Arsenal not 4-2 tunate. It was 4lawess

Full-time result-

Arsenal

Aubameyang P. – 13′
Aubameyang P. – (41′ Penalty)
Bellerin H. – 45′
Aubameyang P. – 47′

4

2

Leeds

Struijk P. – 58′
Costa H. – 69′

MATCH STATS

Ball Possession: 46% – 54%
Goal Attempts: 13- 9
Shots on Goal: 5 – 5
Shots off Goal: 3 – 2
Blocked Shots: 5 – 2
Free Kicks: 16 – 11
Corner Kicks: 4 – 5
Offsides: 2 – 0
Goalkeeper Saves: 3 – 1
Fouls: 8 – 17
Red Cards: 0 – 0
Yellow Cards: 0 – 2
Total Passes: 423 – 498
Tackles: 5 – 10
Attacks: 87 – 101
Dangerous Attacks: 41 – 36

Gunners revive their European Hopes with a resounding victory over Leeds United on Sunday evening. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat trick while Hector Bellerin got his first goal for the club since January 2020.

Bernd Leno and David Luiz returned to the starting Line up and Martin Odegaard with Dani Ceballos were restored to the team.

The Gunners began the game brightly, ensuring that they stiffened the Leeds defense with Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Odegaard combining beautifully to create space for Aubameyang down the middle. The creativity would payout in the 13th minute when Granit Xhaka fed Aubameyang with a neat pass down the left, the Skipper showed nice footwork to beat his defender and send a low drive into the net to put the Gunners ahead.

Bukayo Saka thought he had won a penalty when he was fouled in the box by Liam Cooper. The referee awarded a penalty but he rescinded it after consulting with VAR. Leeds did not learn their lesson from that as their goalkeeper, Illan Meslier brought down Saka again in the box, and this time the penalty was given and Aubameyang converted it from the spot to put the Gunners 2 goals ahead and also score his 200th goal in European football. On the stroke of halftime, the Gunners grabbed a 3rd goal through Hector Bellerin. The defender finishing up a fine through ball from Dani Ceballos and firing into the net to ensure that the Gunners go into the break 3 – 0 ahead.

Aubameyang completed his hat trick and Arsenal’s fourth goal of the evening immediately after the restart after Smith Rowe sent a beautiful cross across to the far post and the striker headed into the net. From then on, it was going to be one outcome in the game. The Gunners looked like they were going to give up their 4- goal lead when a late surge from Leeds United saw them grab 2 goals in the space of 10 minutes, first through Struijk’s 58th-minute header and the second was from Costa’s 67th minute right – footed shot to give the Gunners a nervous ending, reminding them of their historic 4-4 draw against Newcastle but that was not to happen as they held on firm to secure a much needed 3 points after 2 consecutive losses.
The Gunners will have to keep their legs on the pedal as they prepare to play 4 games in a space of 15 days, with a Europa League game against Benfica on Thursday night next to play.

Arsenal vs Leeds review

on Aubameyang…

“Yes, I thought he was superb today. He’s been training really well in the last week or so, he was back to normal, he looked really committed in training, really hungry. I think today he had a great performance, not only for the goals but for the way he worked without the ball as well. The amount of pressure he put on every Leeds defender and he set the tone for the team. I’m delighted for him, he deserves it.”

~ Mikel Arteta

THINGS TO KNOW!

*Aubameyang scored his first EPL hattrick for the Gunners.

* This was also the Gunners first EPL hattrick since Aaron Ramsey last scored a hat trick against Everton in February 2018. The same day Aubameyang made his EPL debut.

* This was Aubameyang’s 199th, 200th and 201st European goals of his career.

WHAT IS NEXT?

A Europa league game on Thursday night against Benfica is next in line before a weekend game against Manchester City, another mid-week Europa league match against Benfica then a weekend game with Leicester City to round up a very busy schedule of fixtures for the Gunners.

COYG!!!

Match Review by Patrick Alexander