Leeds United vs. Arsenal result, highlights & analysis from Premier League match as Saka winner precedes Elland Road penalty drama (2023)

ELLAND ROAD, LEEDS — Bukayo Saka made it nine wins out of 10 for Arsenal as the Premier League leaders came through a frantic afternoon at Leeds with a battling 1-0 win.

Play was suspended for almost 40 minutes during the first half due to a power cut that compromised the officials’ communication systems. Arsenal played with controlled poise upon the restart and led 10 minutes before the break — Saka capitalising on a wildly wayward pass from Rodrigo Moreno to dispatch a lovely finish beyond Islan Meslier.

Patrick Bamford came on for Rodrigo at halftime and changed the complexion of the contest, rifling home within a minute, only to be penalised for a foul on Gunners centre-back Gabriel.

Bamford then missed a penalty after William Saliba's 60th minute handball. The forward thought he would have chance to atone amid a dramatic stoppage-time conclusion, grasping the ball to take another kick from 12 yards before both a red card and penalty decision against Gabriel were overturned on a VAR review by referee Chris Kavanagh.

Leeds United vs. Arsenal final score

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ARS— Bukayo Saka (Martin Odegaard)— 35th min.

💫 Bukayo Saka simply cannot stop contributing for Arsenal this season, scoring the only goal of the game giving the Gunners a 1-0 away win against Leeds United!#LEEARS https://t.co/V5PBA4RZgp

— Sporting News Football Club (@sn_footballclub) October 16, 2022

Rodrigo was Leeds’ major attacking threat along with Luis Sinisterra during the first half, with the duo combining to force the 20th-minute corner from which Pascal Struijk forced a fine save from Aaron Ramsdale.

But it was hard to fathom what he was thinking when he aimed an aerial diagonal ball backwards across his own half towards left-back Struijk. Saka won the aerial duel and darted onto a return pass from Martin Odegaard to finish with aplomb.

The second half was bookended by let-offs for Gabriel, first when Bamford was adjudged to have fouled him when converting Jack Harrison’s knockdown.

Kavanagh found himself leaning heavily on VAR, initially having missed Saliba’s fairly clear handball. Ramsdale guessed correctly but it did not matter as Bamford’s kick zipped beyond his left-hand post.

The England goalkeeper had more meaningful involvement with a couple of one-on-one saves to deny Bamford, while he was grateful to see Gabriel block and deny Sinisterra from close range.

Substitute Crysencio Summerville blazed an 89th-minute chance over before the chaotic and prolonged conclusion. Bamford and Gabriel clashed, with the latter going to the ground and appearing to kick out at the Leeds attacker.

That was the view of the officials on the field but a trip to the monitor persuaded Kavanagh that Bamford had fouled Gabriel initially and the defender’s punishment was downgraded from red to yellow.

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Arsenal show they can win ugly

There has been plenty to like about Arsenal this season. The intelligent industry of Gabriel Jesus in attack, the controlling midfield dominance of Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey and the increased assurance of a more settled defensive unit. Hardly any of that was on display at Elland Road. They were awful for vast chunks of the second half and needed a missed penalty and a VAR reprieve to get over the line.

Ramsdale was their man of the match. When that distinction goes to a goalkeeper, it’s hardly a ringing endorsement of what’s gone on ahead of him. But after the quality shown by Odegaard and Saka as they opportunistically grasped the game-winning moment, it was time to dig in. This was the sort of game Arsenal absolutely did not win last season or, come to mention it, many other times over the past decade or so. This is a new Arsenal, as their four-point lead at the top of the league table demonstrates.

😍 Our No.1

🧤 What a performance from @AaronRamsdale98 pic.twitter.com/Jx0Lk8KZrB

— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 16, 2022

Saka goalrush shows he is Arteta’s main man

Saka’s status as the diamond in Arteta’s configuration goes far beyond raw numbers. His technical excellence and tireless work rate frequently sets the tone. But he is now finding output to match his obvious quality. The England winger’s little gem of a finish was his fourth goal this week, following a brace against Liverpool and a Europa League strike against Bodo/Glimt. With 26 goals and 24 assists, he is the first player of Arteta’s tenure to amass 50 goal contributions.

