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Diego Llorente
Junior Firpo
2 - 1
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T. Tomiyasu
Yellow Card
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L. Ayling
Red Card
10'
E. Nketiah
Gabriel Martinelli
2 - 0
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E. Nketiah
Goal
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Shots On Target 9 2
Total Passes 621 364
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Commentary

That's all from the Emirates Stadium today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
While Arsenal's destiny may well be decided by Thursday's North London derby - where they can secure Champions League qualification with a win over arch-rivals Spurs - Leeds will return to Elland Road for a midweek clash with third-placed Chelsea.
Though they ultimately had to drag the result over the line, Arsenal claim a merited three points following their dominant first-half display. Victory takes the Gunners four points clear of Tottenham in the race for fourth place, but due to Everton's win at Leicester, Leeds slip into the bottom three with just three games left to play. The visitors were architects of their own downfall today, having given away a goal and gone down to 10 men early on, but battled bravely after the break and still remain in the fight for survival.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 2-1 LEEDS UNITED
90' + 3' Meslier is up in the Arsenal area again, but it is Firpo who wins the ball with a header, which almost falls fortuitously to Rodrigo inside the six-yard box. Well placed to gather the ball, Ramsdale intervenes.
A. Lacazette
E. Nketiah
90' + 1' Following a first-half brace against his former club, Nketiah makes way in stoppage time. Lacazette will be his replacement.
90' After the corner is cleared away at the near post by Arsenal, Meslier is stranded in the opposition area! However, covering across, James prevents Pepe racing clear to shoot at an open goal from near the halfway line.
89' A rare Leeds break ends with Tomiyasu turning the ball behind for a corner under pressure from Koch near the byline. Meslier is coming up for the set-piece!
86' With a total of 19 shots at goal and boasting 74 per cent of the possession during this second half, Arsenal are somehow only one goal to the good - surely they won't be punished for such profligacy?
84' Meslier plucks the ball out of the air near his right-hand post, after Odegaard prods a disappointing free-kick from 20 yards towards goal. After an interminable build-up, it was hardly worth waiting for.
82' An extravagant dipping cross from the left by Xhaka finds Cedric in space at the back post, but the full-back cannot quite make clean contact and only steers the ball behind for a Leeds goal-kick.
80' All the pressure is coming from Arsenal, who are patiently pursuing a decisive third goal, but Leeds have already struck from a set-piece and may get one more chance to equalise if they can withstand this assault.
E. Smith Rowe
Gabriel Martinelli
78' Despite cramp disrupting his second half, Martinelli has excelled today, and takes some warm applause from the home fans as he makes way for Smith Rowe.
76' Almost immediately, the VAR decides that even though the ball did strike Koch on the arm, it had bounced up from the ground and he could not have got out of the way. No penalty!
76' Just before Arsenal take a corner, the VAR indicates a penalty check against Leeds, after the ball apparently struck Koch's arm on the way out of play. A tense wait is in store for the visitors.
74' JUST WIDE! Elneny's perceptive pass through the centre picks out Odegaard on the right side of the area, but after he takes a touch to shift the ball into a better position to shoot, his low strike zips narrowly wide of the right-hand post. Both Struijk and Llorente did well to close him down, but it's a good chance spurned.
72' After further treatment, Martinelli returns to the fray, and will attempt to see out the final minutes.
70' Apparently affected by cramp, Martinelli is receiving assistance from substitute Nuno Tavares near the touchline, so proceedings are brought to a temporary halt.
N. Pépé
B. Saka
68' Arteta reacts to conceding a goal by withdrawing Saka, and Pepe comes on.
Junior Firpo
Assist
66' An excellent jump by Firpo helped him flick the ball on to the back post from the near, following the first Leeds corner of the game.
Diego Llorente
Goal
66' LEEDS PULL ONE BACK! From nowhere, Leeds' first corner of the match is flicked on at the near post by Firpo, who leaps highest of several contenders, and Llorente coolly volleys the ball past Ramsdale at the back post, where he waits unmarked. One shot; one goal - 10-man Leeds half their deficit!
T. Tomiyasu
Yellow Card
64' For a crunching challenge on James in midfield, Tomiyasu is shown a yellow card.
62' CLOSE! Martinelli again misses the target, after Cedric's cross picks out Xhaka on the left side of the area and the Swiss midfielder chests the ball perfectly into his team-mate's path. It was a slightly snatched effort, which spins wide of the right-hand post.
Rodrigo
Raphinha
60' On a booking since before the break, Raphinha makes way for Rodrigo.
59' MISS! After Nketiah attempts to turn on the edge of the box, the ball bounces up off Koch and nicely into the path of Martinelli. However, on the stretch, under pressure from Struijk, he skies his effort from inside the area well over the crossbar.
