Arteta unsure about shuffling the pack

Liverpool v Arsenal – Carabao Cup – Anfield – Thursday, October 1 (7:45pm) – Preview

A quick turnaround sees Arsenal handed a second bite of the Anfield cherry in Thursday’s Carabao Cup fourth-round tie in the North-West.

Liverpool’s class shone through as they claimed a 3-1 Premier League success on Monday evening. However, with matches coming thick and fast, Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, was unsure whether he’d make wholesale changes ahead of the next instalment.

“Well, we will see how the boys are and how they recover,” Arteta explained.

“Obviously, today was physically a really demanding match. We will see the players that we have available and try to come here to win again.”

Despite suffering their first reverse of the campaign, Arteta continued to focus on the now and refused to be drawn on whether the squad had more belief than under his predecessor.

“I don’t know, I wasn’t here at the time, but what I can tell you is the belief I sense from the players and the disappointment they have today in the dressing room, but they have to face the reality that any team when they come here, it’s the hardest ground to come here and do that and you can see how big teams are knocked out here.

“I’m happy that we competed throughout the game and I think there are a lot of things that we can do better – and we will do better – and that’s going to help us so much in the process. I want to see my players upset and angry when they lose a game.”

Jeevesie’s prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal

(Quotes courtesy of Arsenal FC

Brian Jeeves