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Arsenal Beat 10-Man Leeds 2-1 To Strengthen 4th In PL

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Arsenal Beat 10-Man Leeds 2-1 To Strengthen 4th In PL

 

Arsenal 2-1 Leeds: Mikel Arteta’s team has a four-point gap to bitter North London rivals, Spurs ahead of Thursday’s crucial derby.

In-depth match report as Arsenal moved four points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur after a hard-fought  2-1 win over 10-man Leeds Utd; Eddie Nketiah’s scored two goals in just minutes of play; Luke Ayling saw red after a dangerous two-footed tackle on Gabriel Martinelli but 10-man Leeds struck through Diego Llorente in the second half; Mikel Arteta’s team held on for a vital win.

Arsenal’s 2-1 win over 10-man  Leeds Utd in the Premier League(PL) strengthen their grip on fourth place, heading into Thursday’s crucial North London derby away at Spurs.

 

While Arsenal hoped to solidify fourth place, Leeds needed all three points to put some distance between themselves and Everton, who were in 18th place.

 

After Tottenham Hotspur’s secured a  1-1 draw with Liverpool on Saturday night at Anfield, the Gunners knew a win would see them solidify fourth place ahead of a crucial north London derby and they got the perfect start as Eddie Nketiah’s double inside the first 10 minutes set them on the path to victory.

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Leeds struggled to gain a foothold in the game, and their fate was sealed when Luke Ayling was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Gabriel Martinelli, which was upgraded to a red card after a VAR intervention.

 

After the break, Leeds grabbed a lifeline from nowhere as Diego Llorente struck at the far post to set up a tense finish, but the Gunners, who were hanging on at the end, clung on for a nervy victory.

 

Arsenal Beat 10-Man Leeds 2-1 To Strengthen 4th In PL

Diego Llorente pulls a goal back for Leeds Utd

 

It sets up a crucial game against Spurs on Thursday (kick-off at 7.45 pm), when the Gunners, who are now just one point behind third-placed Chelsea, could clinch Champions League football with a win.

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Meanwhile, it is a disheartening day for Leeds Utd, despite a spirited second-half performance, ends with them in the relegation zone with three games remaining after Everton’s 2-1 victory at Leicester.

 


Team News

 

  • Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta made just one alteration from their win at West Ham as Cedric Soares replaced Nuno Tavares.

 

  • Leeds Utd boss Jesse Marsch made three changes for the trip to Arsenal. Daniel James, Diego Llorente and Joe Gelhardt came in as Pascal Struijk and Rodrigo dropped to the bench with Stuart Dallas ruled out for the season.

 


 

Here are the thoughts of Man Of The Match, Eddie Nketiah

 

Arsenal Beat 10-Man Leeds 2-1 To Strengthen 4th In PL

Eddie Nketiah scored both Arsenal goals in the 2-1 victory over Leeds

 

“It’s always nice to score but it was a big three points.

 

“We’ve been working hard and want to get it for the fans. It’s amazing to get the three points, it moves us closer to our objectives.

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On getting more game time in the team: “Any player just wants to be playing and get the opportunities. I’ve worked hard throughout the season to make sure that I was ready when I get my chance and credit to my teammates for helping me play and do well. I’m just happy in the team and help.”

 

On whether days like today entice him to stay: “It’s a great atmosphere throughout the whole season, it’s been excellent. You really feel the connection between the players and the fans, it’s amazing to be involved.”

 


 

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Arsenal takes a trip to Tottenham on Thursday night for a crunch north London derby, kick-off at 7:45 pm, as both teams battle it out for a place in Uefa Champions League. Mikel Arteta’s team then travels to Newcastle on Monday kick-off at 8 pm.