Jota Double sends Reds to Wembley for Carabao Cup final

Arsenal was heroic in the first leg, and started brightly in the second leg, back to a full-strength 11 men and back at home.

Slowly it fell apart, as Liverpool’s tactical prowess and superior skill wrestled back the ascendency, and a brace from Arsenal thorn Diogo Jota sent the Reds to a 2-0 victory and booked a date with Chelsea at Wembley in the EFL Cup final.

The Gunners were bright early on and could have scored the opener as Alexandre Lacazette clanged the crossbar with a free-kick, but Liverpool got the opener out of nothing, and the game began to slip from Mikel Arteta’s hands.

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Liverpool mucked up the game and eventually built into the better side, and Jota bagged his second in the 77th minute to put the game well and truly out of reach. It fully fell apart for Arsenal as the game dragged on, as substitute Thomas Partey – who departed Cameroon just hours earlier – was sent off for two yellows in a span of three minutes, giving Arteta another needless selection headaches.

Updated: January 21, 2022 — 11:43 am