Arsenal beat Liverpool’s lame wing morale after new blackout on Xhaka

Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 10:38 pm• Jeroen van Poppel • Last update: 22:50

The first EFL Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Arsenal ended goalless on Thursday: 0-0. The visitors from London had to play almost the entire match with ten men because of Granit Xhaka’s rude red card and they held their ground with remarkable ease. Remarkably, Liverpool were not able to fire a single shot (!) on target throughout the match. The return match will be held at the Emirates Stadium on January 20.

And the two teams will have to deal with the African Cup pioneers this month, the victim of Liverpool, with its two stars, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. There was a distinct feeling of not having both ends of the wing red. Arsenal will miss Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny due to their African Cup commitments. Martin Odegaard, who was in quarantine due to Corona’s fluctuations, was also absent, so Alexandre Lacazette started in tenth place behind striker Eddie Nkeitia.

Arsenal started the match with two dangerous moments. Gabriel initially hit the ball with a lot of force in the direction of goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and was lucky that the ball passed well beyond his goal. Shortly thereafter, Ramsdale hit the ball against Jordan Henderson, but the Liverpool midfielder was ultimately unable to capitalize.

Both teams are equal and hardly given a chance. In the 24th minute, Diogo Jota threatened to flee Arsenal’s defense with a good run, after which Xhaka brazenly planted his boots at the Portuguese’s waist. His new outage sent the Arsenal midfielder into the red. Xhaka has a reputation for red editions: the Swiss was also sent off against Manchester City at the start of the season, after which Arsenal lost 5-0 without a chance.

Then Mikel Arteta brought in a fifth defender along with Rob Holding, which was planned artillery It became clear to play at 0-0. From that moment, only the 24th minute, the match lost much of its appeal to a neutral spectator. Without his charisma, Liverpool proved unable to break through Arsenal’s solid defense until the 90th minute and didn’t create literally a single chance. Arsenal came close to blowing but Bukayo Saka took a fine pass from Kieran Tierney. In the 90th minute, Liverpool suddenly had the opportunity, but Takumi Minamino did not hit the ball from inside the penalty area into the empty goal.


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