Arsenal managed to wait and block Liverpool to draw 0-0 in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final at Anfield on Thursday night, despite spending most of the game on the ground.
Granit Xhaka also saw a red card in Mikel Arteta’s Gunners in the 24th minute, but those who remained on the pitch managed to dig and leave Merseyside with an honorable equalizer.
Despite facing 10 men in three-quarters of the game, however, Liverpool were unable to get a single straight shot despite 14 attempts, and Aaron Ramsdale would have expected a busy career at night, especially if the Reds had 78 percent. of goods.
Arsenal according to their credit played only games in the goal when Buka Saka came in behind the home side, but goalkeeper Alisson was careful and closed the angle, before saving well with his knee.
Liverpool could have a chance at the last minute for Takumi Minamino, who was unmarked, eight yards from goal, but the Japanese striker fired the ball over the bar.
But Arteta and Arsenal’s plan to frustrate their rivals has worked well, meaning they will face each other at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, January 30, all of whom will play.
The London winner will advance to the final, with a day awaited at Wembley and Chelsea after the Blues’ 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.