57' Leeds are hanging on in there, as they survive three successive Arsenal corners, each of which has put Meslier under pressure.
55' SAVE! Keeping the ball out at his near post, Meslier parries the ball behind for an Arsenal corner, after the irrepressible Martinelli turns two men on the left and fires in a powerful strike from close range.
53' Only Watford and West Ham (eight each) are on a longer current run of games without a clean sheet than Arsenal (6), so Arteta will surely expect his side to end that streak today, given how the game has panned out.
51' On the edge of the box, Gabriel attempts to roll the challenge of Struijk and turn the ball goalwards, but his effort lacks power and dribbles straight along the turf to Meslier.
50' Arsenal have started brightly in pursuit of a third goal, and twice Martinelli sees attempts to cross into the box cleared away by blue Leeds shirts.
48' Stayling alert, Koch just does enough to take Odegaard's dipping cross from the right off the boot of Martinelli, who was lurking in the centre of the six-yard box.
L. Bate
M. Klich
46' On a booking from the first half, Klich makes way for Bate in the Leeds midfield.
46' We are back under way at the Emirates, and Leeds have made another change at the interval.
With Everton leading in the concurrent Premier League game, Leeds are now 45 minutes away from slipping into the bottom three. Yet it would take a minor miracle for them to turn this one around against such motivated and vibrant opponents.
Rarely can a half of Premier League football have been so one-sided as today's at the Emirates, as Arsenal have utterly dominated from first whistle to last. With Leeds going down a goal down due to Meslier's mistake, then a man down when Ayling succumbed to a rush of blood to the head, they offered the in-form Gunners plenty of encouragement, and were deeply involved in their own downfall. As the hosts' front three have been in sparkling form and look hungry for more goals, the worst may even be yet to come for Marsch's men.
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: ARSENAL 2-0 LEEDS UNITED
45' + 2' Leeds are settled deep inside their defensive third, as Arsenal probe patiently in search of an opening. This must make painful viewing for their travelling fans.
45' Largely due to the VAR check for Ayling's dismissal, four minutes of first-half stoppage time have been indicated by the officials.
43' A tally of 11 shots to none for Leeds tells the tale of Arsenal's first-half dominance, and eight of those attempts came from inside the box.
41' Leeds are in complete disarray at the moment, as their hosts simply toy with them. Marsch will be delighted if his team can make it to half-time only two goals behind.
40' From outside the area, Xhaka has a left-footed attempt comfortably saved by Meslier in the bottom-right corner.
39' OFF THE LINE! Llorente intervenes after Meslier flaps at Odegaard's drive from a free-kick, taken just outside the area, on the right. The Leeds defender then had to flick the ball clear under pressure, and Leeds hang on!
38' SAVE! Meslier uses his feet to block Martinelli's shot from a tight angle inside the box, and the ball squirms across the area and away to relative safety before a flag is belatedly raised for offside.
36' In addition to Ayling's dismissal, Leeds have now received 96 yellow cards in the Premier League this season - the most by any team in a single campaign.
M. Klich
Yellow Card
34' Klich is the latest man to lose his cool in the Sunday sunshine, as he needlessly tackles Xhaka from behind and brings the Swiss midfielder down. That's another yellow card.
32' Though they are only marginally ahead in terms of possession so far, Arsenal have won 65 per cent of duels to Leeds' 35 today - demonstrating their greater sharpness and confidence.
30' Tomiyasu turns a header from the right side of the six-yard box wide of the right post following a cross out on the far side.
P. Struijk
J. Gelhardt
29' To compensate for the loss of their right-back, Gelhardt is substituted by Leeds, and Struijk comes on to join the back four.
L. Ayling
Red Card
27' LEEDS DOWN TO 10! Ayling is sent off for his reckless two-footed challenge, as the VAR instructs the on-field referee to review his decision to show him only a yellow card. After a brief check, it is upgraded to red, and Leeds are up against it now!
Raphinha
Yellow Card
27' For aggressively arguing with the referee about the Ayling incident, Raphina is booked, but has clearly lost his head and then has to be led away by team-mates before seeing red.
25' Beaten by Martinelli on the right byline, Ayling rushes into a two-footed challenge, which upends the Arsenal winger. Though the referee issues an immediate yellow card, the VAR will now assess the incident again. This does not look good for the Leeds defender!
24' Saka finds himself in space on the right side of the area, but mishits his shot straight at Meslier from 20 yards out. That was a good opening, but the goalkeeper was barely troubled.
22' After Cedric, Saka and Odegaard combine smartly on the right, the latter's cutback from the byline is only partly cleared and falls to the former on the edge of the box. However, Cedric's drive flies off target and into the stands.
20' The pace has dropped at the Emirates, as Arsenal deliberately take control of possession with a two-goal lead already established. Leeds look frustrated, but despite all their harrying, cannot retrieve the ball.
