Mikel Arteta has described Arsenal’s situation ahead of the EFL Carabao Cup semi-finals as “extremely volatile” with injuries and COVID-19 and the Africa Cup of Nations impacting his squad.

The tie was postponed last week after Liverpool reported COVID-19 outbreak at the training ground in Kirkby, though the majority of those have proved to be false positive.

Liverpool sealed a 4-1 win over Shrewsbury in the FA Cup since then, and prepared for the rearranged first leg semi-final clash at Anfield with almost first-team squad back and fit.

However, for Arsenal, the visit to the Anfield on Thursday comes with uncertainity as Arteta is worried due to COVID-19 and injuries in the Gunners camp.

The Emirates outfit will not have Granit Xhaka, after returning positive last week, while talisman Emile Smith Rowe and right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu missing due to fitness issues.

Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are at the Africa Cup of Nations and the club have sent Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Folarin Balogun on loans each.

Mikel Arteta to reporters on Wednesday: “In the last week or so we lost many players for many different reasons and we are trying to adapt to that.

“I will use the players that we have and make the most out of it.”

“You can never guarantee anything because you know things can change dramatically in 10 seconds when the doctor comes to the door and gives you the news, and we have experienced that already twice this season,” he added.

Meanwhile, at Anfield, the Reds expect to welcome back right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold from injury and the England international trained with the team yesterday.

Divock Origi and Thiago Alcantara are injured and are not included in the team to face Arsenal on Thursday night.

The Reds will also might miss the services of Andy Robertson, who got a knock vs Shrewsbury as well as Harvey Elliot who is not fit vs Arsenal.

All other players, besides the AFCON players and Nat Philips, who is still working back from fractured cheekbone, will be available to face Arsenal, after turning negative for COVID-19.