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After grabbing a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Anfield despite going down to 10 players in the first half last week, Arsenal will feel confident of advancing past Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tie on Thursday evening.
Mikel Arteta could be missing up to nine players due to injuries and Africa Cup of Nations duty, just a few days after the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur was postponed due to Arsenal’s numerous absences.
Bukayo Saka should be fit despite fatigue issues, while Emile Smith Rowe, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers are doubtful with injuries, while Granit Xhaka is suspended following his dismissal in the first leg last week.
Martin Odegaard could return to action after having recovered from COVID-19, while Nicolas Pepe, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are away at AFCON. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, meanwhile, was forced to return to England due to heart issues after contracting COVID-19.
As for Liverpool, the good news is that talented youngster Harvey Elliott has recovered from a long-term injury. The prodigious midfielder will miss the game due to lack of match fitness, while Thiago Alcantara, Nat Phillips and Divock Origi will all be sidelined with injuries.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita are still away at AFCON, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is an injury doubt after picking up a knock in the Premier League game against Brentford on Sunday.