18' Elneny speads the ball out wide to Martinelli on the left, and the Brazilian battles well to evade three Leeds challenges before standing a dangerous ball up to the far post. Nketiah is within inches of making clean contact to net a first-half hat-trick, but it just brushes his boot and slips past the right-hand post.
Gabriel Magalhães
Yellow Card
16' A totally needless sliding challenge on James inside the centre-circle sees Gabriel receive the game's first yellow card. That was a rash tackle, and he has to negotiate more than an hour on a booking.
14' Arsenal are on the attack again, and under pressure, Llorente is forced to put the ball behind for a corner. Fortunately for the visitors, it ultimately comes to nothing.
12' Before their disastrous start today, Leeds had kept clean sheets in their previous two away matches, after conceding in each of their eight beforehand - shipping 27 goals in the process.
Gabriel Martinelli
Assist
10' Martinelli was decisive down the left flank, and pulled the ball back with precision from the byline; picking out Nketiah in space.
E. Nketiah
Goal
10' NKETIAH DOUBLES UP! Arsenal's striker scores again versus his old club, after Martinelli charges to the left byline and cuts the ball back into the centre of the box. Nketiah stays cool to divert the ball into the back of the net, and the Gunners are already 2-0 ahead!
9' Arsenal are growing in confidence, as they build patiently from midfield, and Leeds look shell-shocked by their awful start.
7' Already a goal down today, Leeds hadn’t kept a clean sheet in any of their previous 12 away league games against Arsenal, since a goalless draw in February 1993.
E. Nketiah
Goal
5' ARSENAL LEAD! A horrible howler by Meslier gifts the Gunners an early opener, as Nketiah chases down a big gap to nick the ball off the young goalkeeper's boot inside the six-yard box and turns it into the empty net! That's bright play from the former Leeds striker, who refuses to celebrate, but Meslier is the clear culprit. Arsenal 1-0 Leeds!
3' Odegaard's cross from the free-kick is cleared away to safety, amid a frantic start to the game, in which Leeds are closing their hosts down with great enthusiasm.
2' After a tussle near the right byline, Saka wins an early free-kick for Arsenal, after Firpo brings him down five yards outside the area.
1' We are under way at the Emirates!
The players are now out on the pitch in sunny North London, with kick-off just moments away!
Partly due to Stuart Dallas beginning an extended injury layoff, following his leg fracture sustained against Manchester City, Leeds make three changes to their starting XI today. While Llorente returns at centre-back in place of Struijk, teenage striker Gelhardt displaces Rodrigo, who is demoted to the bench. James also comes into the team, but Adam Forshaw, Patrick Bamford and Liam Cooper all remain sidelined.
Arsenal make only one change to the team that started against West Ham last Sunday, with Cedric Soares coming in at left-back ahead of Portuguese compatriot Nuno Tavares. A hamstring problem sees Ben White's absence from the hosts' back four continue, so Holding deputises once more. Meanwhile, former Leeds loanee Nketiah is again selected instead of Lacazette up front.
SUBS: Kristoffer Klaesson, Lewis Bate, Leo Fuhr Hjelde, Pascal Struijk, Jamie Shackleton, Rodrigo Moreno, Charlie Cresswell, Sam Greenwood, Archie Gray.
LEEDS UNITED (4-2-3-1): Illan Meslier; Luke Ayling, Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Junior Firpo; Mateusz Klich, Kalvin Phillips; Raphinha, Daniel James, Jack Harrison; Joe Gelhardt.
SUBS: Bernd Leno, Zak Swanson, Charlie Patino, Salah-Edine Oulad M'hand, Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Emile Smith Rowe, Nuno Tavares.
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Aaron Ramsdale; Takehiro Tomiyasu, Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding, Cedric Soares; Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli; Eddie Nketiah.
Still deeply embroiled in a relegation battle, Leeds United need points from their trip to the capital to climb clear of the Premier League's bottom three. Jesse Marsch's men were thumped 4-0 by Manchester City at Elland Road last time out, and sit 17th in the table - just two points clear of 18th-placed Everton. Having been knocked out of the EFL Cup by today's hosts, the Whites also suffered a 4-1 league loss to Arsenal just before Christmas - the Gunners' ninth victory from these clubs' last 11 encounters.
Having beaten West Ham United 2-1 in their most recent Premier League outing, to post a third consecutive win - following victories over Chelsea and Manchester United - the prize of Champions League qualification is still firmly in Arsenal's hands. Mikel Arteta's side sit one point clear of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur with today's game in hand, before Thursday's potentially decisive derby. During the 2021-22 campaign, the Gunners have only picked up fewer points than Liverpool and Manchester City on home soil, so will start as favourites to complete a third win against Leeds this season.
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