Bamford points towards brighter days for Leeds

It feels strange to highlight a striker who missed a penalty and hasn’t scored in the Premier League since last December as something to cling on to for Leeds, but Bamford changed the whole complexion of the contest. On another day, he might have had a hat-trick.

His drought owes much to wretched luck with injuries and Leeds badly need him to catch a break. During the first half, they were full of hard work but low on quality. Marsch’s season - and perhaps fate - will not be decided by heart-on-sleeve performances against the elite, as welcome as those are. Matches against Leicester, Fulham, Bournemouth and Wolves in the six games before the World Cup break might well do and Bamford should have a big say in those.

🎙 Jesse: "Keep playing like that, we have big potential. It's a long-term project" pic.twitter.com/vYQnEYefXK

— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 16, 2022

Leeds United vs. Arsenal as it happened

Fulltime:Arteta punches the air in sheer delight. Elland Road boos the officials then rises to applaud their team. What an absolutely crazy afternoon of football in the Barclays, which is now led by Arsenal by four points. Thanks for being with us!

90th minute+9: Ramsdale out of his goal - where's he going? Gabriel heads the cross behind. Up comes Meslier!

90th minute+5:OVERTURNED!After looking at the screen, Kavanagh decides Bamford fouled Gabriel first, so there'll be no penalty. The Brazilian then gets his red card downgraded to a yellow, which doesn't make an awful lot of sense. But not a lot about this afternoon does at this point.

90th minute+4: Hang on, Kavanagh is looking at the screen. It's all going off down in the dugouts. Is he going to overturn this?

90th minute+2:Red card for Gabriel and penalty to Leeds!!!!!!Oh my word! Bamford collides with Gabriel, who goes down and appears to kick out at the forward. The linesman certainly thinks so, he's off! It's a penalty too, and Bamford has the ball!

90th minute: There will be six minutes of stoppage time. This might feel like an age for Arsenal, who've been forced to dig in for much of the second half.

89th minute:Big Leeds chance!Bamford again, finding a clever flick to Aaronson. The USA international cuts back to Summerville but the youngster can only blaze over. Gelhardt comes on for Sinisterra.

87th minute: It's taken short and Martinelli runs it out of play. Arteta is not amused.

86th minute: Martinelli handily wins a free-kick down the Arsenal left. He then has a sit down and the referee is having none of it.

85th minute: A rare second-half chance for Arsenal as Nketiah meets a corner at the near post and flicks into the side netting. Close.

84th minute: Summerville on for Roca. An attacking roll of the dice from Marsch.

81st minute: Couple more changes for Arsenal, with former Leeds loanee Nketiah replacing Jesus. Holding is on for Saka - Arteta definitely looking to shut up shop.

50 - Bukayo Saka is the first player to have been involved in 50 goals for @Arsenal under Mikel Arteta in all competitions, scoring 26 and assisting 24 since the Spaniard took charge. Acolyte. pic.twitter.com/DWKaHcH78g

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 16, 2022

79th minute: Arteta is out of his technical area, contorting himself with some moves Tony Adams might find come in handy on Strictly Come Dancing.

78th minute: Ooohhh, in-swinging corner from Roca right into the mixer. No one can find a finish for Leeds. Anywhere will do for Arsenal.

77th minute: Aaronson, who has had a brilliant second half, finds space to shoot from the edge of the box. It's another good save as Ramsdale pushes behind.

76th minute: A change apiece as Klich comes on for Harrison for the hosts and Tierney replaces White for Arsenal. That'll see Tomiyasu shift to right-back.

75th minute: Strange little passage of play. Martinelli rushes a cross and Meslier claims it easily. The crowd urge a quick counter but the Leeds goalkeeper holds on to it, calming things down.

72nd minute: Hugo Vieira is on for Martin Odegaard as Arsenal try to see this out.

71st minute: Bamford versus Ramsdale again and the goalkeeper comes out on top again. It's a fine save. Bamford felt he was impeded but the referee disagrees.

