Arsenal keep in command of Premier League title race as they cruise to victory over Leeds
Arsenal (opens in new tab) stay within the driving seat within the Premier League title race, after a Gabriel Jesus brace helped them comfortably beat Leeds (opens in new tab) 4-1 on the Emirates Stadium.
Earlier within the day, Manchester Metropolis (opens in new tab) had closed the hole to 5 factors with a formidable 4-1 victory over Liverpool (opens in new tab) – however an expert second-half displaying from the Gunners ensured the pendulum swung again their method.
With 9 matches remaining, Mikel Arteta’s facet maintain an eight-point lead over Metropolis – who they face on the Emirates in simply over three weeks’ time – though the reigning champions do nonetheless have a sport in hand.
In an evenly balanced first half wherein Arsenal had been effectively under their greatest, a slipshod Luke Ayling foul gave the hosts the possibility to go in entrance from the spot simply after the half-hour mark.
Jesus duly dispatched the ensuing penalty, which proved sufficient to ship the Gunners in forward on the break.
And no matter Arteta stated to his gamers at half-time appeared to work, as Arsenal pushed on and in the end made gentle work of the struggling guests.
Ben White made it 2-0 simply two minutes into the second half, earlier than Jesus bagged his second objective of the afternoon eight minutes later.
Rasmus Kristensen pulled one again with just below a quarter-of-an-hour to go to provide Leeds a faint glimmer of hope – however Granit Xhaka’s header made completely positive of the factors for Arsenal six minutes from time.
Subsequent up for the Gunners is a visit to Liverpool subsequent Sunday; Leeds – who keep seventeenth and solely exterior the relegation zone on objective distinction – entertain Nottingham Forest (opens in new tab) on Tuesday evening.