Bukayo Saka celebrated his first England call-up with a goal as Arsenal beat Sheffield United 2-1 in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Gunners failed to fire in a poor first half at Emirates Stadium, but two goals in the space of three minutes from Saka and substitute Nicolas Pepe secured their third top-flight win out of four in 2020-21.

Mikel Arteta's decision to leave out in-form striker Alexandre Lacazette was in danger of backfiring before Saka and Pepe rocked the Blades, who might feel aggrieved David Luiz was not sent off early on.

David McGoldrick gave Chris Wilder's side hope with their first Premier League goal of the season seven minutes from time, but Arsenal held on.

The Blades have lost all four Premier League matches and will need Rhian Brewster, who was not signed in time to play in north London, to hit the ground running after the international break.

David Luiz was fortunate to get away with a tug on Oliver Burke's shirt as he tried to race away following a mistake from the Arsenal defender early on.

The Gunners did not pose a threat until Aaron Ramsdale made amends for a poor clearance by tipping over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's long-range strike eight minutes before half-time.

Aubameyang was able to continue after going down following a sliding tackle from Sander Berge, who was shown a yellow card, and Ramsdale comfortably saved the Arsenal captain's acrobatic effort late in a lacklustre first half.

An unmarked Aubameyang was a whisker away from getting on the end of Dani Ceballos' clever first-time pass as Arteta's side tried to raise the tempo.

Arsenal finally produced the quality they had been lacking to take the lead just after the hour mark, Saka finishing off a slick passing move by nodding Hector Bellerin's cross from the right into the top corner at the back post.

Pepe added a second just six minutes after coming on, cutting in from the right after playing a one-two with Bellerin and clinically picking his spot in the far corner with his left foot.

McGoldrick curled home from 20 yards out to set up a tense finale and the striker flashed a shot wide in the closing stages with Ramsdale also sent up, but Arsenal were not to be denied all three points.

Jurgen Klopp has explained the decision to let Rhian Brewster leave Liverpool, saying the club want their young stars to thrive, even if it means a move elsewhere.

On Friday, Liverpool sold England youth international Brewster to Sheffield United in a deal that reportedly includes clauses relating to sell-on fees and buyback options.

The 20-year-old, who joined Liverpool from Chelsea in 2015, made just four first-team appearances under Klopp in domestic cup matches.

Brewster suffered a serious ankle injury in 2018 and spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea City, where he led a Championship promotion push that ended in the play-off semi-finals.

Links to a host of clubs followed ahead of the new season and though Brewster re-joined Klopp's senior set-up, the manager was reluctant to keep one of the country's most exciting talents on his bench.

"It's always like this [putting the player first], honestly," Klopp told reporters. "If I'm selfish, it never helps really, to be honest.

"I need a player in the right place and the right moment - that means that he's ready to fight, has all the tools to fight for the position and that the squad gives him the opportunity to fight for the position.

"But especially with a boy like Rhian, you are 100 per cent concerned about his development, 100 per cent.

"This is our own boy - since I arrived, Rhian is here - so there was all his development and unfortunately I was around when he was injured and all these kind of things.

"It's our boy and, with all the young boys, we don't keep them here at all costs as a solution for one or two games a year. That's not how we work.

"If it's like this, then we always try to find solutions. We want to use these boys on a specific day, but for them, they have to make the right steps in their development.

"Sometimes we are the right place to make these steps. Sometimes we are not. That's what we have to admit. That's all."

Sheffield United have completed the big-money signing of Rhian Brewster from Liverpool in a move they hope will improve their fortunes in front of goal.

Brewster, 20, has joined the Blades in a club-record deal worth around £23.5million on a five-year contract.

His arrival comes after Sheffield United recorded a magnificent ninth-place finish in the Premier League last season in their first year after promotion.

Despite a stunning campaign, Chris Wilder's men were not strong in front of goal, a point he acknowledged prior to Sunday's match away at Arsenal. 

"We are always trying to bring better players in," he said. "Looking at what we did last year with chances created, it is an area of the pitch we need to be more clinical and need to bring competition in."

SHEFFIELD STRUGGLES

Indeed, only four teams scored fewer than Sheffield United's 39 Premier League goals last season – Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, Watford and Norwich City, with even relegated Bournemouth netting more.

