Arsenal face Liverpool in the FA Cup third round on Sunday 7th January with kick-off at the Emirates Stadium at 16:30. Mikel Arteta’s side are looking to bounce back from two defeats in a row in the Premier League at the end of 2023.
It’s the second time out of three the two teams will face each other in just over a month. The previous result was a 1-1 draw at Anfield just before Christmas, with the next game coming also at the Emirates Stadium, back in the Premier League on Sunday 4th February.
The FA Cup remains the only trophy Mikel Arteta has won as Arsenal manager, other than the Community Shield, and there’s no doubt he’ll be looking for another cup run this season with the hope of turning his sides’ fortunes around. However Arsenal will have to beat Liverpool without two key players.
There was hope Takehiro Tomiyasu would be available for the fixture before joining up with the Japan national team to play in the Asian Cup. However it’s now been confirmed that will not be the case. The defender will join up with his country on Friday, meaning he will miss the FA Cup clash at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.
Mohamed Elneny will also not be available for Mikel Arteta, although the Egyptian likely wouldn’t have started anyway. Egypt have a friendly match scheduled on Sunday against Tanzania which Elneny is expected to be involved in, meaning he will also be away with his country.
Arsenal are still waiting anxiously over the news on Oleksandr Zinchenko’s calf injury. The Ukrainian has undergone a scan to determine the extent of the injury. If the left-back is ruled, it’s likely we will see Jakub Kiwior start in defence again, as we saw at Craven Cottage last week.
The good news for Arsenal is Liverpool will be without their main man, Mohamed Salah as he will also be away with the Egyptian national team, alongside Mohamed Elneny. Jurgen Klopp will also be without Wataru Endo who will join up with the Japanese national team on Friday, just like Tomiyasu.