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Liverpool will meet Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final as the Reds got the better of Arsenal, winning 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

A Diogo Jota brace was what separated the two sides in the tie after playing a goalless first leg draw at Anfield.

No Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, no problem for Liverpool. Jota is there to score Liverpool’s goals

Sports News | Thomas Partey makes quick return from Africa Cup of Nations but is sent off as Diogo Jota double sees Liverpool beat Arsenal in Carabao Cup

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Liverpool are one win away from a ninth League Cup title

It was a particularly forgetful night for Thomas Partey, who returned to London at midday on Thursday from the Africa Cup of Nations, as he was sent off for a rash challenge on Fabinho late in the game shortly after he entered the pitch.

But Arsenal may have few complaints about the result with a much improved Liverpool outperforming them on their home turf.

Liverpool will meet Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday February 27.

Sports News | Thomas Partey makes quick return from Africa Cup of Nations but is sent off as Diogo Jota double sees Liverpool beat Arsenal in Carabao Cup

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Out of AFCON and sent off after just 16 minutes on the pitch – a bad week for Partey

It was definitely an advantage for Arsenal as they got a creditable draw on Merseyside and they started as a team confident they could get the job done – they created the first clear chance when Alexander’s first free-kick Lacazette hit the crossbar.

But it was Liverpool who took the lead somewhat against the run of play as Jota’s effort slipped into the net. The Portuguese collected the ball on the left, passed Takehiro Tomiyasu before his scuffed effort fell off Aaron Ramsdale and infiltrated.

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Jota’s opener had a touch of fortune on this, but he doesn’t care

Liverpool began to take control of the proceedings as they took the lead at half-time.

The Gunners started the second half with determination and had a great chance to equalize when Lacazette was played by Albert Sambi Lokonga but the Frenchman fired.

Reds youngster Kaide Gordon also fired from close range after good work down the left from Jota, while Ibrahima Konate headed the ball past the post from a corner just before the hour mark. Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher did well to prevent a cheeky effort near the post from Gabriel Martinelli.

Jota found the net in the 78th minute as he brilliantly controlled Trent Alexander-Arnold’s search ball and passed Ramsdale but was quickly ruled offside.

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It looked like this Jota strike wasn’t going to hold

Sports News | Thomas Partey makes quick return from Africa Cup of Nations but is sent off as Diogo Jota double sees Liverpool beat Arsenal in Carabao Cup

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But he and his Liverpool team-mates were able to celebrate after VAR intervened

However, the incident went to VAR and Arsenal defender Gabriel was ruled to play the Liverpool man, with the goal sealing their place at Wembley.

Arsenal’s desperation to get back in the tie showed when stoppage time began with Partey making an early AFCON return after Ghana’s early exit was dismissed for a bad foul on Fabinho and a challenge earlier on Neco Williams.

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Not for Arteta’s Arsenal, who are no longer in contention for silverware this season

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