Arsenal Maintain Premier League Lead With Resounding Victory Over Leeds Utd
Gabriel Jesus returned from injury to score twice as Arsenal beat Leeds United to maintain an 8-point lead over second-placed Manchester City.
Recall that Manchester City beat Liverpool 4-1 earlier today to cut down Arsenal’s lead to 5 points. But Arsenal have successfully overturned that with a resounding victory over Leeds.
Aside from increasing their point gap from 5 to eight points, the biggest factor for coach Mikel Arteta was the fact that Gabriel Jesus scored for the first time since October.
During the league game, Leeds United showed determination to take the day, especially in the first 30 minutes.
Leeds’ Rasmus Kristensen, Crysencio Summerville, and Jack Harrison all tested the home goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale during the first 30 minutes.
But in the 35th minute, Jesus gave Arsenal the lead from the penalty spot. He won the spot-kick thanks to Luke Ayling’s mistimed challenge on him. The Leeds defender slid to the floor and connected with the Brazilian striker which left the referee with no choice but to award Arsenal a penalty.
Two minutes into the second half, Gabriel Martinelli’s low cross was converted by Ben White which further weakened the visitors.
The 2-0 lead gave Arsenal more confidence to take charge of the game and continued to press for more goals.
Their pressure on their visitors paid off when Jesus made it 3-0 with a spectacular first-time finish from a perfectly placed cross from Leandro Trossard.
Rasmus Kristensen attempted to lead a comeback for Leeds United when his shot deflected on Oleksandr Zinchenko in the 76th minute.
However, Granit Xhaka made it 4-1 with a diving header from Martin Odegaard’s cross with six minutes left on the clock.