Arsenal hit by further absence ahead of weekend clash with Liverpool

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"I have had a good rest and watched football a lot".

O'Connor, who joined Blackpool on a season-long loan in the summer, made a rare start for the club having failed to nail down a starting spot in the centre of defence for the League One side on a regular basis.

Hamstring injuries are now keeping Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac out, although the pair could provide a welcome boost for the midweek cup clash.

Last season's runners-up Arsenal triumphed 2-1 the last time they faced Spurs in the EFL Cup back in 2015, Mathieu Flamini settling matters with a brace.

As such, the cross-competition suspension rule still applies to Guendozi and he'll miss the next Arsenal game.

Midfielder Granit Xhaka has filled in at the position in recent games, a match-up that would seem to give the upper hand to Salah on paper.

Carl Jenkinson was used in the role against Blackpool, a first appearance of the season for the 26-year-old.

Travelling to the Emirates Stadium for a Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal tonight, however severe the changes to Unai Emery's side, Blackpool knew they were in for a tough night.

Arsenal went galloping into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup by sweeping Blackpool aside in the last-16 at the Emirates. Here are the player ratings from the 2-1 win.

The defender has been an important part of Arsenal's squad this season, delivering four assists in 10 Premier League contests.

It's also Emery's birthday on November 3, the day of the match; Klopp and the Reds will be hoping they'll be the ones celebrating at full-time, though.

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