Arsenal v Liverpool : Carabao Cup Match,Team News,Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 19-01-2022 10:10 pm (4 months ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
- at 19-01-2022 10:10 PM (4 months ago)

Date: Thursday 20th January, 2022
Time: 8:45 pm
Stadium  Emirates Stadium
Goal Scorer:

Team News

Mikel Arteta has several first-team absentees to contend with and will be short of options on Thursday, particularly in central midfield.

Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers are all minor doubts due to injury or fatigue, while Sead Kolasinac has left the Gunners to join Marseille on a permanent deal.

Xhaka will serve a one-match suspension following his first-leg dismissal, while Martin Odegaard is doubtful having only just completed his self-isolation period, after a bout with COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Nicolas Pepe, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are all away at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has returned to England after suffering heart lesions caused by COVID-19 and will undergo tests to assess his condition.

With Albert Sambi Lokonga the only recognised centre-midfielder available to Arteta, the Spaniard may have to call upon Ben White to operate just in front of the back four, which could therefore see Rob Holding partner Gabriel Magalhaes in the heart of the defence.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Saka, White, Lokonga, Martinelli; Lacazette, Nketiah

As for Liverpool, Salah, Mane and Naby Keita all remain away on Africa Cup of Nations duty, while former Gunners midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ruled out after rolling his ankle against Brentford.

Thiago Alcantara (hip), Harvey Elliott (ankle) and Nat Phillips (cheekbone fracture) are also sidelined due to injury, while Divock Origi has taken part in training this week after recovering from a knee problem, but Thursday's game will come too soon for the Belgian striker.

Klopp may ponder one or two alterations to his starting lineup, with Minamino expected to return to the first XI at the expense of Oxlade-Chamberlain, joining Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota in a three-man attack.

Defenders Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez and Kostas Tsimikas are all options for the German should he decide to freshen up his back four, while either Curtis Jones or James Milner are set to get the nod in central midfield alongside Fabinho and Jordan Henderson.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Jones; Minamino, Firmino,
Prediction: Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool

Posted: at 19-01-2022 10:10 PM (4 months ago) | Hero