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Leeds United v Arsenal Live Commentary, 16/10/2022

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B. Saka (35)
Elland Road

Commentary

That's all for today. Goodbye.
Next up, Leeds go to Leicester City looking to win for the first time in six matches, with Arsenal hosting PSV in the Europa League.
Substitute Bamford missed a penalty as a first half goal from Saka claimed all three points for league leaders Arsenal. The only goal of the game came after a bizarre decision from Rodrigo. Moving forward, the Spaniard curled the ball across the pitch towards Struijk with Saka getting there first. The England international played a one-two with captain Odegaard before lashing the ball into the roof of the net. Strong in the opening 45 minutes, Arsenal hung on in the second. The introduction of Bamford was immediate, with the striker poking the ball in the net. However, the goal disallowed for a push on Gabriel. The former Middlesbrough striker gave his side energy. He was denied by Ramsdale twice in quick succession and had a chance to beat the goalkeeper from the spot. VAR intervened after Saliba handled in the box, with Bamford dragging his attempt wide. Summerville also curled the ball over before Gabriel was given a red card. The Leeds forward was involved again, pushing the Brazilian in the back who kicked out. However, after a VAR check, it was downgraded to a yellow card, with Bamford penalised for a foul on the defender.
90' + 10' FULL-TIME: LEEDS UNITED 0-1 ARSENAL
90' + 9' Leeds have a corner with Meslier forward. Tomiyasu gets there first with Aaronson slicing a volley from outside the box.
90' + 7' Deep into the additional time after the VAR check. Whistles are coming from the away section.
Gabriel Magalhães
Yellow Card
Arsenal
90' + 5' Gabriel gets a yellow card for his kick on Bamford and Arsenal have a free-kick. Bamford fouled the defender with a push in the back.
90' + 3' Drama between Gabriel and Bamford. Looking to allow the ball to bounce back to Ramsdale, the Arsenal defender blocks the striker. Bamford bundles into the Brazilian, who kicks the Englishman in frustration. He is shown a red card, but the referee has gone to the monitor. The nudge from Bamford is being checked for a foul.
90' There will be six minutes of additional time.
J. Gelhardt
L. Sinisterra
Leeds United
89' Substitution for Leeds. Sinisterra is replaced by Gelhardt.
89' OVER! Summerville sends the ball over from close range. The substitute passed it into Bamford who pushed it wide to Aaronson. The American then squared it back to Summerville who could not find the target.
87' The short free-kick is played into Martinelli who evades one tackle before running the ball out for a goal-kick.
86' Nketiah lays the ball into the path of Martinelli who is grabbed by Kristensen. The Arsenal man earns a free-kick with the away fans appreciating his efforts.
85' Vieira's whipped corner is flicked towards the goal by Nketiah but the substitute hits the side of the net with his effort.
C. Summerville
Marc Roca
Leeds United
84' Substitution for Leeds. Summerville replaces Roca who sprints off the pitch looking to waste no time with the substitution.
82' It has been 30 minutes since Arsenal last attempted a shot in this game. It has been all Leeds in the second half.
E. Nketiah
Gabriel Jesus
Arsenal
82' Substitution for Arsenal. Jesus is replaced by Nketiah who previously had a short spell at Leeds
R. Holding
B. Saka
Arsenal
82' Arsenal make a defensive substitution with Holding replacing Saka.
79' This is Arsenal’s fifth Premier League game this season starting the day top of the table, already two more such games than in their seven previous campaigns combined (3). Indeed, it’s their most in a single campaign since 2013-14 (14). They will remain at the top of the table by the end of today if the score remains the same.
77' Ramsdale makes another save. This time he palms away a curling effort from Aaronson who shuffled the ball past Xhaka outside the box.
K. Tierney
B. White
Arsenal
76' Substitution for Arsenal. White is replaced by Tierney. Tomiyasu moves to right-back with the former Celtic man on the left.
M. Klich
J. Harrison
Leeds United
75' Substitution for Leeds. Harrison is replaced by Klich.
