Arsenal winning ugly shows Mikel Arteta’s troops really ARE in the Premier League title race

Arsenal winning ugly shows Mikel Arteta’s troops really ARE in the Premier League title race

ARSENAL managed to retain their spot at the top of the table with a win over Leeds… just.

It was by no means an easy task for Mikel Arteta‘s men, who arguably put on their worst display of the season so far.

Arsenal scraped a narrow win over Leeds
Arsenal scraped a narrow win over LeedsCredit: Getty
Bukayo Saka scored the decisive goal for the Gunners
Bukayo Saka scored the decisive goal for the GunnersCredit: Getty
Aaron Ramsdale kept Arsenal in the game
Aaron Ramsdale kept Arsenal in the gameCredit: AFP

But, nevertheless they live to see another day at the peak of the Premier League thanks to Bukayo Saka‘s first-half finish.

Arsenal‘s star boy scored the decisive goal in spectacular style by placing the ball into the top corner from a narrow angle.

But he offered little after that, as did Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli.

Meanwhile, the back four showcased a defensive disasterclass.

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William Saliba, who has been one of Arsenal’s highest performing players so far this season, made too many mistakes – one of which was a blatant handball that led to a penalty.

Gabriel Magalhaes was also lucky to stay on the pitch in the end after initially receiving a red card from referee Chris Kavanagh, who later overturned the decision after reviewing VAR.

It was Aaron Ramsdale who saved the day for the Gunners.

The England international made some excellent last-ditch saves to keep Leeds at bay, but he was offered little reassurance from the nervous back four.

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Earlier this week, Leeds boss Jesse Marsch suggested that Arsenal could be genuine title contenders.

But, the Gunners will have to vastly improve on that performance if they want to remain in the race.

Despite the nailbiting outcome, Arteta and his side will be thrilled with the result.

Arsenal have now won nine of their opening 10 Premier League games – the club’s best start to a top-flight campaign since 1903.

With a constant flow of fixtures on the horizon, including next week’s Europa League clash with PSV and a Premier League meeting with Southampton, the Gunners will be eager to keep this winning momentum going.

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Emillia Hawkins

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