Arsenal edged a decent affair with a 1-0 win towards Leeds United at Elland Road to stay on the most sensible of the Premier League on Sunday.
Bukayo Saka scored with an improbable end 10 mins ahead of part-time, and Mikel Arteta’s facet hung on in spite of more than one Leeds possibilities in the second one part in an in the long run uninspiring efficiency via the league leaders.
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“My heart is still racing but I’m just really happy to get the three points,” Saka advised Sky Sports. “It was a really tough game. Leeds did well, especially in the second half, and they put a lot of pressure on us.
“Big momentum for us, we have now received any other recreation. We want to stay this going and nowadays we confirmed we will win it doesn’t matter what.”
Play was suspended for 40 minutes immediately after kick-off due to a VAR power outage. Sources told ESPN the hawkeye van had a power outage, meaning there was no communication between VAR and officials.
Both sides had chances in the first half but it was Arsenal who opened the scoring through Saka after 35 minutes.
Arsenal struggled to impart their usual passing game in the second half due to Leeds’ insistent pressing — twice Arteta’s side were nearly punished for slack passes in defence shortly after the break.
Jesse Marsch’s side had the better of the Premier League leaders in the second half and their good play looked to finally reap reward when they were awarded a penalty an hour in after William Saliba was penalised for a handball.
Bamford, though, dragged the effort wide of the right post with Aaron Ramsdale diving the right way as Arsenal’s poor second half continued to go unpunished.
Ramsdale was again forced into action as he acrobatically palmed away Brenden Aaronson‘s long-range strike.
And after relentless probing, Leeds managed to force late drama and thought they had another penalty.
Bamford charged into Gabriel who fell and kicked out at the Leeds forward, giving the hosts a stoppage-time penalty with a red card being dealt to the Arsenal defender. However, after consulting VAR, referee Chris Kavanagh changed his decision and brandished a yellow card to Gabriel, while also rescinding the penalty decision — allowing Arsenal to see out their narrow win.
“It used to be a in point of fact excellent efficiency from us. Discipline, focus over all of the fit even with the past due get started,” Marsch said.
“A efficiency that confirmed that after we play the way in which we need to play, we will be excellent. That’s the most productive workforce within the league presently and nowadays we had been higher.”