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(4) Things Arsenal must Do To Defeat Liverpool in the carabao cup semi-final return leg on Wednesday

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Arsenal vs Liverpool – Carabao Cup Semi-final Return Leg

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta would be hoping to get some of his squad ready for the Carabao Cup Semi-final Return Leg against Liverpool later this week after the North London derby was called off due largely to such lack of first-team players.

After just a 0-0 draw in the first leg of such Carabao Cup semi-final, this really is essentially a one-off contest at the Emirates, with Arsenal enjoying home advantage.

Both teams will be short-handed, not just due to the virus and injuries, but also due to players participating in the African Cup of Nations. Nonetheless, it is expected to be a closely contested encounter decided by the tiniest of margins.

Lets take a look at what Arsenal needs to do to beat Liverpool At Emirate Stadium.

#1. Control The Midfield

Workhorses likes James Milner, Fabinho, and Jordan Henderson make up Liverpool’s midfield, and their role is to rush and close down space. They aren’t very good at creating opportunities, though (as we saw in the first leg).

As a result, the task will be to pick them off in the centre of the field. Chelsea did a terrific job of it against Liverpool in a 2-2 tie earlier this month. When the Liverpool trio don’t have time with the ball, they panic, therefore Albert Sambi Lokonga and the rest of the defense will have to be on their toes all night.

#2. Silence Diogo Jota down the left
Diogo Jota

The Reds’ attacking options are limited without Salah and Mane. There is a dearth of pace, also with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain now injured against Brentford, Jota will be the only frontline player capable of causing issues in behind.

If Takekhiro Tomiyasu is ready and available, the Japanese international is the best possible player for shutting the Portuguese forward out of the match, limiting the away team’s counter-attacking threat.

#3. Target The Left side in Attack

Carabao Cup Semi-final Return Leg

Carabao Cup Semi-final first leg at Anfield

Trent Alexander-Arnold isn’t playing well right now. He struggled to make a real impact going forward in the first leg, and his obvious defensive flaws can be exploited.

Gabriel Martinelli and Kieran Tierney, if fresh, could have a feast day on the left flank, particularly in transitions if Alexander-Arnold is exposed high up the pitch.

#4. Take Good Advantage Of The High Line Against Liverpool

Liverpool has only lost two epl matches this season, but they also have drawn six, and their defensive woes are a significant reason why they are so much behind Man City.

Although when they won the league, their offside trap hasn’t been flawless this season, and with attackers like Bukayo Saka and Martinelli, their high line is prone to pace and crosses in behind.

Carabao Cup Semi-final Return Leg

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