Arsenal Scrape Through Against Leeds to Top Table
Last Updated: October 17, 2022, 00:04 IST
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka scores their side’s first goal of the game during the Premier League match betweem Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road in Leeds, Britain, Sunday Oct. 16, 2022. (Tim Goode/PA via AP)
Bukayo Saka’s 35th-minute goal was enough to earn all three points on offer as the English forward smashed the ball high into the net from close range after receiving a pass from captain Martin Odegaard to ensure Arsenal remain top of the table
Arsenal held on for a scrappy 1-0 win over Leeds in an eventful match brimming with controversy on Sunday to guarantee it stays top of the Premier League.
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Leeds missed a penalty and had another overturned during a review in a game that was delayed for more than 30 minutes after an electrical fault at Elland Road led to the players coming off just two minutes in.
After it resumed, Bukayo Saka broke the deadlock in the 35th minute when the England forward smashed the ball high into the net from close range after receiving a pass from captain Martin Odegaard.
Leeds sent on forward Patrick Bamford to start the second half and the change looked to be an inspired one. The Englishman put the ball in the Arsenal goal within minutes only for it to be ruled out for a push on Arsenal defender Gabriel.
With Leeds pressing, Arsenal defender William Saliba gave away a penalty for handling in the area. Bamford stepped up but sent the ball wide.
The home side continued to pressure the league leaders and appeared to have secured another opportunity to equalize when referee Chris Kavanagh sent off Arsenal’s Gabriel for lashing out at Bamford and awarded a penalty in stoppage time.
However, he overturned both the sending-off and the penalty award after reviewing footage of the incident at the pitchside monitor.
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