Liverpool vs Arsenal: Gunners beat Reds on penalties to reach EFL Cup quarterfinals

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Gunners beat Reds on penalties to reach EFL Cup quarterfinals

- Liverpool's quest to win the EFL Cup ended after defeat to Arsenal at Anfield

- The Gunners advanced to the quarterfinals after beating the Reds 5-4 on penalties on the night

- Bernd Leno saved two stunning penalties to hand Mikel Arteta's men an opportunity to contend for the title

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Arsenal are through to the EFL Cup quarterfinal stage following their victory over Premier League champions Liverpool on Thursday, October 1.

Bernd Leno was the hero for the Gunners after making two superb saves that saw Mikel Arteta's men prevail over the Reds at the end of the meeting.

The encounter was stretched into shootouts after both EPL outfits failed to find the back of the net during the regulation period.

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Gunners beat Reds on penalties to reach EFL Cup quarterfinals
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Jubilant Gunners celebrating their EFL Cup triumph over Reds at Anfield. Getty Images
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Takumi Minamino had chances to have given the Merseyside the lead in the opening half but the 25-year-old was wasteful all the way.

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His effort from close range was denied by the woodworks as he was presented with the most glaring opportunity for the home team.

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The North Londoners also had their share of wastefulness as Eddie Nketiah was indecisive in the six yards and allowed Adrian to take possession of the ball.

Before the shootouts, Leno had stopped Virgil van Dijk from finding the back of the net in the 53rd minute of the encounter.

The Dutchman tried putting the ball beyond the goalkeeper's reach from close range but his flick went into the hands of the goaltender.

Arsenal number one was kept busy by the hosts as they made frantic efforts to break the deadlock but all turned out fruitless.

This will however be sweet revenge for the Emirates Stadium outfit following their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at the same venue a few days back.

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Latest reports have it that a deal for the 23-year-old could be sealed in a matter of days as United have only managed to sign just one player during the transfer window.

The summer window closes on October 5 and the Red Devils have only signed Donny van de Beek, but Maitland-Niles could be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s second signing for the period.

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