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Trent Alexander-Arnold thinks Liverpool were the reason for Arsenal collapse last week

Trent Alexander-Arnold claims Liverpool played a part in the Arsenal defeat against Aston Villa last week.

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Liverpool and Arsenal both handed the advantage to Manchester City in the Premier League title race last week. Pep Guardiola’s side now lead the way by two points with six league games left to play this season.

Manchester City beat Luton Town comfortably on Saturday with Liverpool and Arsenal looking to do something similar in their games on Sunday. However it didn’t go to plan for both teams.

Liverpool hosted Crystal Palace at Anfield which produced a shock result as the Reds fell to a 1-0 defeat, which gave Arsenal a big incentive ahead of their match later that evening. However the Gunners couldn’t take advantage as they also lost to Aston Villa.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Trent Alexander-Arnold feels Arsenal’s defeat potentially came about due to the added pressure after Liverpool dropped points earlier on in the day.

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“If those fixtures were reversed and we played second and Arsenal played first maybe it would’ve been a different mentality. It all comes down to mentality. I think our result played a part in Arsenal’s result. They have potentially got too excited and thought this is our chance, this is what we need to do.

“Maybe they overthought things whereas if us and City both won it made them think, ‘we need to just win’ rather than it being a chance to breakaway from the pack. None of us have been in a three-horse race, so it’s difficult.”

The Gunners lost the league title last season in April after going four games without a win. They’re looking to make sure they don’t do the same this campaign as they travel to Molineux to take on Wolves this evening.

Arsenal play twice before Manchester City face Brighton next week. It gives Mikel Arteta’s side the opportunity to put the pressure on, if they can manage to pick up two wins in their next two games.

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