74' Leeds have created an xG of 1.71 but are yet to score. Arsenal have found the net with an xG of just 0.47.
Fábio Vieira
M. Ødegaard
Arsenal
73' Arsenal's assister Odegaard is replaced by Vieira.
70' SAVE! Bamford could be on a hat-trick but is yet to score. A precise ball from Harrison finds the striker who runs beyond Saliba before poking the ball straight at Ramsdale who comes out quickly to block the shot.
68' Just outside the Arsenal box, Bamford drags Saliba to the floor. Free-kick has been given and the pressure is lifted.
66' BLOCKED! Leeds have been all over Arsenal. Aaronson squares the ball across to Sinisterra who strolls into the box unmarked before having his shot blocked by Gabriel. Xhaka is down with the Leeds fans chanting Bamford's name.
P. Bamford
Penalty Miss
Leeds United
64' WIDE! Bamford has been crucial in Leeds' start to the second half but drags his penalty wide of the right post. Arsenal retain their 1-0 lead.
W. Saliba
Yellow Card
Arsenal
62' Under pressure from Roca, Saliba controls the ball inside the box with his arm and is given a yellow card.
62' PENALTY! Kavanagh points to the penalty spot after the ball hit the hand of Saliba, who looks to control the ball. Players from both sides crowd the box.
60' PENALTY CLAIM! Leeds think they should have a penalty after the ball hit the hand of Saliba inside the box. The referee has been asked to check the monitor.
57' Running onto a long ball, Harrison pushes Tomiyasu in the back. He thinks he's through down the right but the referee gives a free-kick. He complains, stating that the assistant referee did not wave his flag.
55' Aaronson slips the ball into Bamford this time. It's White who keeps the striker onside, but he cannot get a shot away and the goalkeeper gets his hands on the ball. Leeds have certainly been the better side after the introduction of Bamford.
53' SAVE! Bamford makes the most of Saliba's heavy touch on the ball. He gains possession just outside the box but fires a low shot straight at Ramsdale who claims the ball on the second attempt.
51' Martinelli does well. He bursts down the left and wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Kristensen celebrates the tackle but the Arsenal man had three men around him.
49' Arsenal have a record of W6, D0, L0 when leading at half-time in the Premier League this season.
47' NO GOAL! Bamford flicks the ball past Ramsdale after Tomiyasu inadvertently played the ball into his path. He rolls Gabriel but a free-kick has been given after nudging the Brazilian in the back. What an impact that would have been!
46' The game is back underway. Hopefully, there will be no delays in this half.
P. Bamford
Rodrigo
Leeds United
46' Substitution for Leeds. Rodrigo is replaced by Bamford in the striking position.
Leeds looked dangerous when Sinisterra and Aaronson. Playing on the wings in a 4-2-3-1 system, they have offered the team width and have not been afraid to dribble the ball forward into the Arsenal third. However, the side lacks a conventional forward leading the line, with Rodrigo lacking confidence after his mistake and Bamford ready to come on. Arsenal have shown why they are at the top of the league. Under the press, Ramsdale, Saliba and Gabriel have controlled possession well, with the attacking trio of Saka, Martinelli and Jesus likely to combine for a goal again.
The delayed first half ends with a goal from Saka the difference between the two sides. With the game paused for 30 minutes due to a power cut, it was Leeds who had the first opportunity. Moments after the restart, Sinisterra dragged a shot wide before Struijk had his poked effort pushed away by Ramsdale. On the counter, Jesus chipped the ball over the bar, with Odegaard having his free-kick saved. It was an end-to-end opening 45 minutes, with Arsenal scoring the only goal. After Rodrigo’s long pass was intercepted by Saka, the England international played a one-two with the captain before rifling the ball into the roof of the net.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: LEEDS UNITED 0-1 ARSENAL
45' Bamford is getting instructions from Marsch. It looks like he will be introduced in the second half.
44' Tomiyasu loses the ball under the pressure of Aaronson. He lays it off to Harrison who ignores the option of Sinisterra before curling it over the bar.
42' Koch looks for Kristensen who bursts down the right but Martinelli gets back to head it away. Arsenal are now in possession, with the away fans cheering every pass.
