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Why Arsenal vs Liverpool is in doubt again after first leg stalemate

Why Arsenal vs Liverpool is in doubt again after first leg stalemate

Arsenal snatch 0-0 at Anfield

In a game where it was hard to tell whether Liverpool were poor or Arsenal defended well, a ten-man Gunners side held on for a 0-0 draw at Anfield in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.

With the game in the balance, Granit Xhaka was sent off for the denial of a clear goalscoring opportunity in the 24th minute, forcing a reshuffle in the Arsenal ranks as Eddie Nketiah was hauled off for Rob Holding.

And, in the end, they held on to ensure that the tie has effectively become a one-legged event at The Emirates Stadium this Thursday. Or will it be?

Game in doubt?

Now, according to the iPaper, the fixture could be in some doubt, as the Gunners are assessing their playing squad to see if they have the requisite number of players.

As per Sam Cunningham:

“The club remain unsure if they will have enough players available to pick a squad to face Liverpool this week. An insider has told the players are being assessed day by day and a decision will be made closer to the game.”

EFL rules state that:

“In the wake of recent EFL fixture postponements due to COVID-19 cases at Clubs, the EFL has also provided guidance on non-fulfillment of fixtures, confirming that Clubs will be expected to play where it has 14 players including a goalkeeper available from the Club’s registered squad list”

Therefore, in the same vein as the North London Derby, Arsenal could well request another postponement, although the EFL may take a harsher stance than their fellow governing body.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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Arsenal
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Alexandre Lacazette9/4 9/4 11/10
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Callum Wilson11/4 11/4 15/8
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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 36 72 89
2 Liverpool FC 36 65 86
3 Chelsea FC 36 42 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 24 68
5 Arsenal FC 36 11 66
6 Manchester United 37 1 58
7 West Ham United 36 11 55
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 36 -3 50
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 36 -4 47
10 Leicester City 35 -4 45
11 Crystal Palace 35 4 44
12 Aston Villa 35 -1 43
13 Brentford FC 36 -8 43
14 Newcastle United 36 -21 43
15 Southampton FC 36 -20 40
16 Everton FC 35 -19 36
17 Burnley FC 36 -18 34
18 Leeds United 36 -38 34
19 Watford FC 36 -38 23
20 Norwich City 36 -56 21

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 22
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 21
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 18
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 16
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 11
Maddison, James Leicester City 10
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 10
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 10