 2-2 draw when the sides last met in October. Cole Palmer and Mykhailo Mudryk had put Chelsea ahead before two late strikes from the visitors denied us three points.

But Pochettino doesn't believe too many conclusions can be drawn from that game as we approach the business end of the season.

The boss also stressed the importance of utilising our games in hand as we look to finish in the European places.

He said: ‘The circumstances are completely different [compared to the first fixture]. Now we are at the end of the season and they are playing for the Premier League.

'It’s a final for them, for us also it should feel the same. We need the three points to be in a better position in the table.

'We are a two or three games behind nearly all teams above us and it’s important to try to win games like this to be in a European competition next season.'