Arsenal are, at last, in Carabao Cup semi-final action as they face the daunting task of travelling to Anfield to take on Liverpool in the first leg on Thursday. Here is the match preview.
By this point Arsenal were supposed to be making the trip to Merseyside with a 3-0 win in the bag and a place in the final of this competition closed to wrapped up. Well, not exactly.
Set to face a heavily depleted Reds outfit in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium, Liverpool had an appeal successfully lodged to see the game postponed. That tie is now the second leg of his semi-final.
But there has been a bit of controversy about it. Jurgen Klopp stated that the ‘severe Covid outbreak’ that caused the game to be moved was in fact the result of a series of ‘false positive’ test results. Only Trent Alexander-Arnold had actually contracted the virus.
Liverpool vs Arsenal Carabao Cup preview: Semi-final first leg at Anfield after Jurgen Klopp’s side have fixture rearranged after false positive Covid tests
The chances of a single false positive lateral flow test are extremely low. It ranges from 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 2,000. Liverpool had multiple. It does not add up. At all.
Anyway, on to the game at hand and Arsenal need to find a response after the abysmal showing they put in against Nottingham Forest. The team contrived to go from the highs of the performance against Man City to the despairing lows of whatever you want to call that FA Cup defeat.
Despite all the positivity, Arsenal have lost both of their matches in 2022.
Having to make do with a skeleton coaching staff against City, Mikel Arteta will have to now navigate his way around a squad down to its bare bones.
There are some crucial days ahead as the manager waits on injury updates to two players and Covid tests for others, in what could be another disheartening evening at Anfield. At least there will be no Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane this time around.
But, brushing the FA Cup debacle to one side, all will be forgotten depending on what Arsenal do over the next three matches, starting with Thursday.
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