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OFFICIAL: Arsenal star becomes first player to dribble past Virgil van Dijk in Premier League since 2018

Odiase Osayande

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Nicolas Pepe broke a Premier League record in his very first start for Arsenal on Saturday by becoming the first player to dribble past Virgil van Dijk since 2018.

Prior to Saturday’s clash between the Gunners and Liverpool, Van Dijk hadn’t been beaten for pace in his last 50 appearances in the Premier League.

The last person to beat the towering Dutchman was Mikel Merino, who dribbled round Van Dijk while playing for Newcastle in March 2018, according to Opta.

Since then the centre-back has been pretty much unbeatable, but Pepe knocked the ball past him at Anfield before getting it lost under his feet and squandering possession.

Liverpool lead Arsenal at Anfield at half time courtesy of a Joel Matip goal

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