Morning Arsenal fans
Mikel Arteta’s reckons ten-man Arsenal ‘revelled’ in adversity to earn last night’s stirring 0-0 CarabaoCup semi-final first-leg draw at Liverpool.
Granit Zhaka’s straight red card for a crude challenge on goal-bound Diogo Jota after 24 minutes sparked brilliant Gunners’ defending.
Yet it was Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka who wasted the first effort on target from either side in the 71st minute, before Liverpool’sTakumi Minamino missed a late open goal.
Arsenal chief Arteta told Sky Sports:Werevelagainst the situation. The players showed great fight, determination,brotherhood. You saw the emotion, we never gave up.
I dont know if the red card inspired them but it took the fight.
We played the game we had to play, which is not our game.
The extra motivation to play a derby [at Tottenham on Sunday] brings the energy when you dont have it.”
Meanwhile, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinandclaims Arsenal should target West Ham flop Sebastien Haller.
And Ajax striker Haller, 27, would certainly be far cheaper than 67million-rated Fiorentina ace Dusan Vlahovic.
Lastly, the Gunners’ interest in Georginio Wijnaldum has been boosted by reports PSG’s ex-Liverpool midfielder was anArsenal fan.