A number of Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to laud Kalvin Phillips after the Leeds United midfielder produced a superb performance in their FA Cup third round tie.
The Gunners are into the fourth round of the competition after a narrow win over Marcelo Bielsa’s side. Reiss Nelson scored the game’s only goal during the second-half.
Mikel Arteta’s men were excellent after the break. The new Arsenal boss is rightfully taking plaudits for inspiring a dramatic turnaround after a poor first-half performance.
Leeds were superb during the opening stages of the game. They came incredibly close to scoring on a number of occasions, and played some outstanding football to create chances.
And Phillips was integral to their brilliant display. The 24-year-old is already considered one of the finest players in the second tier. And he arguably showed why Leeds fans feel that it is inevitable that he will be playing top flight football from next season.
Whoscored.com shows that he made four key passes during the tie. He also made a remarkable nine successful challenges – his closest rival won just five.
And following the game, plenty of Arsenal fans have heaped praise on the Whites star. Some have suggested that Arteta needs to look at signing him from Elland Road.
It has been claimed that he had Mesut Ozil in his pocket, would be an excellent replacement for Lucas Torreira if he left, and would walk into Arsenal’s current midfield.
Here is what some of the supporters made of Phillips’s performance…
Phillips marked Ozil out of that game. He was class. Emirates was excellent.
— Alex (@AFCPrime) January 6, 2020
Game of two halves.
Arteta got hold of em at HT and they reacted well ??
Phillips (Leeds) is a player to keep an eye on.
Premier League would be a better place with Leeds Utd back in it.
— Frank C (@FutebolEcologia) January 6, 2020
Unlucky from Leeds, good side which I think wouldn’t fair too badly in the premier league giving how they play. Phillips is a top player
— Haych (@AfcHeritage1886) January 6, 2020
Kalvin Phillips! Please get Özil out of your pocket! ?
— Real Talk Arsenal (@RealTalkAFC) January 6, 2020
If Torreira does leave in the summer then go for Kalvin Phillips. Has been class for Leeds all season and could easily make the step up to the prem.
— Dan (@DanAFC_) January 6, 2020
Kelvin Phillips walks into our midfield
— Alex Adams (@BigAl_AFC) January 6, 2020
Bring Kalvin Phillips to the Arsenal, he’s class!! #ARSLEE
— Ziad Beydoun (@BeydounZiad) January 6, 2020
@Arsenal sign this Kalvin Phillips bloke he’s mustard.
— baz (@LucaBazza10) January 6, 2020