Most notably, Opta data shows the 258 shots from the Blades was the lowest total of any team in the top flight.

None of their players scored more than six league goals, totals which were reached by Lys Mousset and Oliver McBurnie.

Only Crystal Palace, Watford and Brighton and Hove Albion had a lower shooting accuracy percentage than Sheffield United’s 44.19, while going into the Arsenal game, they have also lost all three of their top-flight games to start 2020-21, failing to score in any of them.

There is clearly a problem which they hope Brewster can solve.

BREWSTER COMES IN

Brewster has long been touted as a player with huge potential and Sheffield United will be hoping he has an instant impact.

He scored 11 goals in 22 league games in an impressive spell on loan at Championship side Swansea City in the second half of last season and has previously thrived in England's youth teams.

Brewster, though, is yet to feature in the Premier League and has just four appearances to his name for the Reds in domestic cup competitions.

That means his early outings at the highest level will be closely watched and not just by Sheffield United fans desperate for him to provide a cutting edge, but also by Liverpool fans after the club reportedly retained a buyback clause that is valid for three years.

Sheffield United have completed the club-record signing of Rhian Brewster from Liverpool.

Brewster has put pen to paper on a five-year contract at Bramall Lane in a transfer reported to be worth £23.5million.

According to reports, Liverpool have a buy-back option lasting three years and will receive 15 per cent of any fee if the England Under-21 international is sold elsewhere.

Brewster spent the second half of last season at Swansea City and scored 11 goals in 22 appearances to help propel them into the Championship play-offs.

He performed well in pre-season with Liverpool but, following the arrival of Diogo Jota at Anfield, the Reds have allowed him to move on.

Brewster said: "It feels good to be here and I just can't wait to get started to be honest. There were a few teams who came in but right now Sheffield United is the best option for me.

"Looking at the club, it is on the rise, finishing ninth last year and hopefully it can be better this season. Maybe I can add some goals, I'll work hard and try and help the team to a higher place this year.

"It was good for me [last season at Swansea]. I felt I needed game time, and I scored 11 goals in 22 which was great for me. I am not going to dwell on that though, this is a new season, and I want to come in here and show what I can do, and score goals for Sheffield United.

"I am ready to come in and show everyone what I've got. It is a team that creates a lot of chances, the three at the back, overlapping, they get crosses into the box and that's my game - being in the box, finding space and one and two-touch finishes. That's what I am going to try to do, and try to score goals for Sheffield United."

Blades boss Chris Wilder added: "At the top of the pitch we have one of the country's hottest properties from Liverpool and for him to sign permanent here is fantastic for everyone concerned.

"There has been a lot of interest in him over the summer, a lot of speculation about who we were going for, but he has been our number one target and I am delighted to have secured his services.

"If you look at the signings we have made throughout the summer, it bodes well for the future of the football club. He's a talent, as are a lot of the younger players we have brought in, whether that's Oli Burke, Max Lowe, Jayden Bogle or Aaron Ramsdale, they are the profiles of the players we wanted to bring in during the summer, and we're delighted we have done it.

"He's a natural goalscorer. He finishes from any aspect, whether it is in the air or whether it's spectacular goals, free-kicks or off his shin - he has a lovely habit of scoring goals, which is crucial in the Premier League."

Sheffield United are close to sealing a deal to sign Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster as they prepare to face Arsenal and Mikel Arteta, who has strong admiration for the Blades.

A deal worth £23.5million has reportedly been agreed by Sheffield United and Liverpool, who would retain a sell-on clause on Brewster along with a buyback agreement that will be valid for three years.

Blades boss Chris Wilder could not confirm the deal was done to sign the 20-year-old when he spoke ahead of Sunday's away Premier League match at Arsenal, but suggested talks were at a late stage.

"We have been in negotiations with Liverpool for a while, he has been on our radar and discussions between the player and the club are still ongoing," he said.

"We are down the line and when that happens I can confirm it. We are always trying to bring better players into the group.

"I looked at last season and we have to improve in that area, we have to be more clinical and bring in more competition at the top of the pitch.

"The players are as disappointed as me with the start [to this season] - they don't need a lift but bringing a better player into the group will improve us."

Despite Sheffield United having zero points from their opening three Premier League games, Arteta has long been impressed with their methods.