69th minute: Bamford's dancing feet are going on the edge of the box. Saliba gets in to stop the exhibition and manages to win a free-kick.

67th minute: Xhaka is getting a bit of treatment and his teammates get a much-needed breather. Arsenal are really having to go to the well here, which didn't look like being the case at halftime. The Leeds fans chant Bamford's name to lift his spirits.

66th minute: Huge chance for Sinisterra! Aaronson bursts down the left, where he's causing plenty of problems. Sinisterra sidefoots goalwards but Gabriel blocks

65th minute: It's important that Leeds don't let that setback ruin their momentum. They've been all over Arsenal.

64th minute:BAMFORD PUTS IT WIDE!Oh dear. Ramsdale guesses right but it doesn't matter as the ball flashes past his left-hand post.

62nd minute:Penalty to Leeds. Kavanagh had a good old look at that. I'm not sure how necessary it was because Saliba was banged to rights. Bamford to take and there's some pushing and shoving before he does.

61st minute: Arsenal get up the other end and Meslier saves from Odegaard.But now we're going to the screen to check a possible penalty.

60th minute: Arsenal have lost their composure here. A floated ball into the box towards Roca and there are handball claims against Saliba. The referee is unmoved.

55th minute: Arsenal get themselves into a right old tangle again and Bamford is just about unable to get his shot off. The substitute has certainly changed the feel of the occasion and reignited the Elland Road crowd.

53rd minute: Partey and Saliba make a mess of things and Bamford is in. Ramsdale comes out to save bravely. He then gathers the ball before going down and asking for treatment. There's absolutely no sympathy from the Leeds fans behind the goal but the England keeper saved that with his stomach. Oof! Probably a bit winded.

52nd minute: Leeds clear the danger from Arsenal's latest corner.

47th minute: Actually, it might have been disallowed for a Bamford foul on Gabriel. The fact we're still trying to work that out tells you Arsenal got away with one.

46th minute:Instant impact from Bamford!!!!Oh, hang on. Jack Harrison knocked the ball back into the striker's path and he hooked home. But it looks like Harrison has been penalised for a foul on Tomiyasu. That looks, ahem, pretty soft.

46th minute: We're back underway and Marsch has brought Bamford on for Rodrigo. An afternoon to forget for Leeds' top scorer.

Halftime: Just an hour and 25 minutes after the scheduled kickoff time and we're here! Leeds were really good without the ball and quite bad without it in that half. It meant Arsenal had to work hard, but Saka's goal coming from the hosts wildly giving away possession felt about right.

45th minute+1: Lovely combination play from Jesus and Odegaard gives the latter a shooting opportunity from the edge of the box. Mesiler holds on.

44th minute:Aaronson picked Tomiyasu's pocket. Good position for Leeds. Harrison thinks about a shot, then has one. Over.

42nd minute: Leeds harass Arsenal for a long period and Rodrigo eventually gets possession. Roca then lofts the ball from 30 yards into Ramsdale's arms. The gap in effectiveness between Marsch's men without the ball and with it is really starting to look like a problem.

40th minute: Rodrigo, looking to atone for his error. He takes a heavy touch, almost runs the ball out of play and then delays his pass to the extent that Kristensen is caught offside. I think he needs halftime.

35th minute: GOOOAAALLLLL!!!! Saka!!!!

That's a sumptuous finish from Saka but, my word, what on earth was Rodrigo doing. For reasons best known to himself, the Leeds attack clumped an aerial pass backwards across his own half. Saka battled with Struijk for the ball, Odegaard for a return pass and the England winger clipped a delicious finish into the top corner.

BUKAYO SAKA WITH A CLINICAL FINISH!

Arsenal lead 1-0.

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How did Bukayo Saka squeeze it in from here?! 🤯

The league leaders go 1-0 up at Leeds after a classy goal from the Gunners.

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32nd minute: Odegaard eventually shoots. Meslier gets down to his left, throws his metaphorical cap on it and gathers the ball.

31st minute: Oh good, a decision that pleases roughly no one. Koch shoves Jesus in the back. The Leeds fans think it's soft, Kavanagh blows, even though Martinelli had a decent enough advantage his hands. We'll have a freekick 30 yards from goal.

