Yes I know Arsenal lost 3-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford. But that was not their worst performance of this season. The one against Leeds by far was. First things first,the Gunners' first half display against the Whites at Elland Road was pretty much even. However,the visitors capitalized on Sinisterra's silly cross which landed kindly to Bukayo Saka who played a one-two with Odegaard before being teed up by the Norwegian to rifle past the host's goal keeper. Then in the second half,Leeds were utterly dominant and deserved at least a point from that encounter. But what made the Gunners register their worst performance of the season at Elland Road?Last Sunday's encounter between Leeds and Arsenal was dramatic to say the least. A power cut at Elland Road set precedence of what was to come. With the Video Assistant Referee and goal line technology dead,the match was temporarily suspended for 40 minutes.
But it was in the second half of the game that the Gunners' frailties were laid bare by a resolute Leeds side. The Leeds coach had a well thought out plan to conquer an in-form Arsenal side. At half time,Leeds introduced Patrick Bamford who made William Saliba to have his worst game of the season. The home side made sure the Frenchman does not link up with Thomas Partey and this halted the usual Gunners fluidity. Partey was tight marked to further hinder Arsenal from stamping authority on the game as was the case in the previous matches. Arteta's men looked tired perhaps due to their long trip from Norway last Thursday. Meanwhile,Leeds' intensity was unmatched in the second half. Arsenal were nowhere near their aggressive nature which they exhibit after losing possession. In fear of losing their narrow lead,the Gunners dropped deeper as the contest wore on. In the end,Arteta's men were fortunate for a penalty miss by Leeds,but also had Ramsdale and VAR to thank as they opened up a 4 point gap at the top of the table.
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