Arsenal dealt early defensive injury blow during Liverpool clash

Arsenal dealt early defensive injury blow during Liverpool clash


The personnel woes facing Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta have continued to mount on Thursday evening.

Anfield showdown

The Gunners are of course currently locked in action, at Anfield.

After being ousted from the FA Cup in embarrassing fashion at the hands of Nottingham Forest at the weekend, Arteta’s troops travelled to Merseyside, hoping for better luck in the first-leg of a Carabao Cup semi-final showdown with Liverpool.

Arsenal headed into proceedings aware that a triumph (over two legs) would set up a finale showdown with capital rivals Chelsea, who made short work of Antonio Conte’s Tottenham on Wednesday to book their own spot at Wembley.

Early in the action on Thursday evening, the scoreline remains goalless, albeit with hosts Liverpool looking much the more threatening of the two sides.

Cedric limps off

And, as alluded to above, adding to Arsenal’s woes during the opening exchanges at Anfield has been an altogether untimely blow on the personnel front.

With the likes of Takehiro Tomiyasu, Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe, Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe already unavailable for selection, yet another fresh face was added to the list of walking wounded at the Emirates.

The player in question? Cedric Soares.

Inside ten minutes, Portuguese stopper Cedric, handed a rare start this evening in the absence of the aforementioned Tomiyasu, went to ground with what appeared to be a hip issue.

In turn, after being tended to by Arsenal’s medical team, it was eventually decided that the former Southampton man was in no condition to continue, with Calum Chambers swiftly introduced in his place.


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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 21 40 53
2 Chelsea FC 21 29 43
3 Liverpool FC 20 34 42
4 West Ham United 21 12 37
5 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 19 3 31
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 0 28
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 0 27
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Southampton FC 20 -6 24
12 Crystal Palace 20 -1 23
13 Brentford FC 20 -6 23
14 Aston Villa 19 -5 22
15 Everton FC 18 -9 19
16 Leeds United 19 -16 19
17 Watford FC 18 -14 13
18 Burnley FC 17 -11 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 20 -36 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 6

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