Arsenal 2-1 Leeds LIVE! Premier League result, match stream and latest updates today

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Arsenal vs Leeds - LIVE!

Arsenal were in cruise control against Leeds after a dominant first-half display in Sunday’s Premier League contest at Emirates Stadium.

The visitors got off to the worst possible start in north London, with an embarrassing blunder from goalkeeper Illan Meslier gifting a goal to Eddie Nketiah inside five minutes.

The ex-Leeds loanee struck again shortly afterwards after fine wing play from Gabriel Martinelli, with things only getting worse for Leeds as Luke Ayling was sent off for a woeful two-footed challenge on the Brazilian.

Referee Chris Kavanagh initially showed just a yellow card, only to change his decision after being encouraged by VAR to consult the pitchside monitor. Ayling will now miss the remainder of the season through suspension.

The one-way traffic continued after the interval, but Arsenal could not find a third goal before Diego Llorente struck to halve the deficit with Leeds’ first shot of the day. However, the hosts held on despite a couple of late scares.

A fourth successive victory for Arsenal this afternoon saw Mikel Arteta’s fourth-placed side open up a four-point gap over rivals Tottenham ahead of Thursday’s pivotal north London derby showdown.

Meanwhile, battling Leeds ended the day in the relegation zone with only three matches left to play this season after their defeat was coupled by Everton winning again at Leicester. They face Chelsea at Elland Road next.

Follow Arsenal vs Leeds reaction LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below, with expert analysis from Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium!

Arsenal vs Leeds highlights

  • GOAL! Llorente scores with Leeds’ first attempt

  • RED CARD! Ayling sent off for two-footed challenge on Martinelli

  • GOAL! Nketiah strikes again minutes later in dream start

  • GOAL! Nketiah scores early after Meslier blunder

Arsenal FC 2 - 1 Leeds United FC

18:03 , Marc Mayo

Thanks for joining us for Arsenal’s win over Leeds, recap the action with Simon’s analysis from Emirates Stadium.

Read the full report.

Could Nketiah stay at Arsenal?

16:31 , George Flood

Nketiah was also asked if these sorts of performances and results made him want to stay at Arsenal.

The England Under-21 international is out of contract at the end of the season...

“It’s a great atmosphere throughout the whole season, it’s been excellent,” he said. “You really feel the connection between the players and the fans, it’s amazing to be involved.”

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Eddie Nketiah reaction

16:29 , George Flood

Here’s Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah speaking to Sky Sports...

“It’s always nice to score but it was a big three points.

“We’ve been working hard and want to get it for the fans. It’s amazing to get the three points, it moves us closer to our objectives.

“Any player just wants to be playing and get the opportunities. I’ve worked hard throughout the season to make sure that I was ready when I get my chance and credit to my team-mates for helping me play and do well. I’m just happy in the team and helping.

“We had a few chances in the first half to kill the game but we obviously didn’t take them. They are a good side, they are fighting for their lives down there and we knew that they were going to push.

“They troubled us in the second half but we showed good resilience to stay with it and get the three points which is most important.”

16:17 , George Flood

So that (needlessly nervy) win moves fourth-placed Arsenal four points clear of rivals Tottenham ahead of Thursday’s pivotal north London derby.

A battling display from Leeds in the end after a wretched first half, but that defeat combined with Everton’s 2-1 victory at Leicester means they slip into the bottom three with only three matches left to play this term.

It’s Chelsea at Elland Road next.


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Arsenal 2-1 Leeds

15:56 , George Flood

92 mins: Meslier comes up again for a Leeds free-kick and Rodrigo can’t get enough on Phillips’ header as Ramsdale gratefully saves.

Gabriel is then mobbed by his team-mates as he does brilliantly to snuff out the danger posed by James and earn a free-kick that brings the final whistle.

15:52 , George Flood

90 mins: Phillips’ effort is blocked by Pepe!

Meslier doesn’t rush to get back and Leeds are exposed as Pepe races forward, but he resists the urge to have a pop from his own half and is then dispossessed by James.

Three minutes of added time signalled at the Emirates. Lacazette on for Nketiah.

