Arteta could be forced to tinker with his Arsenal squad

Ahead of their biggest game of the season so far, Arsenal have a potential midfield injury crisis.

The Gunners had a weekend to forget coming out of the FA Cup with a loss to the Nottingham Forest Championship.

And they’ll want to react in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Liverpool on Thursday, live on talkSPORT.

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Playing against Forest was tough enough, but Liverpool away will be a whole new test for Arsenal

However, they look rather naked in the middle of the park with just TWO midfielders, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Martin Odegaard, available for the Anfield clash as it stands.

Mikel Arteta is deprived of Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny, who respectively participate in the Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana and Egypt.

Emile Smith Rowe missed the loss to Forest with a groin injury but it is hoped he will be fit enough to face Liverpool.

And it’s not clear whether Granit Xhaka’s isolation ends well in time after the Switzerland international returns a positive COVID test.

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Arteta could be forced to tinker with his Arsenal squad

The roles have certainly turned with the first leg, originally scheduled for January 6, being postponed, with Liverpool experiencing significant shortages due to a COVID outbreak at Anfield.

However, it has since emerged that many tests were false positives with only Trent Alexander-Arnold’s case proving to be genuine.

Listen to the full Liverpool vs Arsenal commentary live on talkSPORT, kick off at 7.45pm

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