40' Arsenal have looked in control of the match since taking the lead. They have avoided defeat in their last 17 matches when scoring the opening goal in the Premier League dating back to February last year against Wolves.
38' Sinisterra is fouled by White just over halfway. Leeds could have put the ball into the box but elect to go short and lose possession.
M. Ødegaard
Assist
Arsenal
35' Odegaard plays a simple pass to Saka who smashes the ball in from a tight angle. Arsenal have now scored in their last five Premier League away games.
B. Saka
Goal
Arsenal
35' GOOAALLLL! SAKA SCORES! 1-0 ARSENAL! It’s clinical from Arsenal after a strange decision from Rodrigo. The Spaniard looks to switch the play with a curling ball back to Struijk. Saka gets there first, playing a one-two with Odegaard before crashing the ball into the roof of the net.
32' Meslier bashes his post asking for the wall to move into place. With Odegaard over it, the Norweigian curls it low with the goalkeeper pushing the ball wide. It was going wide, but the Leeds man was not taking any risks.
30' Xhaka slips the ball through to Jesus who is tripped by Roca. The ball rolls to Martinelli who shapes to shoot from the left of the box but the referee blows for a free-kick. It's within shooting range with a host of Arsenal players over it.
28' Jesus spins in the box before going down under the challenge of Struijk. The away fans shout for a penalty, but the former Manchester City striker gets straight back to his feet and continues without a complaint.
26' Arsenal have kept three clean sheets in their four Premier League away games this season, as many as they had in their previous 14 on the road. The Gunners have won 10 of their last 15 away league games (L5), starting with a 4-1 win at Leeds last December.
24' This game is end-to-end. It's Sinisterra on the ball once again, with the Columbian's cross met by Rodrigo and deflected over by Saliba.
21' On the counter, Arsenal have a big chance. Martinelli swings the ball in from the right, with his curling cross flicked on by Odegaard before Jesus chips the ball over the bar from a tight angle.
21' SAVE! Leeds should have the lead in this match. An inswinging corner causes panic in the box. With it bouncing around, Struijk's flicked effort is pushed away by Ramsdale.
20' Sinisterra gets another shot away. On the left, he cuts inside before curling the ball just wide. A corner has been given.
19' Odegaard unleashes a powerful shot from outside the box that is blocked. He then looks for Martinelli with a curling ball into the box that is pushed away by the goalkeeper.
18' Former Leeds player White has been given a muted reception from the home fans. He has previously played at Elland Road for both Arsenal and Brighton.
16' White and Saka combine with a one-two before the defender sends a high cross into the box. Looking for the volley, Martinelli is denied by Kristensen who comes in to head the ball away.
15' Martinelli has started each of Arsenal’s last 10 Premier League games, his longest run of consecutive starts in the competition. The Brazilian has been involved in eight goals in these 10 games (five goals, three assists), scoring and assisting in the Gunners’ 3-2 win against Liverpool last time out.
13' Martinelli has the ball on the left, looking to get past Aaronson who wins possession. The American is then fouled by the Arsenal man, waving his hands in the air in celebration.
12' Now it's Saka who runs down the left before his low cross is blocked out for a corner. The England international then takes the following corner that is met by Gabriel. However, his tame header is saved.
10' Leeds have the ball inside the box with Rodrigo on the right. He cuts inside, getting the ball past Tomiyasu before his cross is blocked by Gabriel and smashed away by Saliba.
9' Martinelli, Odegaard and Xhaka combine outside the Leeds box before the latter of the three passes the ball straight to Harrison.
8' Koch looks to switch the play, aiming the ball towards Sinisterra but White heads it away.
6' Apart from Sinisterra's shot, the match has been slow after the restart. Arsenal have had more of the ball but have failed to get into Leeds' defensive third.
3' Straight after the restart, Sinisterra bursts from halfway before dragging a shot wide from outside the box.
3' LEEDS THROW-IN! The match is back underway. Struijk throws the ball into play after the long pause.
