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Ten-man Arsenal hold Liverpool to stalemate in cagey Carabao Cup semi-final first leg

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Arsenal kept their hopes of reaching the Carabao Cup final alive after holding Liverpool to a goalless stalemate in a cagey semi-final first leg at Anfield, despite Granit Xhaka's early sending off.

Eddie Nketiah was sacrificed for Rob Holding as a consequence of the sending off - the fifth of Xhaka's Arsenal career - and the visitors clung on until half-time under a barrage of free-flowing Liverpool attacks in front of a noisy Kop.

Mikel Arteta will be without Xhaka in a week's time when Arsenal welcome Liverpool to the Emirates for what promises to be an absorbing second leg, with a shot at silverware against Chelsea the prize for the winner.

Arsenal displayed signs of nervousness from the off and Aaron Ramsdale was fortunate not to gift Liverpool an early lead after clearing the ball straight into the path of an onrushing Jordan Henderson.

Liverpool came close to breaking the deadlock again just moments later as Minamino's teasing low cross from the left deflected behind for a corner off Ben White, who breathed a giant sigh of relief.

Xhaka's sending off means Arteta will be without the Switzerland international for next Thursday's second leg at home to Liverpool, as well as the side's upcoming league matches versus Tottenham and Burnley.

Ten-man Arsenal dug deep to keep Liverpool at bay under a relentless wave of attacks heading into the half-time break and the north Londoners showed they were not prepared to lie down in a strong start to the second period.

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