Gabriel Jesus shines in Arsenal's 4-1 victory against Leeds United, helping to maintain the Gunners' lead at the top of the Premier League table
|Back with a bang! Gabriel Jesus fires Arsenal past Leeds with a brace on Saturday at the Emirates. Arsenal won 4-1. (Photo credit: Sporting News)|
Arsenal proved they deserve where they are as a club on the Premier League log with yet another commanding performance and result against struggling Leeds United at the Emirates on Saturday.
The Gunners had their lead at the top of the Premier League cut down to five points earlier in the day with City’s win against Liverpool.
And Arteta's men knew only a win would keep them back where they want to be with nine league games left to play.
William Saliba is still injured, Rob Holding retains his place, and Bukayo Saka was handed a rest for the first time in 52 league games for Gabriel Jesus to earn his first start since November.
Wilfred Gnonto is unavailable; Summerville replaced him in the starting lineup, and it was the visitors that came out smoking.
A quick start could have seen Arsenal go behind, but Aaron Ramsdale saved brilliantly from Kristensen.
It took a while, but Arsenal soon settled and eventually got the deserved lead through their returning striker.
Gabriel Jesus was fouled in the area by Luke Ayling, and the Brazilian converted through the middle to hand Arsenal the lead, and by so doing, restored the eight-point advantage.
The Gunners went on the ascendancy from there, and it never looked like it would slip from their grasps.
The second half brought all the joy.
Just two minutes in, Gabriel Martinelli set up Ben White, who arrived at the other end to slam home the second, also his second goal for Arsenal, and Gabriel Jesus tapped home after neat work by Leandro Trossard.
Leeds pulled one back off a Zinchenko deflection to deny Arsenal of the clean sheet.
But as they have done many times this season, the Gunner struck back not long after to restore the three-goal advantage and match City’s result.
Granit Xhaka got on the end of a fine Martin Odegaard cross to make it two in two as the Gunners ran out 4-1 winners to condemn Leeds to the relegation zone and strengthen their title credentials with nine games to play.