4 key passes, 100% of duels: Trent Alexander-Arnold thrived v Arsenal

Trent Alexander-Arnold had a point to prove against Arsenal on Saturday. The Liverpool star certainly made that point in the Reds’ 3-0 win.

We’re still not sure how Trent Alexander-Arnold wasn’t in the England squad over the international break. It kind of blows our minds.

He’s not only the best English right-back but almost certainly the best right-back on the planet. Alexander-Arnold has the trophies, the individual awards and the records to back that up.

Yet, Gareth Southgate didn’t pick him. There’s also talk he may not pick him to go to the Euros.

Alexander-Arnold had a point to make against Arsenal, then. He had to offer a reminder of just how good he is – and he certainly did just that.

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Alexander-Arnold’s highlight-moment was undoubtedly his assist for the opener. He found Diogo Jota with a fantastic cross – all Jota had to do was head it into the net.

But the Scouser’s display was far more than that. In total, he created four chances – no one else on the pitch managed more than two.

Arsenal, as a team, only managed two, in fact.

What about defensively, though? Seeing as that’s apparently his big problem.

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Well, Alexander-Arnold won 100 per cent of his duels against Arsenal. He went up for one header and won it. He attempted two tackles and won them both.

The Gunners also didn’t get past him once, while the 22-year-old made three interceptions – the most by a Liverpool player. To top if off, Alexander-Arnold also didn’t commit any fouls.

You could not have asked for more. Alexander-Arnold was perfect in defence and the most creative player on the pitch. In other words, this was him back to his best.

More like this and it will be impossible to deny his quality. But then, it already should be.

All stats per Whoscored.

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