Arsenal hosted Leeds United in a Premier League fixture with both teams having different objectives. For Arsenal, they were looking to respond after Manchester City’s win earlier in the day increased the pressure on the league leaders. Leeds were hoping to propel themselves further up the table.
Arsenal started the game on the front foot and looked to chip the ball over the top of the Leeds defence a couple of times, but the away side was playing a low block, leaving no space for such an attack. Leeds have won only two of their 23 Premier League games against the league leaders, one against Middlesbrough in August 2000 and the other against Man City in April 2021; both victories were away.
Arsenal tried to create chances and had a good opportunity to score in the 31st minute when Xhaka chipped a cross into the middle of the box with Jesus running off his marker. Unmarked, the striker headed over. Leeds also had an opportunity to score in the first 15 minutes but failed to convert. Arsenal had to deal with illness that kept their star man Bukayo Saka on the bench, but they managed to win the game 4-1, taking them back to eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
The win was significant for Arsenal as they lost their lead at the top of the table following Man City’s win earlier that day. Arsenal’s victory extended their lead over Manchester City to eight points with 16 games to play. Bukayo Saka remained on the bench, but Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was pleased to secure victory in the absence of the youngster. Arsenal will now focus on their next game against Aston Villa as they look to maintain their lead at the top of the table.