2' Now it's Arsenal's turn to go into a huddle before the match restarts.
2' Cheers go around the stadium with Kavanagh bouncing the ball over the Arsenal line. He's checking the technology with Leeds in a huddle.
2' NEWS! The announcer said that the match will restart in around 10 minutes. Around when the half-time whistle would have been blown in usual circumstances.
2' With West Ham currently losing, Leeds have moved up in the table having played just two minutes of this match.
2' The teams are re-emerging. The game has not restarted, but it looks to be getting closer and closer.
2' The game is still paused. The game should have had its first 26 minutes but instead, the players are in the dressing room. The officials are out to check the goalline technology. There could be action soon.
2' The game is still paused. It has been around 15 minutes since the problem was first highlighted. If the clock is still running there will be quite a lot of additional time.
2' BACK INSIDE! The problem has not been solved, and the players are going back down the tunnel. There are groans going around the stadium due to the unique stoppage.
2' Eleven minutes have passed but only two have been played. Kavanagh has gone back over to the two managers.
2' Leeds had a throw-in but the game remains paused. The IT staff have come to the side of the pitch looking to resolve the problem. Fans looked confused in the stands, waiting patiently for the match to resume.
2' The officials have lost all communications with VAR and the goalline technology. Both sets of teams are passing balls around to keep warm during the stoppage.
2' There has been some disruption at the start of the match, but the reason is unknown. It looks like there is a technical problem with the referee. Both managers are speaking with Chris Kavanagh.
2' There have been a couple of loose passes at the start of this match. Leeds have had fewer sequences of 10+ passes than any other Premier League side this season (42), 80 fewer than Arsenal who rank fourth in this regard (122).
1' Jesus gets this Premier League clash underway.
Leeds are winless in their last five Premier League home games against Arsenal (D2 L3) since a 1-0 win in November 2000. All three of their defeats in this run have been by a 4-1 scoreline.
As for Arsenal, Mikel Arteta makes seven alterations to the team that beat Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League. Turner is replaced by Ramsdale in the goalkeeping position, with Tomiyasu preferred ahead of Tierney at left-back, and Gabriel coming in for Holding at centre-back. The midfield is also switched, with Xhaka and Partey starting instead of Vieira and Lokonga. The other two changes appear in the attack, with Martinelli playing at left wing instead of Nelson. Nketiah drops to the bench, with Jesus starting as the striker.
Leeds make one change to the team that lost against Palace last weekend. Bamford is replaced by Sinisterra who returns after his suspension, with Rodrigo leading the attack.
ARSENAL SUBS: Albert Sambi Lokonga, Fabio Vieira, Cedric Soares, Rob Holding, Marquinhos, Kieran Tierney, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Matt Turner.
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Aaron Ramsdale; Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes, Takehiro Tomiyasu; Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli; Gabriel Jesus.
LEEDS UNITED SUBS: Sam Greenwood, Junior Firpo, Luke Ayling, Crysencio Summerville, Mateusz Klich, Joe Gelhardt, Patrick Bamford, Diego Llorente, Kristoffer Klaesson.
LEEDS UNITED (4-2-3-1): Illan Meslier; Rasmus Kristensen, Robin Koch, Liam Cooper, Pascal Struijk; Tyler Adams, Marc Roca; Luis Sinisterra, Brenden Aaronson, Jack Harrison; Rodrigo Moreno.
As for Arsenal, they are at the summit of the table after beating Liverpool at the Emirates last time out. Winning eight of their opening nine games, with their only defeat coming against Manchester United at Old Trafford, they must secure victory to guarantee their place at the top. With Manchester City facing Liverpool later today, Pep Guardiola’s side will replace them as the early leaders if they win and Arsenal drop points. They have won five of their last six games against Leeds.
After victories in two of their first three Premier League games this season, drawing the other one, Leeds are without a win in five matches. Losses against Brighton and Hove Albion, Brentford and Crystal Palace and draws against Everton and Aston Villa have seen Jesse Marsch’s side plummet from third to fifth but they are unbeaten at home this campaign.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary for the Premier League clash between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road.