10-man Arsenal frustrates Liverpool to a goalless draw.
10-man Arsenal frustrates Liverpool to a goalless draw after Xhaka was sent off on Thursday evening in the first half.
Since his first season at Arsenal in 2016-17, no Premier League player has been sent off more than Granit Xhaka (5).
Xhaka was sent off after a dangerous tackle on Diogo Jota in the opening minutes of the first half.
When Diogo Jota attempted to cut out Andrew Robertson’s pass, Granit Xhaka smashed into him with a high challenge on the edge of his penalty area. The Swiss midfielder was sent off after just 24 minutes.
After Trent Alexander-free-kick, the visitors produced an impressive defensive display to earn a goalless draw at the Emirates.
The Gunners had the first opportunity to take the lead in the contest after 71 minutes, but Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka mishandled the ball, allowing Alisson to save the close-range effort.
Takumi Minamino missed the target with Liverpool’s best match opportunity in the closing stages.
Both teams were without key players due to the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, but Liverpool’s struggles against Arsenal were exacerbated by the absence of top scorer Mohamed Salah and fellow forward Sadio Mane.
It will take place at Emirates Stadium at 19:45 GMT for the second leg next Thursday.
After beating Tottenham 3-0 on aggregate on Wednesday, the winner will face Chelsea in the final at Wembley at the end of February.