David Luiz was dribbled past twice in Arsenal's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool

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It’s happened.

For the first time since March 2018, a player has dribbled past Virgil van Dijk in the Premier League.

Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe was the man to break the streak, bursting past the Netherlands international in the first half.

Van Dijk’s streak lasted a remarkable 50 matches. That’s pure dominance.

Rival fans celebrated the end of his record but Liverpool won’t care that much.

They cruised to a 3-1 win at Anfield thanks to Mohamed Salah’s brace and Joel Matip’s opener.

Liverpool were class in the second half but they were helped by David Luiz’s abject display.

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The Brazilian, who arrived in the summer from Chelsea, conceded the penalty that Salah scored from when be pulled the Egyptian’s shirt.

And he was then sent spinning by the Liverpool forward as he made it 3-0 in the 58th minute.

For all the Liverpool fans feeling aggrieved about the fans tweeting about Van Dijk - you’ll enjoy this.

Luiz was dribbled past twice against Liverpool, once in the 24th minute and again before Salah’s second, in the 57th minute. That's a difference of 33 minutes.

So Van Dijk has been dribbled past once in 50 matches. Luiz was dribbled past twice in 90 minutes.


Salah was responsible for beating the former Chelsea defender, also taking it past him in the 24th minute.

Luiz will be having nightmares about the Liverpool star for weeks to come.

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The 32-year-old was slated for his second-half performance, with football.london rating him four out of 10.

“For 45 minutes Luiz was exceptional as Arsenal repelled almost every cross that came their way, leading by example and offering a reassuring presence in the heart of defence,” they wrote.

Then he did what supporters of his team always fear he will.

“One moment of unnecessary foolishness, a grab of Mohamed Salah's jersey, cost Arsenal dearly indeed and for a player of his experience was simply unacceptable.”

With Luiz, Arsenal are going to have to learn to take the good with the bad.

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