Trent Alexander-Arnold aims 'too excited' dig at Arsenal's mentality


Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool applauds the travelling supporters following the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 Quarter-Final second leg match between Atalanta and Liverpool FC at Gewiss Stadium on April 18, 2024 in Bergamo, Italy. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold has taken a pop at Arsenal's mentality, suggesting they 'got too excited' after Liverpool slipped up in the Premier League title race last weekend.

Having seen Manchester City thrash Luton 5-1 on the Saturday, the Gunners then witnessed title rivals Liverpool lose 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace.

But Mikel Arteta's men were unable to capitalise as they lost 2-0 at home to Aston Villa, a result that leaves the title in City's hand.

Arsenal did return to the summit with a 2-0 victory at Wolves on Saturday night and Liverpool - currently third and three points off the top - have the chance to respond at Fulham on Sunday.

Ahead of that game, Alexander-Arnold told Sky Sports: 'If those fixtures were reversed and we played second and Arsenal played first maybe it would have been a different mentality.

'It all come down to mentality. I think our result played a part in Arsenal's result.

'They 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 just need to win' rather than it being a chance to break away from the pack.

'None of us have been in a three-horse race, so it's difficult.'

Pep Guardiola's side, chasing a fourth consecutive title win, are undefeated in Premier League action since Aston Villa beat them back on December 6 - some 18 matches ago.

They booked their place in the FA Cup final with a 1-0 win over Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday, recovering from the disappointment of losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League.

City also have a pretty kind final six games, facing Brighton, Nottingham Forest, Wolves, Fulham, Tottenham and West Ham between now and May 19.

England star Alexander-Arnold knows Liverpool and Arsenal can't be relying on them to slip up.

'Arsenal experienced it, we've experienced it two or three times, when you get into a title race with Man City they are borderline perfect,' he added.

'You can't slip up or make mistakes. If you give them the upper hand, they don't really blink in those moments. They don't seem vulnerable. It's a well-oiled machine.

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'That's what they do, they click and there's not stopping them. Giving them this advantage with six games to go is almost like handing them the title.

'All we can do is someone does us a favour and get our goal difference up.

'We've got six games left, it'll fly by. Our aim is to win every game - that's all we can do and try to capitalise.

'It will be difficult but I've seen over the last few weeks of odds and percentage chances of who is going to win the league have fluctuated with just one result. Anything can happen in the Premier League.

'They are a fantastic team with the squad they've got, the manager, it's hard to think they won't win it at this point. [But] stranger things have happened in the Premier League.'

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