Arsenal will host Liverpool in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semifinal match on Thursday evening with the winner booking a final spot where Chelsea awaits.
Ahead of the match, who’s available, who’s not?
The Reds will be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who picked an ankle injury during the 3-0 weekend win over Brentford.
The former Gunner will howver be avaialble for Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace, according to assistnat coach Pepijn Lijnders.
“I spoke [on Tuesday] with him and he thinks it’s not that bad,” said Pepijn Lijnders said at the pre-match press conference. “We have to assess it day by day. I would not rule out the weekend but for sure not tomorrow.”
Liverpool will also be without Thiago Alcantara and Divock Origi, while Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah remain on Africa Cup of Nations duty with their respective countries.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta failed to provide latest news on player availability during his pre-match conference.
“I can’t and I don’t want to because I don’t want to give anything away – I’m sorry!
“There are issues, those issues have to be resolved, that is why we couldn’t play the last game, but as you can understand we want to keep that internal.”
He was categorically asked about the availability of Emile Smith Rowe, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Martin Odegaard.
“They are three cases that for different reasons haven’t been able to play for us in recent weeks and we are trying to change and raise the levels of the players in the best possible way to compete [on Thursday].”
Just like Liverpool, the Gunners will be without three players; Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe, and Mohamed Elneny, who are all at the ongoing AFCON commitments.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who returned early from the tournament in Cameroon is unavailable as he struggles with health issues.
Granit Xhaka is suspended after his red card in the first leg.
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