Some Arsenal fans on Twitter have reacted positively after the club were drawn alongside Liverpool for the double-legged Carabao Cup semi-final.
The Gunners reached the last four of the cup competition with a convincing 5-1 win over Sunderland. Eddie Nketiah starred with his maiden hat-trick.
They are now scheduled to face the Reds. The first leg will be played at the Emirates Stadium on either January 4 or 5 before the reverse leg one week later.
For both of those ties, the Reds could be missing their key attacking players in Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah due to African Cup of Nations commitments.
This should boost the Gunners’ prospects of reaching the first League Cup final since 2018. Some of the club’s faithful are satisfied with how the draw went.
The Gunners have a difficult schedule before the first leg with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City to face. However, the Reds have a similar situation with games against Leicester City and Chelsea.
Both clubs are likely to rotate their players around for their opening leg. This could provide a boost for the Gunners as Jurgen Klopp has not taken the competition seriously and may field some academy players.
Of course, the Merseyside outfit can’t be underestimated with any line-up. The Gunners lost in a penalty shoot-out two years ago. The Reds came from behind in normal time to register a stunning 5-5 draw.
The absence of Salah, Mane and Naby Keita will be a big blow for the Reds. The Gunners will also miss Thomas Partey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Mohamed Elneny due to AFCON.
However, Aubameyang, Pepe and Elneny are not regular starters as of now. The north London giants have been handed a good chance of making the final. It remains to be seen whether they can capitalise.
They will face either Tottenham Hotspur or Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on February 27 if they beat the Reds.