Arthur solid midfield play and controlled passing have led many to liken him to Barca legend Xavi, and the 22-year-old showed why on Sunday.
He set a new high mark for the season for the most passes attempted by any player in La Liga, 142, and that tally ended up being the highest in a La Liga game since the great Barca midfielder was plying his trade in Spain.
Arthur had impressed in Barcelona’s midweek game, the 4-2 Champions League win over Tottenham, and his form in midfield has vindicated the club’s and manager Ernesto Valverde’s faith in him.
142 - Arthur Melo attempted 142 passes against Valencia, the most by a player in a La Liga away game since Xavi Hernandez vs Levante in November 2012 (148). Reference. pic.twitter.com/jYspVgc28f— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 7, 2018
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