15:51 , George Flood

89 mins: Alexandre Lacazette is preparing to come on for Arsenal as Llorente’s wonderfully-weighted pass is turned behind for a Leeds corner.

Up comes Meslier!

Simon Collings at the Emirates Stadium

15:48 , George Flood

Arsenal were 2-0 up after 10 minutes and have been playing against 10 men for an hour, but somehow we have a nervy finish here at the Emirates.

15:47 , George Flood

84 mins: Odegaard steps up to float a harmless effort straight into the grateful arms of Meslier.

Arsenal in firm control of this match still, but their lack of a third goal will be a major worry for Arteta.

All it takes is one mistake or one Leeds chance and two vital points in the Champions League race will slip away.

They cannot afford that with a trip to Tottenham to come on Thursday.

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82 mins: Quick reactions from Smith Rowe to earn a free-kick following Struijk’s clumsy challenge a few yards outside the Leeds box.

Odegaard, Cedric and Pepe standing over the ball, with James led down behind the wall.

15:43 , George Flood

80 mins: Wonderful feet from Odegaard as Arsenal patiently maintain possession and wait for another opening that could kill off this game.

Another great fizzed Cedric cross is just narrowly behind its intended target and Leeds survive.

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77 mins: Martinelli - who went down with what looked like cramp a few minutes ago - is the man to make way for Smith Rowe.

Can he help Arsenal put this game to bed with less than 15 minutes to play?

15:39 , George Flood

75 mins: Bate and Harrison almost link up in the Arsenal box, but the Gunners clear the danger and break at pace.

They earn a corner as a cross is blocked by Koch, with a VAR check for a possible handball quickly over.

The set-piece comes to nothing as Arteta offers instructions to Smith Rowe on the touchline.

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15:37 , George Flood

74 mins: Leeds are almost in through Harrison at one end before Arsenal pile forward once more and Odegaard finds enough space to fire off a low shot between desperate sliding bodies that flies wide of the far post.

Watch: Llorente lifeline for Leeds

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71 mins: Firpo and Bate link up well for Leeds, with some nerves beginning to show in that Arsenal backline.

Aaron Ramsdale offers a quick pep talk.

Surely the Gunners won’t blow this? They were so, so comfortable.

15:33 , George Flood

70 mins: Arteta has sent on Nicolas Pepe in place of Saka.

Tomiyasu went into the book for a rash challenge on James.

Simon Collings at the Emirates Stadium

15:31 , George Flood

Out of nothing, Leeds are back in it. That was a nice set-piece to be fair, with Llorente ghosting around the back unmarked.

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GOAL! Arsenal 2-1 Leeds | Diego Llorente 66'

15:28 , George Flood

66 mins: Now then!

Leeds earn their first corner of the match and Firpo gets the flick-on before Llorente blasts home at the back post.

That is their first effort of the afternoon. Arsenal will be kicking themselves.

An interesting 25 minutes ahead...

15:26 , George Flood

61 mins: The chances are mounting for Martinelli, who slices well wide after a deep cross from the right is chested into his path by Xhaka.

That’s now 16 shots from Arsenal to Leeds’ zero. Completely one-way traffic.

Arteta will be disappointed if this only finishes 2-0.


15:23 , George Flood

59 mins: Close to a third for Arsenal!

Llorente tackles Nketiah and the ball falls nicely for Martinelli, who charges through before fizzing his snapshot over the top.

A third change from Leeds sees the disgruntled Raphinha - on a yellow card - replaced by Rodrigo.

15:19 , George Flood

56 mins: Arsenal’s first corner is headed behind at the near post, before Meslier flaps at the second - a testing Xhaka delivery- under pressure from Tomiyasu.

A third is headed behind via deflection by Nketiah, with Leeds eventually scrambling clear following a fourth in quick succession.

Simon Collings at the Emirates Stadium

15:18 , George Flood

Granit Xhaka just needs to cool it here. He has squared up to Dan James on a few occasions and now the referee has pulled them for a chat. Not the time for anything silly from Xhaka.