"Incredible," he said of the job Wilder did when they finished ninth last season.

"I start to analyse his team two years to understand some of the things he was doing and I think him and the coaching staff have done a really, really good job." 

Arteta added: "Not just for the way the play because it is a very clear style, but for the culture they have created around the club, this feeling that you can sense around the team and how they compete.

"I think it is remarkable what they have done. I was told by someone that we had to have a look at them, and I always like to see different trends, different ways of playing, formations, structures, patterns.

"I was impressed with some of the things they were doing. It is always good to have this information.

"The margins in the league of winning, drawing and losing are really small and the details are crucial, but they have generated big chances every game and they've been really unlucky in my opinion not to get anything out of those games.

"The season they had, the way they have evolved as a team since they joined the Premier League, has been unbelievable, the work that the manager has done with the resources they have is remarkable.

"We know how difficult it is to play against them and need to be really alert - we have to play at our best again."

Mikel Arteta concedes the next few days represent "a crucial moment" in Arsenal's season as the club push to conclude deals before the transfer window closes.

Houssem Aouar, Thomas Partey and Jorginho are among the players who have been heavily linked with moves to Arsenal before Monday's transfer deadline.

Regardless of the outcome of ongoing negotiations, Arteta insists he is happy with the way the club have handled their business but knows how significant this period is.

"It is a crucial moment because in the end it defines the people, the players, the balance and the quality that you're going to have for the rest of the season," Arteta said ahead of Sunday's home Premier League game against Sheffield United.

"We need to make some decisions in the next three days. Everything has been delayed so much, not just for us but probably every team because of the context that we are in at the moment. 

"We will try to make the best possible decisions and at the end, whatever we have, we go for it fully convinced and prepared to have a good season.

"I am very happy because the way we are acting and the way we are approaching and doing the processes around the market, around the squad.

"The communication link that we have at the moment between myself, Edu, the board and the ownership is really good and I'm really satisfied. 

"We are all trying our best to improve the team and achieve the goals that we want. Sometimes in a deal a lot of things are happening and you have three or four parties that have to be involved in it.

"But we are trying our best and I am really happy with the way this link and communication is flowing at the moment.

"[If we don't sign someone] then it's because we can't do more. We are trying our maximum, maximising our resources with full support from the owners for what we are trying to achieve. It's just whether we can do it or not. 

"Believe me, we will try our best and we will be trying to give our players the best possible environment. If it will be with one more player, two more players or two players less, we will keep doing the same."

Arteta had no specific updates when asked about Lyon star Aouar and gave the same response when it came to departures, amid speculation over the futures of Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Sead Kolasinac.

He added: "I am very confident in what we are trying to do internally. [I am getting] clarity and support from everybody at the club to try and improve the team if we can. 

"But most importantly as well, to get the right balance in the squad, for now and the way we want to evolve the squad in the future.

"We are all very much aligned but I'm afraid that I cannot give you any updates or news.

"I will give you an update with any player when we have an update to give, at the moment, unfortunately, there is nothing concrete for any player."

Borussia Dortmund are reportedly maintaining a firm stance over Jadon Sancho, while Barcelona still want Memphis Depay.

The Sancho transfer saga continues to dominate talk as Manchester United chase the Dortmund star.

But the Bundesliga club are seemingly unmoved.

 

TOP STORY – DORTMUND ADAMANT SANCHO WILL STAY

Dortmund are adamant Sancho will not be sold this transfer window, according to Sky Sports.

United have continued to be linked with the England international, who scored 17 goals and provided 16 assists in 32 Bundesliga games last season.

However, Dortmund's asking price of £108million (€120m) has reportedly proven to be a stumbling block.

 

ROUND-UP

- Late in the transfer window, there may still be movement at Barcelona. Sport reports Ronald Koeman still wants Lyon star Depay. It also says Ajax full-back Sergino Dest is close to signing, while Porto are trying to loan midfielder Riqui Puig. Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo says Barca will make a new offer for Eric Garcia after Manchester City signed Benfica defender Ruben Dias.

- Amid uncertainty over Luka Jovic's future at Real Madrid, AS reports LaLiga's champions want the forward to make a loan move. Jovic struggled in his first season at Madrid in 2019-20.

