The 22-year-old American defender helped Sam Allardyce's men hold the Gunners to a 0-0 stalemate on Sunday afternoon at the Stadium of Light.
The US international, who is on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur, was making his ninth straight start at right-back for Sam Allardyce's side and showcased his recent progress by playing a key role in preserving the clean sheet.
As well as doing an excellent job of limiting the impact of Alex Iwobi and Nacho Monreal in the final third, the 31-times capped American made a crucial clearance off the line in the first half after a goalmouth scramble, before coming to the rescue once again in the closing stages with a great block to help secure his side a point that moves them out of the Premier League’s bottom three.
In total, the Tottenham loanee made two blocks, one tackle, two clearances, two interceptions, four ball recoveries and won three duels over the course of the 90 minutes, while also completing 21 of his 26 passes – four of which were long balls.
He did not really get a chance to showcase his attacking skills, meanwhile, recording only one key pass, three crosses which failed to find a target and one dribble, but that comes as little surprise given the job he was asked to do.
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Having continually faced questions about his defence since his days in MLS with the Seattle Sounders, performances like the one against Arsenal serve as an encouraging sign for the promising speedster’s development, but what the long-term future holds for him remains to be seen.
He has seemingly proved at this point that he can be perfectly solid full-back at the Premier League level – despite past suggestions that he would be better served moving to midfield – but he has a tough task on his hands to earn minutes at that position back at Tottenham given the other options available to Mauricio Pochettino.
Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier are currently ahead of him in the pecking order, and with the highly-rated Kyle Walker-Peters also knocking on the first-team door, it will be interesting to see what happens with the former World Cup star over the summer.
It is certainly not out of the question that he could ultimately make a permanent move to the Stadium of Light, but whatever the outcome is, there is little doubt that his loan stint on Wearside has been a valuable learning experience.