Good morning Arsenal fans
Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal’s ten-man squad “was happy” in adversity to score last night’s 0-0 draw in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final in Liverpool.
Granit Zakka’s direct red card after a difficult confrontation with goalkeeper Diogo Jota in the 24th minute sparked a brilliant defense for Arsenal.
However, it was Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka who missed the first attempt on goal from either side in the 71st minute before Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino missed a late open goal.
Arsenal president Arteta told Sky Sports: “We are enjoying this situation. The players showed great fighting, determination and brotherhood. I saw the passion, we never gave up.
“I don’t know if the red card inspired them but it required a fight.
“We played the game we had to play, which is not our game.
The extra motivation to play the derby [at Tottenham on Sunday] It brings energy when you don’t have it. “
Meanwhile, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has confirmed that Arsenal should target failed West Ham side Sebastian Haller.
And Ajax’s 27-year-old Haller would surely be much cheaper than Fiorentina’s £67m player, Dusan Vlahovic.
Finally, the Gunners’ interest in Georginio Wijnaldum was boosted by reports that the former PSG Liverpool midfielder was an Arsenal fan.