Arsenal will make the trip to Anfield today to take on Liverpool in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final, but do so with a number of players missing.
We were initially supposed to kick off this tie at the Emirates last week, only for a number of false positives to have delayed the fixture, and both sides are still expected to have players missing for tonight’s tie.
Latest reports have ruled out Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu from today’s encounter, leaving us a conundrum if we are to stick with the successful system used in recent weeks, which we now doubt. We of course remain without Mo Elneny, Thomas Partey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who are at the AFCON currently.
No Tomiyasu as well, although I believe Xhaka could be back involved.https://t.co/nfeCzt02Jn
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) January 13, 2022
Predicted Arsenal XI:
Cedric White Gabriel Tierney
Martinelli Lokonga Xhaka Saka
I’m not sure whether Laca will play in the Odegaard role, or alongside Nketiah in this line-up, but I think this would be the best team to go out in search of a win. Saying that, we don’t necessarily need to win here with the return leg at the Emirates next week, and I wouldn’t blame Mikel Arteta for throwing an extra defender into the mix to shore things up.
We also have the likes of Charlie Patino as an option to pack out the midfield, but his disappointment against Nottingham Forest leaves me to believe he won’t be starting today, although there is also Omari Hutchinson who could fill the Odegaard role perfectly if deemed ready for to debut in such a huge game.
How do you think we should line up? Should we pack out the midfield or defence or just play our best players and try and give them a game today?
White. Holding gabby
Saka. Lacca. Martinelle
I love this line up.
It won’t expose the absence of ESR and Odegard.
That system is 3 – 4- 3
Chambers holding Gaby tavares
Saka martinelli nketiah
We are short but its an opportunity for MA to get creative .
White Holding gabby
Chambers Lokonga Xhaka Tavares
No idea if Chambers is alive or living on an island with Tupac but we could use him tonight. Pretty sure he’s been ousted for some reason, can’t think of a logical reason why Cedric would be in front of him in choice….anyway!
To be honest I don’t see us beating Liverpool over the 2 legs, especially with the current available players so i’d rather keep as many fresh as possible for the NLD. I know it’s one game but if we lose to the Spuds I can see that ending out top 4 challenge.
Holding Gabriel Tierney
Chambers White Xhaka Tavares
This is so thoughtful of you@PJ-SA.I for a day Arteta could reason like you more aspecialy when we are in a crisis like now.
Unfortunately we have an average footballer as a below average manager for the Arsenal.What a pity.
@PJ-SA I like your line-up. Leaving Leno out is not a punishment. But Ramsdale has to come into the line-up. There has to be some leadership in that defensive third, and Ramsdale will them confidence and peace of mind back there. I’ll stick my left nut on the table and predict a 1-1 draw. Not overly confident. Will be a tough match. Anfield has never been a good stomping ground of late
what ever happens do not play Leno.
We will have 500 back passes and no shot on goal.
Our defenders will lead in number of touches surpassing even Liverpool midfielders.
I think Tavares can play as a winger and Tierney as a full back, Have Saka as a pivot and drop Sambi on the bench
So not playing Leno will cure all our ills then?
My line up? A wing and a prayer!!!!!
Nketiah is a no please
saka- lacazette- martinelli
If Odegaard or ESR is not available for no. 10 role, yes pls switch to 4-3-3 and pack the midfield. Need to play all our best available players. Need to bounce back from 2 consecutive defeats.
Martinelli Laca Saka
Xhaka Sambi Cedric
Tierney Gabriel Holding White
Think this will be quite balanced. Can try Cedric Soares as RM.
Ramsdale has to play.
Yes @Declan,, it’s a no brainer. Ramsdale has to feature in this match. Looks like Alisson is playing in for Liverpool. It’s nothing against Leno. But if Leno does play, I hope he plays well
I think we will lose and probably by at least two goals, possibly more. We have not the squad depth to be without key players and do well. Forest showed that!