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Watch: Arsenal ace came close to one of PL’s greatest ever assists vs Liverpool

Liverpool were simply too strong for Arsenal on Wednesday evening.

In a potentially season-defining clash at the Emirates, Jurgen Klopp’s side flexed their footballing muscles and picked up a crucial 2-0 win.

Second half goals from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino were enough for victory in north London and the Reds are now just one point behind table-toppers Manchester City.

The Brazilian forward was absolutely electric on the left and Trent Alexander-Arnold really struggled to contain him.

Martinelli breezed past the England international on a number of occasions, including during a passage of play in which he came agonisingly close to producing one of the Premier League’s greatest ever assists.

Gabriel Martinelli
Gabriel Martinelli

In the second half, the 20-year-old picked the ball up on the left wing and bolted away from both Alexander-Arnold and Luis Diaz towards the corner flag.

Martinelli then went into ‘beast mode’. The Arsenal starlet left Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson trailing in his wake and then danced past Alexander-Arnold by the touchline with some silky footwork.

He then put the ball into a perfect area for a teammate to score, but Martin Odegaard just couldn’t get on the end of the pass, which saw us robbed of a legendary assist.

Take a look at Martinelli’s magic here…

Video: Martinelli came close to incredible assist vs Liverpool

When Martinelli is in full flow, there’s just no stopping him and it’s why Klopp referred to the youngster as a “talent of the century” when Liverpool and Arsenal met back in 2019.

The German manager was also full of praise for Martinelli after his team’s 2-0 win at the Emirates in the Carabao Cup back in January.

Klopp told Sky Sports after that game: “Martinelli by the way, everybody should remember that name because he’s an outstanding player.”

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