14 Feb Arsenal vs. Leeds United – Football Match Report – February 14, 2021
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his first Premier League hat trick to information his aspect to a 4-2 win in opposition to Leeds United on the Emirates on Sunday.
Hector Bellerin scored his first purpose since January 2020 to carry it to 4 however Arsenal nerves had been on edge as Leeds United claimed again two second half objectives by Pascal Struijk and Helder Costa.
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“I am pleased with efficiency. I knew it might be a tough recreation, they by no means gave up,” Aubameyang stated after the sport.
“The hat trick means rather a lot to me. I am a man who at all times works laborious. It has been a troublesome time for me.
“Everybody was giving a whole lot of like to me, my mum and my household. I’ve to say thanks to everybody on the membership and the followers.”
Aubameyang’s expertise had been on present for his first purpose on 13 minutes as he confused the Leeds United defence along with his footwork earlier than getting his shot away into the underside left nook.
Stuart Attwell awarded Arsenal a penalty on 34 minutes after Buyako Saka was introduced down beneath a careless Liam Cooper problem.
Nevertheless, VAR requested Attwell to return and take a look at the problem and it was rescinded because the referee discovered Saka went down too simply, a lot to the ire of Mikel Arteta and his team.
Leeds United did not study from their early let off although and barely 5 minutes later Illan Meslier introduced Saka down within the field and Attwell awarded a penalty.
Aubameyang made no mistake along with his strike and scored his 200th European league purpose.
Arsenal’s third got here from poor defending within the Leeds field which allowed the London aspect to cross the ball round till Dani Ceballos discovered Bellerin who hammered a low ball previous Meslier.
One of many few brilliant spots in Arsenal’s season has been the revelation of Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe and each teamed up for Aubameyang’s third purpose with Saka charging down the pitch earlier than Smith-Rowe floated a ball into the field which the skipper headed into the online.
Leeds United continued to seek for a purpose, nevertheless, and Struijk discovered the opening on 58 minutes when he jumped above David Luiz to information the ball previous Bernd Leno.
Their second got here on 69 minutes as Costa was left in an excessive amount of house and fired in a right-footed shot into the underside left nook.
“Now we have been lacking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s objectives and him at his finest,” Areta stated after the sport.
“He as been coaching after troublesome interval with a household subject and we had a sense he may very well be key on this recreation. He was in ache and obtained an enormous kick, twisted his ankle however hopefully he shall be superb [for Thursday].
“I am very happy with the outcome and really, very pleased with the efficiency in opposition to a implausible team that makes life so troublesome for you. We dealt with the scenario nicely.”