15:18 , George Flood

54 mins: Martinelli is oozing confidence once again today.

This time he gives Raphinha and Koch twisted blood before lashing a shot to the near post that is tipped wide by Meslier.

Tempers fraying now between Xhaka and James, who are both given a telling off by the referee.

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51 mins: Tomiyasu is allowed too much freedom to get into the box after a quick free-kick, with Gabriel then twisting and turning but scuffing a low shot that trickles harmlessly through to Meslier.

Martinelli’s cross is then deflected away from Saka as Arsenal continue the hunt for goal number three.

A real sustained defensive effort required from Leeds’ 10 men in this second half.

15:12 , George Flood

48 mins: Plenty of discussions at the moment regarding goal difference, with Arsenal no doubt keen to take advantage of a potential opportunity to close the gap on Tottenham in that respect.

Spurs’ GD is currently +20, five better than Arsenal’s.

You wonder if Arteta might have mentioned it at half-time.

15:10 , George Flood

47 mins: Arsenal pick up where they left off as Odegaard sends in a devilish cross from the right flank, with Koch trying to avoid the intervention but his deflection eventually doing enough to put off Xhaka.

Second half underway

15:07 , George Flood

So as things stand, Arsenal are four points clear of Tottenham in fifth and only one behind stalling Chelsea in third.

Meanwhile, Everton still lead at Leicester, meaning Leeds remain in the bottom three on goal difference.

Marsch is making a change at half-time, with Klich replaced by 19-year-old ex-Chelsea midfielder Lewis Bate.

The second half is underway...

Stat attack

15:01 , George Flood

Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

14:59 , George Flood

A near perfect first half for Arsenal, thanks largely to how awful Leeds have been. All over the place at the back and Ayling’s red card just a moment of madness.


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Arsenal 2-0 Leeds

The Gunners are cruising towards a fourth successive Premier League win - plus a four-point buffer over Tottenham - thanks to Eddie Nketiah’s early double, the first caused by an absolute howler from Leeds ‘keeper Illan Meslier.

A truly wretched first half for 10-man Leeds, who saw Luke Ayling sent off.

They are in the bottom three as things stand.


14:51 , George Flood

48 mins: Arsenal are pressing for a third goal on the stroke of half-time, with some neat interplay on the edge of the Leeds box.

Odegaard’s whipped cross is awkwardly deflected over his own crossbar by Robin Koch. That could have gone anywhere.

A last-gasp corner from the left is slapped away by Meslier before the half-time whistle sounds.

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44 mins: A wasted cross from Cedric with an eventful first half having entered something of a lull before the interval.

Four minutes of added time for Leeds to endure before they can get back into that dressing room.

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40 mins: To call this first half one-sided would be a dramatic understatement.

Arsenal are absolutely dominating possession against 10 men, with 10 shots so far to Leeds’ zilch.

They will be disappointed if they don’t extend their lead further before half-time.

Odegaard’s latest effort is well off-target.

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38 mins: Llorente hooks the ball off the line with Nketiah lurking after Odegaard’s deceiving free-kick is just about parried by the right hand of a falling Meslier!

Xhaka then tests the Frenchman with a low drive.

14:41 , George Flood

36 mins: Leeds cannot live with the dual threat of Saka and Martinelli down the flanks.

The Brazilian is played in behind by Xhaka, but his low cross is deflected by Meslier as the offside flag is raised.

Saka is then brought down just outside the box. A free-kick in a great position for Arsenal...

Watch: Ayling sent off for Martinelli challenge

14:40 , George Flood

14:39 , George Flood

33 mins: Leeds are running a serious risk of going down to nine men here.

Mateusz Klich brings down Granit Xhaka and also has a few choice words for referee Chris Kavanagh.

They need to recover their discipline, or this could get embarrassing.

14:37 , George Flood

30 mins: As if things couldn’t get any worse for Leeds, Everon currently lead 2-1 at Leicester.

Mason Holgate has just netted at the King Power Stadium after Patson Daka cancelled out Vitaliy Mykolenko’s opener.

