Can Arsenal gun down a weakened Liverpool?

Can Arsenal gun down a weakened Liverpool?

Liverpool travel to a wary Arsenal as they clash in the first-leg of the EFL Cup semi-finals, just a day after Chelsea play Tottenham.

The last time they met back in November, the result was a clear and resounding victory for Liverpool, as they ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐Ÿฐ-๐Ÿฌ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—”๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฑ. This time, however, both teams go into this game under very different circumstances.

With a decent streak of performances despite a narrow 2-1 loss to Manchester City, Arsenal will look to prevent a repeat of their last match against The Kop. Calum Chambers and Sead Kolasinac are to miss the cup tie due to infection and an ankle injury respectively, while the AFCON sees Aubameyang, Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe and Mohamed Elneny departing to link up with their national squads.ย 

๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐Ÿฏ ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€, losing to Leicester and being held to draws by Chelsea and Tottenham respectively. With a lengthy list of players to miss this match, including Alisson, Firmino, Joel Matip due to infections, Thiago Alcantara, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Phillips, and Harvey Elliott due to injuries, and Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah due to the AFCON cup.

In their 5 previous meetings, ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ, winning 3 and losing 2. However, recent form paints a slightly different picture, with Arsenal arguably having better games and being more consistent. After considering the players available to play, Arsenal does come out on top.

Our verdict is a ๐Ÿฎ-๐Ÿญ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น. While Liverpool are still a well-oiled machine in the absence of many of their key players, Arsenal will be able to field a stronger squad and have form on their side.