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Ten-man Arsenal hold firm to frustrate Liverpool

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Ten-man Arsenal displayed all the resilience and fight which was missing in their weekend FA Cup exit as a goalless draw at Liverpool saw them carry the initiative into next week's Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.

Granit Xhaka's second red card in just 13 appearances this season handed Liverpool the numerical advantage for 71 minutes of this tie but they had been well below their best before that and they struggled even more against an organised 5-3-1 formation.

Eddie Nketiah's immediate withdrawal for Rob Holding saw Arsenal switch to damage-limitation mode with a back five but it gave them renewed purpose.

The England midfielder also forced the best save of the night from Alisson Becker - remarkably making his League Cup debut after three-and-a-half-years - midway through the second half.

Arsenal, too, went strong after their defeat to Championship side Nottingham Forest on Sunday but still found themselves facing significant Liverpool dominance in the opening 25 minutes, not helped by the early loss to injury of Cedric Soares.

Referee Michael Oliver had no hesitation in showing the Switzerland midfielder his third red card in the last 18 months.

Arsenal actually performed better with a man less and Bukayo Saka's thrusting runs down the right ensured their hosts always had to be aware of his threat.
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