Liverpool 0-Zero Arsenal: Ten-man Gunners battle for first-leg attract Carabao Cup semi-final after early Granit Xhaka pink card

Arsenal held Liverpool to a battling goalless draw regardless of Granit Xhaka’s early pink card within the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.

With the tie lastly getting below approach seven days after its authentic date, following final week’s postponement, Xhaka managed to final simply 24 minutes at Anfield earlier than being despatched off for a reckless last-man problem on Diogo Jota.

However because of a superb defensive show, and a considerably underwhelming Liverpool efficiency, Arsenal may have an actual spring of their step forward of the second leg on the Emirates Stadium in seven days.

Xhaka pink card ‘a ridiculous problem’

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Granit Xhaka receives a straight pink card for a reckless last-man problem on Diogo Jota and referee Michael Oliver has no possibility however to ship the Arsenal midfielder off.

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka leaves the pitch after being sent off during the EFL Cup semifinal, first leg soccer match between Liverpool and Arsenal at the Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, Thursday, Jan.13, 2022.(AP Photo/Jon Super)

One lengthy cross from Andy Robertson discovered the run of Jota, and as he tried to race into the field he was caught by Xhaka with a excessive boot to his chest. It was reckless, and Oliver had no alternative however to ship him off.

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Jamie Carragher says Granit Xhaka totally deserved to be despatched off following his ‘ridiculous’ problem on Diogo Jota within the Carabao Cup conflict between Liverpool and Arsenal.

Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports activities Soccer:

“Xhaka did what Xhaka does. He makes a completely ridiculous problem when Jota nonetheless has a lot to do.

“The best way he has taken him out and with the power he does it. There isn’t any doubt it is a pink card.”

Staff information

  • Jurgen Klopp named as robust a aspect as he feasibly may, with Roberto Firmino and Takumi Minamino coming into assault for the absent pair of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
  • Mikel Arteta handed an extra begin to Eddie Nketiah up entrance, whereas Cedric Soares performed at right-back. Martin Odegaard missed out after testing optimistic for Covid.

Liverpool labour

Most inside Anfield would have anticipated an onslaught from the second of Xhaka’s dismissal. However with out Mo Salah and Sadio Mane there was a worrying lack of incision in Liverpool’s assaults. Alternatives created have been few and much between, and Aaron Ramsdale was not often examined within the Arsenal aim. Takumi Minamino and Roberto Firmino struggled to have a lot of an impression of their place.

One of many few clear probabilities after the pink card in all probability fell to Arsenal on 72 minutes, as Alexandre Lacazette and Kieran Tierney mixed earlier than the latter discovered Bukayo Saka within the field, however he was denied by the short pondering of Alisson – as he raced off his line to stop him changing.

There was time for Liverpool to grab the win on 90 minutes, however Minamino one way or the other conspired to blaze over the bar and into the Kop with the aim at his mercy.

Man of the Match: Ben White

“There’s a lot combat on this workforce and it confirmed as we speak,” White advised Sky Sports activities. “We dug deep and acquired the end result we wanted.

“The boys did properly as we speak. It is onerous sufficient to return right here with 11 males, to get one despatched off right away shouldn’t be good, but it surely was an excellent efficiency. We have been assured coming right here and we’ll give it our all within the subsequent sport.”

Carabao Cup schedule

Thursday 20th January 7:00pm

Kick off 7:45pm

  • Second leg takes place on the Emirates Stadium subsequent Thursday, January 20. Stay on Sky Sports activities Soccer from 7pm; kick-off 7.45pm.
  • The winners of this tie face Chelsea within the remaining at Wembley on Sunday, February 27

What’s subsequent for Liverpool and Arsenal?

Sunday 16th January 4:00pm

Kick off 4:30pm

Forward of subsequent week’s second leg each side are again in Premier League motion on Sunday. Liverpool host Brentford in a 2pm kick-off, whereas Arsenal head to Tottenham for an enormous north London derby, dwell on Sky Sports activities Premier League from 4pm; Kick-off 4.30pm.

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