Trippier recovers form with impressive showing against Arsenal

Kieran Trippier recovered his form in Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the weekend.

The England international had struggled in recent outings and turned in a particularly poor performance against Chelsea in midweek.

The right-back was routinely beaten down his flank at Stamford Bridge and then capped the display with a truly comical own goal.

However, against the Gunners, Trippier was back to his marauding best.

He made a total of five clearances, per WhoScored, six tackles, and also made 69 passes.

Included in those were three key passes from his 113 touches – the full-back was the highest-rated Spurs player among those on the pitch.

Indeed, the defender was key to the rhythm of Spurs’ attacks, routinely collecting the ball and driving at the Gunners’ backline.

When in full flow, Trippier is integral to the way his side plays and offers a genuine creative outlet on the right-hand side.

Sometimes, however, his defensive game can let him down, but he had no jittery moments against the club’s bitter rivals, playing with an assuredness that was sorely lacking from his performance against the Blues just a few days previously.

With Serge Aurier an ill-disciplined alternative and Kyle Walker-Peters seemingly not trusted to play for the senior team, Trippier is perhaps Spurs’ only option at right-back and his return to form comes at a pivotal time.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men play Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday before Premier League encounters with Southampton and title-chasing Liverpool.

They need the Trippier of the 2018 World Cup, when he helped England to their first semi-final since 1990, instead of the one that has been meandering up and down the flank in recent months.

Against Arsenal, he showed that he may be back to the heady heights of last summer.