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Player rankings as Bukayo Saka fires Gunners again to the highest of the desk

From Elland Road – Arsenal moved again to the highest of the Premier League desk with a 1-0 win at Leeds on Sunday afternoon.

The solely purpose of the sport arrived ten minutes earlier than the break as Bukayo Saka latched onto a bemusing cross-field ball from Rodrigo and exchanged passes with Martin Odegaard earlier than smashing excessive past Illan Meslier.

The sport itself started in weird style as simply 180 seconds had handed when it was stopped as a result of {an electrical} fault, which minimize out quite a few platforms similar to VAR and Hawk-eye. The sport was suspended for 40 minutes earlier than resuming.

Once underway it was Leeds who confirmed some early promise with the recalled Luis Sinisterra firing simply huge on two events.

Arsenal got here shut on 22 minutes as Odegaard teed up Gabriel Jesus with a luxurious flick, however from the huge angle the Brazilian may solely hearth over.

Then from the same place, little over 10 minutes later, Saka made no mistake as he fired house after nice work from Odegaard – though Rodrigo’s ill-judged cross was so dreadful he was subbed for Patrick Bamford on the interval.

Just 30 seconds into the second half and Bamford thought he had levelled issues. Marc Roca delivered a harmful ball into the field and Bamford battled for the ball earlier than firing house. But referee Chris Kavanagh adjudged Bamford to have used his arm, VAR backed up his ruling but it surely regarded an extremely harsh determination.

The introduction of Bamford although, made an enormous distinction. After his disallowed purpose, he was despatched clear twice once more – solely to be denied by Aaron Ramsdale within the away purpose.

Again Bamford was concerned as Leeds received a penalty on the hour mark as William Saliba was dominated to have dealt with the ball – after Kavanagh consulted VAR on the sideline. The Leeds striker was given the prospect to degree the sport, however fired his effort huge.

Bamford and Leeds continued to trigger issues for Arsenal because the guests sat deeper and deeper, and it was once more the half-time substitute who was on the centre of but extra controversy.

Three minutes into added time, Bamford bumped into Gabriel, who reacted by kicking out – Kavanagh gave Gabriel a straight pink and a penalty. But then when referred to as over by VAR – the choice was overturned and Gabriel solely given a yellow.

After all of the dramatics the Gunners held agency within the last minutes to seize the win and return to high of the desk. For Leeds one other defeat means they’re nonetheless with no win since August, and firmly entrenched within the Premier League relegation battle.

Rodrigo Moreno, Granit Xhaka

Rodrigo did not make it to the second half / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

GK: Illan Meslier – 6/10 – Decent, however regardless of how good a shot – you should not be crushed at your close to submit.

RB: Rasmus Kristiansen – 6/10 – Solid sufficient towards Martinelli, particularly second-half, however supplied little in assault.

CB: Liam Cooper (c) – 6/10 – With Gabriel Jesus dropping deep a lot, typically had little to do however marshalled backline properly sufficient.

CB: Robin Koch – 6/10 – Like Cooper typically had no person to mark, however helped out with Martinelli when he may.

LB: Pascal Struijk – 5/10 – Never appears to be like pure as a full-back and was typically crushed by Saka when he ran at him, together with for the purpose.

CM: Tyler Adams – 5/10 – Battled properly with Granit Xhaka all through, however supplied little offensively.

CM: Marc Roca – 6/10 – A category act with some pretty passing, however most likely did not see the ball sufficient.

RM: Brenden Aaronson – 5/10 – Some good touches however had little affect on the sport when stuck-out huge – higher when he got here central.

AM: Jack Harrison – 4/10 – Strange to Harrison taking part in centrally…he struggled from the off ready that regarded overseas to him.

LM: Luis Sinisterra – 7/10 – Looked vibrant all through and precipitated issues within the latter third. Easily Leeds’ greatest participant.

ST: Rodrigo – 2/10 – Not an excellent day and his woeful cross created Saka’s purpose. He was hauled off at half-time.

Manager: Jesse Marsch – 6/10 – A whole lot of the ahead gamers regarded like they had been taking part in out of place however determination to carry on Bamford was very constructive.

SUB: Patrick Bamford – 6/10 – (46′ for Rodrigo) – He may have received the sport for Leeds, he’ll marvel how he did not rating.

SUB: Mateusz Klich (75′ for Harrison) – N/A

SUB: Crysencio Summerville (85′ Roca) – N/A
SUB: Joe Gelhardt (85′ Sinisterra) – N/A

Martin Oedegaard

Martin Odegaard impressed for Arsenal / Eddie Keogh/GettyImages

GK: Aaron Ramsdale – 6/10 – Some suspect kicking and dealing with, however a clean-sheet is a clean-sheet.

RB: Ben White – 4/10 – Struggled towards Sinisterra who was beating him at will a lot of the day.

CB: William Saliba – 6/10 – Not his greatest day the workplace with some passing, and gave away penalty.

CB: Gabriel – 5/10 – Looked very ropey all through and Bamford received past him far too many instances.

LB: Takehiro Tomiyasu – 6/10 – Helped by Leeds’ determination to not put a winger up towards him for a lot of the match – first rate.

CM: Thomas Partey – 8/10 – Outstanding holding efficiency from the Ghana star. Bossed the center and the ball.

AM: Granit Xhaka – 6/10 – Playing very excessive subsequent to Odegaard, and was robust to choose up and stuffed with operating.

AM: Martin Odegaard – 8/10 – Looked like creating an opportunity each time he picked up the ball – pleasure to look at. Picked up harm.

RW: Bukayo Saka – 8/10 – Worked up and down all day, as you count on, and produced world-class end for purpose.

ST: Gabriel Jesus – 6/10 – Came to deep all day for the ball – he signed for Arsenal to play as a 9 – he did not at the moment.

LW: Gabriel Martinelli – 6/10 –
Great first-half however noticed little or no in second interval.

Manager: Mikel Arteta – 6/10 – Arsenal weren’t at their greatest however the set-up enabled them to say the win

SUB: Kieran Tierney (75′ for White) – N/A

SUB: Fabio Vieira (71′ for Odegaard) – N/A

SUB: Rob Holding (80′ for Saka) – N/A

SUB: Eddie Nketiah (80′ for Jesus) – N/A

Player of the Match – Thomas Partey

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