- There could be more movement at Chelsea. Fabrizio Romano says the Premier League club are still looking at West Ham midfielder Declan Rice as their main target, but will first try to sell players.

- Antonio Rudiger could be among the exits at Chelsea. Sky Sports reports Tottenham are interested in signing the defender.

- Talk about Rhian Brewster's Liverpool future continues. The Sun says Sheffield United are offering £17m for the forward and are prepared to agree to a buy-back clause of around £40m. The Blades have failed to score in their first three Premier League games and are second bottom.

- Lyon are reportedly chasing Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta. L'Equipe claims the Ligue 1 club offered to take the 23-year-old on a one-year loan with an €18m purchase option, a deal which was rejected. However, it reports Lyon will return with an improved offer.

Manchester City shipped five goals in a home league match for the first time in 17 years as they were shocked by Leicester City on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers' men were in rampant form at the Etihad Stadium and were inspired by Jamie Vardy, who is proving quite the scourge of Pep Guardiola defences.

Tottenham were denied a win over Newcastle United by another late, late penalty in a Premier League match in 2020-21, while Leeds United enjoyed Yorkshire bragging rights over Sheffield United.

West Ham, meanwhile, put Wolves to the sword as manager David Moyes watched on television while in self-isolation.

Here are some of Opta's top numbers from a scintillating day of play...

 

Manchester City 2-5 Leicester City: Guardiola in uncharted territory

Guardiola had gone 685 games in all competitions in charge of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City without his team conceding five goals. Over to you, Jamie Vardy.

The striker scored three times, two of them from the penalty spot, to take his tally to eight league goals against City since Guardiola took charge – the most of any player against a team managed by the Catalan – and inspire Leicester to a 5-2 win.

City had never conceded five in a game at the Etihad Stadium before and last let in that many in a home Premier League match against Arsenal in February 2003.

As for Vardy, he is the only player to convert two hat-tricks against a Guardiola team. The only other man to score even one such treble is Lionel Messi.

Tottenham 1-1 Newcastle United: Kane assists not enough

Harry Kane is fashioning a new name for himself as Tottenham's assist king.

He teed up Lucas Moura to open the scoring against Newcastle, thereby reaching five Premier League assists already for 2020-21 – that's only two short of his record for a single season in 2016-17 and as many as in his previous 54 league appearances.

In fact, only Ruel Fox for Newcastle in 1994-95 and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Manchester United in 2017-18 have ever managed five assists in the opening three matchdays of a Premier League season.

Of course, it was Newcastle who got the real helping hand here, Eric Dier's unfortunate handball allowing Callum Wilson to equalise with a penalty after 96 minutes and 20 seconds, the latest any team has ever scored with their first shot on target in a Premier League match since at least 2006.

Sheffield United 0-1 Leeds United: Bamford loves the big time

Patrick Bamford only scored four Championship goals between February and late July last season. In the Premier League, he has three in three games. Some people just flourish on the biggest stages.

The striker is the first Leeds player ever to score in his first three top-flight games for the club and only the third person to net on the each of the first three matchdays for a promoted side in the Premier League. The others were Teemu Pukki for Norwich City last season and Michael Ricketts for Bolton Wanderers in 2001-02.

His header against Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United also saw Bamford become the first Leeds player to score in the first three matches of a top-flight campaign since Mick Jones back in 1968-69. They went on to win the title that season...

West Ham 4-0 Wolves: Bowen finds his feet

Jarrod Bowen scored twice against Wolves as West Ham romped to a mightily impressive win over Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves, while boss Moyes was unable to attend after testing positive for coronavirus.

Bowen got his first brace in league football since December 2019, converting two impressive finishes to put the Hammers 2-0 ahead. He had only scored once in his first 22 Premier League outings.

With a relative dry spell in the past year apparently behind him, don't bet against the 23-year-old to build on this performance. Since the start of 2017-18, only Liverpool star Mohamed Salah (50) and Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero (38) have scored more league goals at home across England's top four divisions than Bowen (36).

Jurgen Klopp wants another goal rush from Liverpool this season as questions continue to surround the Anfield future of young striker Rhian Brewster. 

When winning the Premier League title last season, Liverpool rattled in 85 goals across 38 games, a total only beaten by runners-up Manchester City. 

