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Arteta salutes Arsenal’s ‘brotherhood’ after surviving SIXTY-SIX minutes with ten men after Xhaka red in Liverpool draw

MIKEL ARTETA greeted the Arsenal brothers as his ten-man side beat Anfield in their Carabao Cup semi-final.

First half of Granite Xhaka Red card for a foul on Diogo Jota caused the Gunners to have to play with a man in low morale for 66 minutes.

Mikel Arteta salutes the Arsenal brothers as his ten-man team retreats from Anfield

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Mikel Arteta salutes the Arsenal brothers as his ten-man team retreats from AnfieldCredit: Getty

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But they still restricted Liverpool to just one shot on target all night to leave The return leg next Thursday on a knife stroke.

Arteta said: “The players reveled in the situation and showed great fighting, determination, attitude and brotherhood.

“You can see the emotion they played with and they never gave up. To survive here for so long with ten people was extremely difficult against this opponent.

“I told them before the game that you need to have a certain attitude to play here because in difficult times you have to act, not react because then it gets really complicated. .

“We played the game we had to play, it wasn’t our game but we didn’t have any midfielders on the team so whatever we did wasn’t natural.

“We played with a midfield three of Martinelli, Lonkonga and Saka and they had never played in that formation in their lives.

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“But it doesn’t matter about the squad. Tonight it’s all about the attitude of the players and the quality of their decision making. ”

Man of the match Ben White admitted: “It’s not ideal to get a red card so early but Granite is looking at the ball and he doesn’t know where the man is.

“It’s hard to come here with 11 but there are so many fights in this team and we showed it tonight. We dug deep and got the results we needed.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims the absence of star strikers Mo Salah and Sadio Mane as well as several players returning from false positive Covid tests that affected his team.

He said: “It’s strange because even without symptoms, the boys that come back aren’t all the same.

“It’s not an explanation but we have to look at that.

“I would rather score a goal than they get a red card because then we have to change the system to be more creative and we can’t do that because we are used to some moves that we don’t have. right away.

The players reveled in the situation and displayed great fighting, determination, attitude and brotherhood.

Mikel Arteta

“But that doesn’t mean we can’t solve this problem and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

“This draw was only at half-time and I can’t remember a time in my life being held to a 0-0 draw and thinking we had no chance.”

Now Arsenal are tired of preparing for Sunday’s crucial North London derby and Arteta admits he is struggling to name a team after Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers were added to their long injury list. he.

When asked if the game could be paused, he said: “I don’t know. It’s a possibility in every game because of the amount of problems people have on a weekly basis.

“But we always prepare for games thinking we’re going to play and if something happens along the way, that’s it.”

Ben White named man of the match at Anfield

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Ben White named man of the match at AnfieldCredit: EPA

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