Leeds are into the bottom three on goal difference as things stand. They have now conceded 74 times this season - more than any other team in the Premier League, including rock-bottom Norwich.

14:34 , George Flood

29 mins: Ayling will now miss Leeds’ remaining matches this season against Chelsea, Brighton and Brentford.

Marsch sends on Pascal Struijk in place of Gelhardt.

Another chance for Arsenal as Meslier flaps at a free-kick from the left and Tomiyasu is unable to guide a header on target at the back post.

Simon Collings at the Emirates

14:31 , George Flood

Leeds’ afternoon goes from bad to worse. This is a car crash of a performance. Ayling, an ex-Arsenal player, getting waved off the pitch by 54,000 Gunners fans.

RED CARD - Luke Ayling (Leeds)

14:29 , George Flood

27 mins: It’s red for Ayling! From bad to worse to downright disastrous for Leeds.

Meanwhile, Raphinha is going to get himself sent off here too if he’s not careful.

He’s already been booked for protesting and is still shouting at the referee. He’s totally lost his head.

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14:28 , George Flood

26 mins: Chris Kavanagh goes over to the pitchside monitor.

This is not good for Ayling...

14:27 , George Flood

25 mins: More lovely play from Arsenal, with Saka shooting straight at Meslier.

Tempers then fray as Ayling dives into a dreadful two-footed challenge on Martinelli next to the byline.

He’s shown a yellow card by referee Chris Kavanagh, but VAR are going to have a look at this.

This is going to be red. Awful tackle.

14:25 , George Flood

23 mins: Great football from Arsenal, with Cedric dinking a ball into the right channel for Saka to chase.

He feeds Odegaard, who provides a lovely ball towards the lurking Nketiah at the back post.

However, Arsenal can’t find the finish and panicked Leeds hastily clear their lines.

Watch: Nketiah doubles Arsenal’s lead

14:24 , George Flood

Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

14:23 , George Flood

Midway through the first half and it’s still all Arsenal. Leeds’ press is ragged and they’re getting picked off.

Arsenal should be looking to kill this game before half-time.

14:23 , George Flood

19 mins: First signs of joy from Leeds as Raphinha cuts inside Cedric and whips a cross towards the back post intended for Jack Harrison.

However, it’s overhit and sails harmlessly out of play.

Leeds are finally starting to settle down and get a grip here. But it already looks too late.

14:21 , George Flood

18 mins: Martinelli is causing all sorts of problems for Arsenal down that left-hand side.

He embarks on another run and then stands up an enticing cross to the back post, where Nketiah - hunting a first-half hat-trick - is unable to turn a volley goalbound.

Watch: Nketiah scores first after Meslier howler

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14:19 , George Flood

16 mins: Arteta will not want to see that from Gabriel.

His team are sitting pretty here with a decent advantage, but the Brazilian still goes flying into a woefully rash challenge on James that deservedly earns him a yellow card.

He can’t put a foot wrong from here. Needless.

14:17 , George Flood

14 mins: Leeds are not in this game at all at the moment.

Arsenal are well on top and look like adding to their comfortable early lead sooner rather than later.

The visitors give away possession cheaply inside their own half and a dangerous Cedric cross is then turned behind at the near post.

Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

14:16 , George Flood

Leeds are a shambles at the back. Their away fans, for once, have been stunned into silence.

GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Leeds | Eddie Nketiah 10'

14:12 , George Flood

10 mins: Two for Arsenal and two for Nketiah!

Arsenal in dreamland. A wonderful assist from Martinelli, who gets beyond Raphinha and Ayling to the byline before providing a perfect cutback.

Nketiah is off balance, but still manages to sweep the ball past the helpless Meslier.

This could be a long, long afternoon for Leeds.

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Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

14:10 , George Flood

What on earth is Meslier doing there? He was so, so slow on the ball and is rightly punished. A dream start for Arsenal.

He is now getting heckled with every touch he takes. It’s going to be a long afternoon for the goalkeeper.

GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Leeds | Eddie Nketiah 5'

14:07 , George Flood

5 mins: The Gunners lead inside five minutes! And it’s an awful, awful blunder from Leeds ‘keeper Meslier.