The front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have fresh competition after Diogo Jota arrived from Wolves, and Klopp would love to see Liverpool prove as potent as ever this term. 

Whether Brewster had a part to play remains to be seen, with Klopp leaving the 20-year-old out of his squad for Thursday's EFL Cup win at Lincoln City, where a host of fringe and young players were given a chance to impress. 

England Under-21 forward Brewster has been linked to Crystal Palace and Sheffield United recently after impressing last season while on loan at Swansea City. 

"Look, it should not surprise you. Transfers, these kind of things, we do not talk about," Klopp said on Friday, when asked about Brewster's status. 

"He was not in the squad [at Lincoln]. You can make of it what you want. Nothing really to say. No news."

With or without Brewster, Liverpool's attacking strength in depth looks strong, but Klopp says their goalscoring success and fluent football only comes through hard work from throughout his squad, speaking proudly of a shared "identity". 

"I don't think we were unplayable last year, it didn't feel like that," Klopp said. "I don't know if we can be better than last year. We always try to do the right thing in the right moment. 

"We are offensive-orientated, but without a very good defensive structure you have absolutely no chance. We try to do our absolute best in each game, and that’s something I loved in both games so far and something I loved especially [at Lincoln]. 

"if the team last night would have worn a different shirt I would still have known it was us, and I like that a lot. This kind of identity, we really want to make sure everybody can see that." 

Klopp's team are unbeaten in their last 60 Premier League games at Anfield, with Arsenal the next team to put that record to the test when they visit on Monday. 

The Reds manager says he is "absolutely not interested" in the statistic. 

"The only moment when I think about that number is when somebody asks me about it," he said. "We did what we did; we tried to win football games in different circumstances: at night time, at lunchtime, with supporters, without supporters. 

"It's our home, we feel well there, but there's no secret recipe. We don't expect to lose but we don't expect either to win."

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder joked that Gareth Bale should stay at Real Madrid and enjoy the city's "great golf courses".

Bale is heavily linked with a return to Tottenham, the club he left to join Madrid in 2013.

The 31-year-old has won two LaLiga titles and four Champions Leagues among numerous other honours with Madrid, but has been frozen out as he seemingly nears a return to Spurs.

But Wilder joked he wanted Bale to stay in Spain, as the attacker's return would only make life harder for his team.

"I said a couple of years ago when we first landed in the Premier League when Eden Hazard was going to Real Madrid that I'd give him a lift to the airport," he told reporters.

"Hopefully Gareth stays in Madrid, it's a lovely place Madrid and there are some great golf courses out there so don't make it any harder for us."

On their return to the Premier League last season, Sheffield United finished ninth in the table and just five points behind sixth-placed Tottenham.

Wilder, whose team face Burnley in the EFL Cup on Thursday, said he was unsurprised Bale wanted to return to England.

"I'm not surprised that he wants to come and play in the Premier League," he said.

"Our experience over the last year has been fabulous and we want more of that and I suppose there'd be a lot of Spurs fans wishing that to happen.

"But I don't think there'd be a lot of Sheffield United fans wishing that to happen because that just causes another problem when we have to play the likes of Tottenham and the other big hitters."

West Brom got their man on Wednesday, but it was not Cristiano Ronaldo.

Although the newly promoted Premier League club introduced the arrival of "CR7", the 101-goal Portugal great will not be turning out at the Hawthorns this season.

West Brom were instead celebrating the capture of Republic of Ireland international Callum Robinson, who will wear their number seven shirt.

Robinson spent the second half of last season on loan with the Baggies as they finished second in the Championship.

He has now joined permanently from Sheffield United, with Scotland winger Oli Burke moving the other way.

Burke burst onto the scene at Nottingham Forest and earned a 2016 transfer to RB Leipzig but has since struggled to make an impact, even after a switch to West Brom the following year.

Ethan Ampadu will spend next season on loan at Sheffield United from Chelsea after the Blades completed a busy day of transfer business.

Wales international Ampadu, who can play in defence or midfield, joins up for the 2020-21 campaign at Bramall Lane having returned from a spell at RB Leipzig.

It marks the third signing of the day for United, who completed a double swoop for Derby County full-backs Jayden Bogle and Max Lowe earlier on Monday.

"Ethan is an outstanding young player for Chelsea, and we've worked really hard to get his signature for the season," boss Chris Wilder told United's website.

