Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool (agg: 0-2): Diogo Jota Fires Reds Into Carabao Cup Final

Merse: ‘Arteta shouldn’t have put him on’

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Thomas Partey received two yellow cards in a short space of time which saw him get sent off shortly after coming off the bench for Arsenal.

It was a couple of days to forget for Partey. After Ghana had crashed out of AFCON, the midfielder was rushed back by Arsenal and, despite only landing back in London at 12pm on the day of the game, was named on the bench by Mikel Arteta.

Introduced in the second half by Mikel Arteta in a bid to salvage the game, Partey instead picked up two quick yellow cards, leading to an early bath. It was the third time in four games Arsenal have finished with 10 men.

Paul Merson on Sky Sports Football:

“It’s definitely fatigue. He’s been on a long flight, even if you’re in first class. They’re lazy, late tackles. I thought it was a big ask for him to come on. The game was virtually finished and sometimes you’ve got to have a bit more game management about you. There’s got to be a bit more common sense, like ‘I can’t dive in there’. He’s never getting the ball in a month of Sunday’s.

“When you’re on the pitch and the manager puts you on and you say you’re okay, you’ve got to make good decisions. Arsenal are not a physical team but they’re blowing everyone away with the red cards. I didn’t get the substitution anyway. Partey for Smith Rowe, they’re losing the game and Partey isn’t going to come on and get a brace. He shouldn’t have put him on.”Klopp delighted to reach final

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Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for Diogo Jota who scored both Liverpool’s goals in their 2-0 win against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “We’re over the moon. It’s a difficult game, a difficult time generally, we just have to get through it. We try everything we can, and what the boys did tonight against a really strong Arsenal side was really exceptional.

“We scored two wonderful goals, Jota was on fire, but the passes too. I don’t think a lot of people in the stadium saw Diogo in that position for the second goal, but Trent did which was helpful and he finished it off – absolutely outstanding.

“We were completely convinced when he arrived he’d help us massively. There’s so many things before you sign a player, nowadays you can watch 100 games, we were really confident but since he’s been here he’s made another step. He’s turned into a world-class striker, and that’s really helpful for us.”Arteta: We were beaten by a top side

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Mikel Arteta said Arsenal did not take their chances and were punished by Liverpool in the 2-0 defeat which saw yet another red card for the Gunners which concerns the Arsenal manager.

Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta: “We’re really disappointed not to be in the final – but we played against a top side. We had big moments in the first half, and the second half. When you have those, you have to score.

“The first time they went through our press with a bit of luck they scored. With one pass, they are in front of goal, and when they are there they put the game to bed.

“We had good moments, we had good situations – but we have to score in those situations. We have to score goals to go through, and we’re out.”Merson: Arsenal didn’t do enough

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Jamie Redknapp and Paul Merson felt nerves got the better of Arsenal’s youngsters in their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.

Paul Merson on Sky Sports Football:

“They’ll be disappointed. These chances don’t come along too often – semi-finals of cup competitions – and they’ll be disappointed. I don’t see too many of the player sitting in the dressing room thinking ‘I did enough tonight’.

“They didn’t live up to their potential. And this is the problem Arteta has – this is a young team and one minute they’re up there and then down there and that is the problem.

“Arsenal fans have to be patient with that. They’re bringing youngsters through and you want that, but that’s what is going to happen. You just didn’t hope it was going to be in the semi-final of a big competition. It’s a shame really.”When is the Carabao Cup final?

Liverpool will face Chelsea in the final of the Carabao Cup at Wembley on Sunday, February 27.What’s next for Arsenal and Liverpool?

Both sides are back in Premier League action on Sunday at 2pm. Arsenal host Burnley, while Liverpool travel to Crystal Palace for the first part of Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 1pm.

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