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Arsenal 2-1 Leeds

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Arsenal 2-1 Leeds

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Though they ultimately had to drag the result over the line, Arsenal claimed a merited three points following their dominant first-half display.

Victory takes the Gunners four points clear of Tottenham in the race for fourth place.

But due to Everton’s win at Leicester, Leeds slipped into the bottom three with just three games left to play.

Today, the visitors were architects of their downfall, having given away a goal and gone down to 10 men early on, but battled bravely after the break and remained in the fight for survival.

Starting lineup:

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Aaron Ramsdale; Takehiro Tomiyasu, Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding, Cedric Soares; Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli; Eddie Nketiah.

SUBS: Bernd Leno, Zak Swanson, Charlie Patino, Salah-Edine Oulad M’hand, Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Emile Smith Rowe, Nuno Tavares.

LEEDS UNITED (4-2-3-1): Illan Meslier; Luke Ayling, Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Junior Firpo; Mateusz Klich, Kalvin Phillips; Raphinha, Daniel James, Jack Harrison; Joe Gelhardt.

SUBS: Kristoffer Klaesson, Lewis Bate, Leo Fuhr Hjelde, Pascal Struijk, Jamie Shackleton, Rodrigo Moreno, Charlie Cresswell, Sam Greenwood, Archie Gray.

Goals:

ARSENAL LEAD! A horrible howler by Meslier gifts the Gunners an early opener as Nketiah chases down a big gap to nick the ball off the young goalkeeper’s boot inside the six-yard box and turns it into the empty net! That’s a bright play from the former Leeds striker, who refuses to celebrate, but Meslier is the clear culprit. Arsenal 1-0 Leeds!

NKETIAH DOUBLES UP! Arsenal’s striker scored again versus his old club after Martinelli charges to the left byline and cuts the ball back into the centre of the box. Nketiah stays cool to divert the ball into the back of the net, and the Gunners are already 2-0 ahead!

LEEDS, PULL ONE BACK! From nowhere, Leeds’ first corner of the match is flicked on at the near post by Firpo, who leaps highest of several contenders, and Llorente coolly volleys the ball past Ramsdale at the back post, where he waits unmarked. One-shot; one goal – 10-man Leeds half their deficit!

So, what’s next?

While Arsenal’s destiny may well be decided by Thursday’s North London derby – where they can secure Champions League qualification with a win over arch-rivals Spurs – Leeds will return to Elland Road for a midweek clash with third-placed Chelsea.

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