Arsenal qualified for a 4-1 win over injury-hit Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday, the only Premier League game going ahead amid multiple delays.
An early double for striker Gabriel Martinelli, as well as goals by Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, helped Mikel Arteta’s team to a third consecutive league win, keeping them in fourth place.
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Leeds were a regular side on Saturday with eight senior players out through injury or suspension, and even put 15-year-old Archie Gray on the bench, who would have become the youngest player in Premier League history had he been substituted.
Arsenal scored 11 shots on goal in the first half with a dominant performance, with the first coming in the first five minutes as goalkeeper Alain Meslier cleared a shot from striker Alexandre Lacazette before saving it again shortly after, this time in his near post. A kick from midfielder Thomas Partey.
Martinelli broke the scoring in the 16th minute as he ran over the ball after a tackle from Lacazette and hit the top right corner.
The 20-year-old doubled Arsenal’s lead in impressive fashion after 13 minutes when Messiler fired home after scoring a one-on-one goal.
Saka added the third goal just before the break, as the Leeds defenders stood within the 18-yard area before scoring after a swerve.
Arsenal continued to dominate in the second half, although it could have been reduced to 10 men when the VAR reviewed midfielder Granit Xhaka’s interference on Leeds midfielder Ravenha for a possible red card early in the second half, but no No penalty is awarded.
Leeds scored a goal in the 75th minute from a penalty kick after striker Joe Gilhart fell inside the penalty area.
Smith Rowe crowned his team’s performance with a goal in the 83rd minute, hitting a superb shot from his colleague Martin Odegaard.