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Unsung Hero: Arsenal’s Joe Willock goes under the radar with performance in Standard Liege draw

Unsung Hero: Arsenal’s Joe Willock goes under the radar with performance in Standard Liege draw - Arsenal

Arsenal rescued a draw after going 2-0 down away to Standard Liege in their final group game of the Europa League campaign with one player going under the radar.

Standard Liege took the lead just after half-time when a shot by Samuel Bastien was deflected in by Sokratis (via BBC).

The Belgian side then took a two-goal lead after Selim Amallah’s strike on goal was once again deflected in, this time by Sokratis’ countryman Konstantinos Mavropanos.

However, Bukayo Saka came to the rescue, first whipping in a superb cross for Alexandre Lacazette to head home. He was then involved in a lovely exchange of passes with Gabriel Martinelli before curling a beauty into the bottom corner.

Saka was at the heart of Arsenal’s attacking play yesterday, having the most shots on goal, playing the most key passes and completing the third-most dribbles, despite having played at left wing-back and left-back (via WhoScored).

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However, it was Joe Willock, whose combination of attacking and defensive play managed to go under the radar for many viewers.

The England youth international made the most tackles, the second-most interceptions and the joint-most clearances in an industrious display.

He also proved to be crucial in linking the defence with the attack, completing the third-most dribbles and being the second-most fouled player in the side.

Indeed, it was a well-rounded display from the youngster, who perhaps deserves some more recognition coming away from the game.

Arsenal fans, what did you make of Willock’s performance? Let us know your thoughts!


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