29th minute: Another promising situation for Leeds, who break from midfield after Aaronson takes a whack. The all-action American gets back on his feet and joins the attack. His cross from the right is an inviting one but there's no one there.

28th minute: Arsenal taking the sting out of things with some calm possession. They needed this. Saka appears to very much like the look of Struijk whenever he gets the ball.

25th minute: Sinisterra crosses for, you guessed it, Rodrigo. Gabriel gets his chest in the way to deflect the ball behind. A deep corner is cleared as far as Roca, who's volley is blocked.

23rd minute: Sinisterra and Rodrigo combine again - they really are Leeds' main threat - but the Spain international's tame shot is blocked. At the other end, Odegaard blooters one out for a goal kick.

21st minute: Sweeping Arsenal attack and that's so wasteful from Gabriel Jesus, who looks to dink over Meslier at the back post. He accomplishes that, in fairness, but also comfortably clears the crossbar.

20th minute: Arsenal do not deal with the resulting corner. Struijk almost prods home but Ramsdale saves well.

20' Sinisterra goes close again for #LUFC, before Struijk tests Ramsdale following a mad scramble in the box after a corner. 0-0

— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 16, 2022

20th minute: Nice switch of play from Rodrigo to Sinisterra on the left. His deflected strike hits the side-netting.

19th minute: Martinelli cuts in field. Danger for Leeds. He finds Odegaaard, who sweetly strikes one form outside the area but it's deflected behind.

16th minute: It briefly looks like Kristensen has misjudged a ball to the back post but he gets a vital glancing header on it. Martinelli definitely thought he'd missed it as he ended up volleying fresh air.

13th minute: Gabriel gets a head on it but it's very easy for Mesiler to gather...then some goalkeeping mayhem at the other end. Ramsdale clatters a clearance right at Gabriel. Leeds' high pressing is definitely causing a bit of discomfort but they need more quality on the ball.

12th minute: Saka glides into the Leeds area down the right with effortless grace. The hosts scramble behind for a corner.

10th minute: Martinelli looks to arrow a ball in behind the Leeds defence but Cooper reads it with Jesus in close attendance. Leeds break and Rodrigo chops back inside Tomiyasu before having his shot blocked.

8th minute: Ramsdale very relaxed under pressure from Rodrigo just there. He'll be aware of Edouard Mendy's horror show here a month or so ago, no doubt.

6th minute: We've settled into the expected pattern here, with Arsenal looking composed in possession and Leeds being compact and organised behind the ball, ready to spring on the counter should the opportunity arise.

2nd minute:Right, back to the football! Sinisterra must have had a good second warm-up. The Colombia forward drives at the Arsenal defence and sends a speculative shot wide from the edge of the box.

14:30 GMT: Good news! The players are back out and going through their warm-ups! We're aiming for a restart 10 minutes from now.

🔋Powered up…

🙌 Ready for action to resume at 2.40pm (UK) pic.twitter.com/5NhSnf5mKq

— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 16, 2022

14:25 GMT:Kavanagh is out on the pitch testing the goalline technology with a ball. The lights briefly went out in the press box in the second minute of the game. My guess is that same glitch shorted the system running goalline technology and VAR. Fingers crossed we're through those issues.

14:15 GMT: The players are now back inside after an announcement over the public address system that our problem is a powercut. Looks like we could be waiting a while. As you might expect, the internet signal now isn't in the best shape, but I'll try my best to keep you updated!

Don't really know what minute it is at this stage: Nope, we're still not playing. Both teams' goalkeeping coaches are out keeping Meslier and Ramsdale warm.

6th minute: There's no quick fix here. Now both sets of players are over at the dugouts for a drink.

4th minute: It must be said, Kavanagh's struggles are not being treated with much sympathy at Elland Road. Both teams are keeping warm by playing some keep ball with some extra balls on the field. Marsch called Kristensen over for a chat.

2nd minute: Interestingly, Jack Harrison appears to be lining up at centre-forward for now. There's also a break in play as referee Chris Kavanagh is having problems with his headset.

