Arsenal take on Liverpool at Anfield tonight for the second time in a week. This time, it’s the Carabao Cup 4th round.

Here are the official line-ups.

Liverpool: Adrian, N Williams, R Williams, Van Dijk, Milner, Grujic, Jones, Wilson, Minamino, Jota, Salah

Subs: Kelleher, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Gomez, Robertson, Origi, Elliott

Arsenal: Leno, Cedric, Holding, Gabriel, Kolasinac, Ceballos, Willock, Xhaka, Pepe, Nketiah, Saka

Subs: Runarsson, David Luiz, Tierney, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Lacazette

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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mrugunner

#freesaliba

Johnny 4 Hats

Shit, is this four at the back?

Futsboller

Finally, a back four!!! I imagine Xhaka might take on that role of playing very deep, to cover and allow Willock/Ceballos more freedom to push forward.

Klopp is taking the game seriously enough to start Salah and that forward three (Jota, Minamino) are going to be hard to contain, hence, I think, why Leno is in net.

Johnny 4 Hats

I think perhaps Arteta has learnt that playing Kola in a back three is about as useful defensively as having an extra central midfielder…

PeteyB

That was my initial thought…. but it could be Saka left wingback. Kola left of 3.

Johnny 4 Hats

Wouldn’t that make it a 352 though? It think the formation will be malleable but I don’t know about two up top. But who knows with Arteta!

Riku

Agree Wenger would have started him ..that’s the point of this cup

goongot

Can we loan out saliba again?

goongot

guy missed french final for not even sitting on bench in carbao !

Artitty

Nah, if he needs more time to integrate that’s fine by me. No rush with him, we’ve got defenders for now too

Mouise

He was still expensive and hailed as the saviour…

Timorous Me

It’s just a master plan to lower fans’ expectations to appropriate levels. Once Arteta decides we’re happy to just see him play without any savior hopes, then he gets his chance.

Or something along those lines. I’m in the U.S. and our government sells us a new conspiracy theory every day, so I’m sort of conditioned by this point. The tin foil hats Trump sent to us get a little uncomfortable at times, though.

Artitty

Leno? Odd.

Artitty

Just realized it’s four at the back, that’s a bit concerning if the thought process is we might need our best keeper yikes

Jack

That’s a 433 if I’ve ever seen one! Finally mixing it up

goonerrah

Kola???????? ………….. why.

BaichungBhutia

Is he the only replacement for Tierney? Still hoping we would sell him for 11M.

Mayor McCheese

Carabao Cup is why.

Arsene Baggins

We are trying to sell him.

Jacques

Three midfielders at last! We are going to have 35% possession instead of 25! 🙂

Van basten

Hehehe

Rochester

4 in the back and Saka in the front three or Willock part of a front three with Saka and Cedric as wingbacks?

Highbury

Probably a bit of both depending on the phase of play I’m thinking.

Guns

So is Leno going to play every game for us this season?

Paul Roberts

The new boy has just arrived!

Arimnestos

He needs games to get back to match sharpness after a lengthy layoff.

BongoGooner

Another chance for kola to show his great (enter word) skills!!!!

COYG

goonerrah

Even if Kola had the game of his life, against Salah its a disaster.

I don’t like him. I’m not gonna pretend to support him. I was glad to hear he was moving on, now I’m annoyed

Xzibit

I think Kolasinac should have started last weekend.

emeka menser menser

Xhaka again can’t we start enlmy ahead of he?

Chidi

Is Saliba that bad?????

gus

free mesut

David C

Pretty strong team. COYG!!!!

Liverpool rotated a lot more than I thought they would, but still a strong lineup.

Biggles

I guess it’s down to whether our replacements from the PL game are better than theirs – they are going to have to be. We are having better luck in cups at present so fingers crossed we may get a result at Anfield this time. Defeat for us will be a bigger blow than for them so that may be a factor of sorts. As the actress said to the bishop, all will be revealed.

Paul Roberts

Off topic but Arsenal women playing now…BBC2 UK

Cygan’sbaldspot

I’m not interested in pretending to like it tbh

EddyF

Hate to break it to you but that’s still 3 at the back with Saka in that hybrid wingback/attacking mid role

Leno
Cedri Holding Gabriel Kolasinac Saka
Ceballos Xhaka
Pepe Nketiah Willock

Paul Roberts

Nah?

Futsboller

Yeah, you’re probably right – a shame. We need to vary our approach and this would be a good game against good opposition to try something new. Alas.

Teryima Adi

It’s a back three of Kola, Gabriel and Holding.

Cranky Colin

Haha….. I tink Mesut is finished

Sam I Am

Can we sign Jordan Nobbs for the men´s team please?

Bergkamp2Wright

Bloody love watching Saka play. Special talent that kid.

Arsene Baggins

Good chance to put some players in the shop window. Idiots on twitter complaining that kola is playing and Saliba is not. Aren’t we trying to free kola for money?

OnlyBeingHonest

Second half just starting, is it just me or has Rob Holding been brutal?

Snagger

I think it’s you but it could be me.

OnlyBeingHonest

I think it is just me he’s been good second half ??

Bergkamp2Wright

My god this is dull

Jatto Olumide

55min no short on target yet… Why gooners.

FMT

Xhaka’s inability to turn with the ball is a major handicap and it’s badly affecting our play!