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Arsenal XI vs Liverpool: scheduled roster, team news confirmed, injury and latest Covid for the Carabao Cup today

Granit Xhaka is also in doubt after testing positive for Covid-19 last week and his absence would leave Mikel Arteta with a midfield selection headache.

If Xhaka is absent, the Spaniard could look to play a midfield trio consisting of Albert Sambi Lokonga, Martin Odegaard and Smith Rowe.

Lokonga is currently Arsenal’s only fit senior central midfielder and he is unlikely to debut 18-year-old Charlie Patino at Anfield.

Arteta has a debate to resolve on who starts in goal, with Aaron Ramsdale and Bernd Leno vying to play.

Arsenal XI expected (4-3-3): Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Smith Rowe, Lokonga, Odegaard; Saka, Lacazette, Martinelli.

Dated: Thursday January 13, 2022, 7.45 p.m. GMT, Sky Sports

Arsenal squad of: Leno, Ramsdale, Okonkwo; Cédric, Chambers, Gabriel, Holding, Kolasinac, Mari, Tavares, Tierney, Tomiyasu, White; Lokonga, Odegaard, Saka, Smith Rowe, Xhaka; Balogun, Lacazette, Martinelli, Nketiah.

Doubts: Smith Rowe (groin), Tomiyasu (calf), Xhaka (Covid-19)

Unavailable: Aubameyang (CAN), Elneny (CAN), Partey (CAN), Pepe (CAN)


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