Arsenal are preparing to face Liverpool in a Carabao Cup semi finals second leg at Emirates Stadium this Thursday. The red side of London requested for the game against Tottenham in premier league encounter last weekend to be postponed.
Due to high number of injuries, AFCON players and a suspension on Xhaka. After he picked up a red card in last midweek encounter at Anfield on Carabao first leg match.
Meanwhile Rowe is believed to be down with groin as well as Saka suffering from fatigue. While Tomiyasu is nursing a calf problem and so is Odegaard in which the Norwegian international had positive tests for the Covid-19.
Mikel has headache over Kolasinac who is under pain after picking up a hamstring injury. Cedric now on the road to recovery from a hip injury. Chambers down in much struggle to get over a knock.
Arteta is already without four players who had joined Gabon, Ivory Coast, Egypt and Ghana respectively for the AFCON duties. Including Aubameyang, Pepe and Elneny as well as Thomas Partey.
The aforementioned injured players will be subject to a final assessment tomorrow. Before Mikel can make a decision on whether to play or request for the game to be postponed.
Meanwhile if they can be asked to play even without the said injured players. Then Arteta may face tough situation in team selection. But Aaron could make a return between the sticks, Kieran, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes and Nuno take up the last line of defence.
So is Lokonga, Holding and Lacazette in the midfield of three. While on the wings Gabriel Martinelli can try occupy any of the sides and Patino takes the other as Nketiah leads the lines as the lone striker.
Unfortunately the Spaniard will have to settle for the good number of academy players on the bench to try provide cover incase of more injuries. But Leno is one of the experienced players to miss out on starting in this fixture despite being fit and wait on the bench.
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