Fans of Arsenal have flocked to Twitter on Sunday evening, to highlight the importance of one key area of the showdown between Manchester City and Liverpool.
The most high-profile fixture of the Premier League campaign to date is of course currently playing out at the Etihad.
The matchup in question sees Pep Guardiola’s table-topping City playing host to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, trailing the reigning champions at the English top-flight’s summit by just a solitary point.
And to say that the matchup has since lived up to its billing across the opening hour+ in Manchester would be something of an understatement.
An absolutely pulsating affair currently sees the title contenders locked at two goals apiece, owing to goals on the part of all of Kevin De Bruyne, Diogo Jota, Gabriel Jesus and Sadio Mane.
🎙️ “Alexander-Arnold… Salah… IN FOR SADIO MANEEE!”
It’s level AGAIN at the Etihad!! What a game 🤯 pic.twitter.com/os2x3jEB6X
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 10, 2022
‘I’m gonna cry’
And, as alluded to above, amid the chaotic action in Manchester to date, one particular Premier League fanbase have been keen to highlight the ongoing importance of one particular position on the pitch.
The supporters in question? Arsenal’s. The position? Full-back.
Sunday’s Etihad showdown sees what many would no doubt argue are four of the finest full-backs in world football – in the form of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker – going head-to-head.
And all four, in turn, have already gone on to make a telling contribution to the action.
Alexander-Arnold and Cancelo, for their part, have both chipped in with superb assists, whilst Scottish international Robertson too played a crucial role in Liverpool levelling things up early in the first-half.
The oft-underappreciated Walker, meanwhile, continues to excel on both sides of the ball, amid a true showcase of the growing importance of elite full-backs as part of the modern game.
So, why the sudden interest of the Arsenal faithful?
Yesterday afternoon, the Gunners of course saw their Premier League top-four hopes dealt a considerable blow, owing to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of out-of-form Brighton & Hove Albion.
Amid ongoing injury problems at the Emirates, the club’s right-back spot, on the day, was filled by Cedric Soares, whilst Granit Xhaka was forced to fill in on the left on the back of Nuno Tavares’ horror show at Crystal Palace on Monday night.
In turn, Arsenal’s fans have been keen to make use of today’s table-topping clash as evidence of just how far off the required level their side’s own full-back options remain, with just some of the social media highlights showcased below:
Arsenal Twitter fans, look out Cancelo runs and play #MCILIV then watch Cedric and Tavares play for Arsenal, and stop praising average footballers in our team.
— Michel_B:9 (@Michel_Kar0) April 10, 2022
Lol brooo. I was just about saying this. See the quality of display from the full backs. But na Cedric and Tavares we get 😡 https://t.co/32S1TkA3le
— Kwaku Frimpong (@Teazygooner) April 10, 2022
Feel sad watching them..look at their fullback and look at ours of Cedric and Tavares. No wonder we r doing so badly
— kumarjit sengupta (@kumro1983) April 10, 2022
People kicking off we not making champions league but when you look at Liverpool & city’s full backs and then you look at Cedric and Tavares our team is not a champions league side anyway
— DW10 (@danielwilks10) April 10, 2022
Cc: cedric soares sama Tavares. https://t.co/GKwFBjmVmv
— Juni (@anwarzones) April 10, 2022
Look how influential full backs are in the modern game. And we have Cedric and tavares I’m gonna cry man
— ethz (@ethz999) April 10, 2022
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