Arsenal have confirmed that Cedric Soares and Sokratis are both match fit ahead of Thursday’s Carabao Cup clash with Liverpool.
Having played at Anfield earlier this week and with one eye on Sunday’s Premier League game against Sheffield, Mikel Arteta is expected to rotate his squad but wholesale changes may be difficult given some options could be set to leave the club.
It would make sense for Alex Runarsson to make his debut in goal, you’d expect Cedric to cover for Hector Bellerin and Gabriel, left on the bench for Monday’s 3-1 defeat, could return to the backline.
It remains to be seen whether Sokratis, who has recovered from a calf problem, makes the trip. He was all set to join Napoli but that deal appears to have collapsed. If he doesn’t perhaps William Saliba might get a game with either Rob Holding or David Luiz.
The game comes too soon for Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers but the club have confirmed that all three are set to return to full training after the international break. Whether Mustafi, tipped to move to Lazio, is still at the club by that point remains to be seen.
In light of their respective links with Bayer Leverkusen, Atletico Madrid and Marseille, we don’t expect Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi to be involved. Mesut Ozil wasn’t included in the squad for the last round so there’s nothing to suggest he’ll make the trip this time.
Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson, who were left out of Monday’s squad, will likely get minutes while Dani Ceballos, Pepe, Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka are all other options if the boss doesn’t want to press regular starters Aubameyang, Lacazette and Xhaka into action.