2 mins from kickoff: The teams are out. The atmosphere is crackling at Elland Road. We're ready to go.

20 mins from kickoff: So if Arsenal win today, they will open up a four-point advantage at the top before Manchester City kick off at against Liverpool. City have won once at Anfield in the Premier League since 2003. This could be a day when Arsenal's title ambitions really begin to crystalise.

30 mins from kickoff: Leeds are out and going through their warm-ups. We're bathed in sunshine at Elland Road, although it is the first jumper and big coat day of the season for me, if anyone is keeping tabs on autumn press box wardrobes.

55 mins from kickoff: Here's what the Leeds team looks like. Luis Sinisterra is back, having been sent off in the 0-0 draw against Aston Villa at Elland Road. Patrick Bamford drops to the bench.

📋 Your #LUFC Starting XI... pic.twitter.com/mXuZvTtWyE

— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 16, 2022

1 hour from kickoff: The teams are in. Gabriel Jesus is back at centre-forward for Arsenal after resting up for the Europa League trip to Bodo/Glimt.

⚫️TEAM NEWS💫

🧱 Tomiyasu starts
🙌 Xhaka in midfield
⚡️ Jesus leads the line

📻 Follow the game LIVE 👉 https://t.co/4KJlfLdIj1 🔗 pic.twitter.com/UIh97XGOMJ

— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 16, 2022

1hr 15 mins from kickoff: Gabriel Martinelli gave Arsenal a flying start in their statement 3-2 win over Liverpool last weekend. The Brazilian is on his longest run of consecutive Premier League starts for the Gunners (10) and has chipped in with five goals and three assists during this period. Leeds right-back Rasmus Kristensen can expect to have his hands full today. That's if they're both playing, of course - team news will be with us in about 15 minutes.

It’s Leeds vs Arsenal and I’m ready!! #COYG #MOT @Arsenal @LUFC pic.twitter.com/uuCQFrXyCD

— David Seaman MBE ~ SafeHands (@thedavidseaman) October 16, 2022

1hr 40 mins from kickoff: Leeds are unbeaten at home this season but winless in five games, having claimed just two points since August. They lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace seven days ago, a result lamented by Jesse Marsch in his programme notes. "In my opinion, the first half was one of the best since I've been at the club, we were on top and we should have scored further goals from the chances we created," he said. "We take a lot of pride in set-pieces, so we were disappointed to concede from one just before the break and it allowed Crystal Palace to change things at halftime. The group is still learning and we have a lot of work to do to get to where we want to be, but everyone remains committed to the process."£

1 hr 50 mins from kickoff: When Arsenal came to Elland Road last December, Mikel Arteta's team had lost their previous three away Premier League games. A 4-1 win helped to quell some doubts around the Gunners' boss and he returns to West Yorkshire in a very different predicament, with his team sitting pretty at the top of the table after eight wins from nine matches. Incidentally, each of the previous four teams to win nine of their opening 10 have gone on to lift the title.

2 hours from kickoff:Hello and welcome to The Sporting News' coverage of Premier League leaders Arsenal's latest assignment against Leeds at a sold-out Elland Road.

What a moment. What a player. @BukayoSaka87 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/zMxzk1teH1

— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 9, 2022

Leeds vs. Arsenal lineups

Luis Sinisterra returnsfrom suspension to bolster Marsch's attacking options after he was sent off in the 0-0 draw against Aston Villa. The Colombia international's inclusion meansPatrick Bamforddrops to the bench

Leeds lineup (4-2-3-1): Meslier (GK) — Kristensen, Koch, Cooper, Struijk — Adams, Roca — Aaronson, Rodrigo, Harrison— Sinisterra

Oleksandr Zinchenkoremains out due to a calf problem, withTakehiro Tomiyasustarting at left-back again after a bravura performance against Liverpool.

Gabriel Jesusrested up in midweek and comes back in to lead the attack. Arteta's midfield options are still lackingEmile Smith Rowe(groin) andMohamed Elneny(hamstring).

Arsenal lineup (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale (GK) — White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu — Partey, Xhaka — Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli — Jesus

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