Leeds United’s awful London record continues as Arsenal took all three points at The Emirates in an enthralling encounter.
Arsenal dominated the first-half from the first minute, taking the lead on 14 minutes through Aubameyang as he came in from the left before catching out the keeper as his low strike snuck into the near corner.
The Gunners kept pushing and came close a couple of times while also having a penalty-kick overturned before another spot-kick was awarded in the 40th minute as Meslier hesitated with the ball at his feet and was dispossessed. He tried to recover and fouled his man, giving the referee no choice but to award a penalty which Aubameyang scored.
The third came just moments later as Arsenal played the ball around the penalty area from side-to-side before opening some room on the right for Bellerin who hit the back of the net from a tight angle.
The second half started just as the first ended as the newly introduced Helder Costa was dispossessed in his own third, leading to Smith-Rowe finding Aubameyang who had an open header at the back post to complete his hat-trick.
But Leeds wouldn’t give up, and The Whites got a goal back from a corner-kick as Raphinha’s excellent ball in found Pascal Struijk who at long last scored his first senior goal for Leeds United.
They kept pushing and piled the pressure on Arsenal with a second goal on 68 minutes as Raphinha found Roberts on the left with a nice pass, the Welshman cut the ball inside to Costa who put his earlier mistake right as he went near post and scored, catching out the goalkeeper.
But Arsenal managed to shut things down and hold on to the three points, with a big penalty shout for Bamford going ignored. At the end of the day, it’s another learning curve for Leeds United who now look ahead to a trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers.