The picture is complicated for Arsenal, during the semi-final first leg against Liverpool, for the Carabao Cup. Around 23 minutes, Mikel’s team was left with one man less, due to the expulsion of Granit Xhaka, who was looking to end the rival’s counterattack and committed a hard foul against Diogo Jota.
Everything happened in a surprising way, since the ‘Gunners’ established a high pressure in the rival field, after a set piece situation that was not taken advantage of. Despite the few spaces, those led by Jürgen Klopp came out with great intelligence and patience, thanks to a series of short touches.
Precisely, Diogo Jota cleared up the scene with a pass to Roberto Firmino, who immediately extended possession down the left, an area in which Andrew Robertson appeared at full speed. The winger made a targeted control, raised his head, spotted the projection of his Portuguese teammate, who had started the play, and enabled him with a long delivery.
Arsenal’s defensive line was at a disadvantage and everyone desperately tried to come back, trying to protect goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. To Mikel Arteta’s regret, Granit Xhaka was outpaced and, as a last resort, the Swiss midfielder decided to raise his left leg to clear the ball.
However, Diogo Jota had anticipated and ended up getting hit in the chest. The two athletes were left lying on the grass, but there was no doubt for referee Michael Oliver: Xhaka deserved to be sent off. In this way, Liverpool, playing at Anfield, can take advantage of the numerical advantage to reach victory.
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