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Ian Wright says Villa could not handle Liverpool Alexander Arnold

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The Arsenal legend Ian Wright suggests that Aston Villa could not handle a £180k a week Liverpool Trent Alexander Arnold. Ian Wright praised Trent Alexander-Arnold for ‘pulling strings’ during Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday at Anfield. He also said that Villa were giving Arnold too much time on the ball.

Trent registered an assist during the opening minutes of the game from a corner leading to the maiden Premier League goal for Dominik Szoboszlai. Moreover, his outstanding ball over the top of Villa’s defence found Mohamed Salah, who fed Darwin Nunez. His shot forced Matty Cash to put the ball into his own net.

Wright thinks that Aston Villa were not closing down players like Trent Alexander enough. Hence, the outcome was a 3-0 defeat. The way Liverpool won at St. James Park, there was only one outcome of the match, irrespective of Villa scoring for fun.

Well, he did pull strings,” said Wright. “When you look at this situation, it’s the kind of situation I am sure Liverpool would have seen, looking at Villa and looking at their high line and what they are going to do.”

“You would have loved to have seen Darwin Nunez score that one, but look at that space. If you are Unai Emery, you are saying ‘if this situation happens, then get closer to him because the line we are going to have is high’.

“You could see the three Liverpool players, they are all ready in their blocks ready to go and, before you know it, Trent Alexander-Arnold having that much time, it’s space for players to run into.”

Trent Alexander Arnold displays all round performance

From a defensive point of view, Arnold was outstanding for Liverpool, as well as his attacking ability. One can never question about his attacking sense and progressive gameplay.

But he was on point against a free-scoring Villa side who, for only the third time under Emery, failed to score in the Premier League.

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