"We need to thank Frank Lampard and the people at Chelsea for helping make this happen. We've got a good relationship with them and they know we're going to take good care of him.

"It's an important season for Ethan and playing in the Premier League for us is a good move for everyone. He brings a lot of qualities to the group and he's someone we've tracked for two or three seasons."

Ampadu made his professional debut for Exeter City as a 15-year-old in an EFL Cup tie against Brentford in August 2016 and made the move to Stamford Bridge a year later.

Capped 13 times by Wales, Ampadu made just three Bundesliga appearances for Champions League semi-finalists Leipzig last term.

Sheffield United defender John Egan has signed a new four-year contract with the Premier League club.

The 27-year-old played in all but two of the Blades' games as they enjoyed a superb first season back in the top flight, finishing ninth in the table.

The Republic of Ireland international, who signed from Brentford in 2018, told the club's website: "The last two years have probably been the most successful of my career and to get the chance to sign a new contract here is brilliant for me and I'm really looking forward to the future. I need to thank everyone involved.

"I've loved my time here. We won promotion in the first year and had a real good first season back in the Premier League, so now it is about building on that and improving in the future."

Manager Chris Wilder said: "It's a reward for the influence John has on the team and at the football club. He's been part and parcel of our climb over the last two years and he's taken his game to the next level.

"He's a rock-solid character who produces performances week in, week out against world-class players and on the international stage. I know how much he loves playing for his country and he'll take his career on to the next step there as well.

"We've got to reward and secure our best players and John is certainly one of those, we have to thank the Board for their support in allowing us to put this deal together.

"John has been outstanding and knowing the boy as we do, we know John is not a comfortable footballer, he wants to establish himself and continue to improve at the highest level."

Sheffield United have signed goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to replace Dean Henderson, who tweeted out a message of thanks to the club after spending two seasons on loan at Bramall Lane. 

The Blades announced they have paid Bournemouth a "substantial undisclosed fee" - reported to be in the region of £18.5million - to bring back Ramsdale. 

Having left Sheffield United in January 2017, the 22-year-old started 37 games for Bournemouth in the 2019-20 season, though was unable to prevent the Cherries suffering relegation

Ramsdale has agreed to a four-year deal to seal his return, while Henderson is rumoured to be on the verge of signing a new contract at Manchester United. 

"The goalkeeping situation is something we have to make sure we get right," Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder told the club's website. 

"This is not about Dean, it's about bringing Aaron in, but Dean was outstanding for us for two years. We know a lot about Aaron, we've watched him develop on loan at Chesterfield and then AFC Wimbledon and obviously we've watched him this season too. 

"I'd like to thank the board for their backing given the situation. Aaron is certainly amongst the best young goalkeepers in this country and we are delighted to have him."

Henderson enhanced his reputation during his time with the Blades, helping them secure a ninth-place finish in the Premier League following their promotion from the Championship. 

It is unclear if the keeper will go out on loan again or remain at Old Trafford to provide competition for David de Gea, but the Red Devils are reportedly close to agreeing terms on a long-term deal for the England Under-21 international. 

In a statement posted on Twitter, Henderson thanked all those at Sheffield United, including the fans, following his successful spell there.

"I will look back at the last two years as an important chapter in my career and more than anything, I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to learn and develop with such a class group of lads," he wrote.

The 23-year-old signed off the post by expressing his excitement at the next chapter of his career, followed by: "Once a Blade, always a Blade!".

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has seen off competition from a trio of Manchester United players to be crowned the Premier League's Young Player of the Season.

The 21-year-old scored four goals and set up 13 more in a brilliant 2019-20 campaign that saw Liverpool end their 30-year wait for top-flight success.

Alexander-Arnold also helped the champions keep 12 clean sheets and saw off competition from United's Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford for the award.

Chelsea pair Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount were also nominated for the inaugural prize, as was Aston Villa's Jack Grealish and Sheffield United loanee Dean Henderson.

The award is for players who were aged 23 or under at the start of the 2019-20 season and is voted for by fans. 

Alexander-Arnold is also in contention to win the Premier League Player of the Season accolade, along with team-mates Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane, as well as Kevin De Bruyne, Jamie Vardy, Nick Pope and Danny Ings.

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