Arsenal moved one step closer to Champions League football as they produced one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. Eddie Nketiah opened the scoring in the fifth minute before he doubled their advantage in the 10th minute. Luke Ayling was sent off in the 27th minute but Diego Llorente managed to pull a goal back in the 66th minute.
Arsenal: Ramsdale (6), Tomiyasu (7), Holding (6), Gabriel (6), Soares (7), Elneny (7), Xhaka (8), Saka (7), Odegaard (7), Martinelli (7), Nketiah (8).
Subs: Pepe (6), Smith Rowe (n/a), Lacazette (n/a)
Leeds: Meslier (5), Ayling (4), Koch (6), Llorente (7), Firpo (6), Phillips (6), Klich (5), Raphinha (5), James (6), Harrison (6), Gelhardt (6).
Subs: Struijk (6), Bate (7), Rodrigo (6).
Man of the match: Eddie Nketiah
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta: “We are finding ways to win football matches. The way we played today, especially the first 30 minutes was brilliant. So under pressure to play the way we have done in front of our people is a credit to them, but obviously, we have an opponent, and the context changes throughout the game and you don’t expect to be all the time for 95 minutes on top of the game and we are dealing with that and getting better at it because, in the end, we are winning football matches.”
Leeds boss Jesse Marsch: “I’d just say we dug ourselves a massive hole and made a difficult task much, much more difficult. So obviously far from the start that we wanted, but our resolve and our fight when the game was incredibly hard was amazing. I know there are no rewards that don’t come away with points right now for us, especially now that we’re actually in the relegation zone. But we have to stay positive, we have to stay strong and we have to forge on. And that’s the only way we can operate right now.”
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