Luke Ayling provides a routine pass back, with the young Frenchman then dawdling as he takes a touch and tries to find a pass with Nketiah quickly bearing down.

The Arsenal striker - a former Leeds loanee - is too quick and nips it home, then looking almost embarrassed to score a goal that easy.

A dream start for the hosts. Nightmare fuel for Jesse Marsch and Leeds.

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14:06 , George Flood

4 mins: The dangerous Raphinha looks to battle clear down the Leeds right, but Gabriel gets across to snuff out the danger.

Plenty of possession for both sides early on.

14:05 , George Flood

2 mins: A quick, competitive start at the Emirates as Junior Firpo clumsily brings down Bukayo Saka, offering Arsenal the chance to deliver an early set-piece into the box from the right-hand side.

Martin Odegaard’s delivery is headed high into the air by a blue shirt and dropped unconvincingly by goalkeeper Illan Meslier, who somehow stops it from going out for a corner.

An electric atmosphere in these opening exchanges.


14:01 , George Flood

We are underway in north London!

Can Arsenal move four points clear in fourth ahead of Thursday’s crucial derby against Spurs?

Or will Leeds produce a big result in their quest for Premier League safety?

Let’s find out...

13:59 , George Flood

Here come the teams at a sun-soaked Emirates!

Arsenal in white and red this afternoon of course, with Leeds in their dark blue away strips.

13:47 , George Flood

Final preparations on a lovely afternoon at the Emirates. Kick-off is less than 15 minutes away!

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13:38 , George Flood

The pre-match thoughts of Leeds boss Jesse Marsch...

WSL title update

13:35 , George Flood

It looks like Arsenal won’t be winning the WSL title today after all.

Though they lead West Ham 2-0 with time running out thanks to Stina Blackstenius and a sublime Stephanie Catley goal, Chelsea have staged an incredible, Sam Kerr-led fightback to lead Manchester United 4-2 at Kingsmeadow.

The Blues are going to retain their championship, unless there is a whole lot of drama in the final minutes.

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Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

13:26 , George Flood

Standard Sport’s Simon Collings is in position at the Emirates and provides his pre-match thoughts...

Three Leeds changes: James, Gelhardt and Llorente start

13:15 , George Flood

It’s three changes for Leeds from the team thrashed by Manchester City at Elland Road last weekend.

Daniel James replaces the injured Stuart Dallas, with 20-year-old Joe Gelhardt and Diego Llorente also drafted in.

Captain Liam Cooper ends up missing out again, which is a big blow for the visitors.

Pascal Struijk and Rodrigo both drop to the bench.

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One Arsenal change: Cedric in for Nuno Tavares

13:08 , George Flood

So that’s one Arsenal change from the win at West Ham, with Nuno Tavares replaced by Cedric Soares at left-back.

Ben White doesn’t make it and Gabriel Martinelli keeps his place on the left ahead of Emile Smith Rowe.

It’s a youthful Gunners bench featuring youngsters Charlie Patino, Salah Oulad M’Hand and Zak Swanson.

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Leeds lineup

13:06 , George Flood

Leeds XI: Meslier, Ayling, Llorente, Koch, Firpo, Klich, Phillips, Raphinha, James, Harrison, Gelhardt

Subs: Klaesson, Rodrigo, Struijk, Bate, Hjelde, Cresswell, Greenwood, Shackleton, Gray

Arsenal lineup

13:01 , George Flood

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, Holding, Gabriel, Cedric, Odegaard, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli

Subs: Leno, Lacazette, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Tavares, Sambi Lokonga, Oulad M'hand, Swanson, Patino

Lineups on the way

12:55 , George Flood

Less than five minutes to go now until we get word of the official team news from the Emirates!

Stay tuned folks...

Arsenal Women to claim title on WSL final day?

12:48 , George Flood

Will Arsenal Women be celebrating title glory this afternoon on an exciting final day of the WSL season?

Yes, as it stands!

With Chelsea currently losing against Manchester United and Arsenal drawing with West Ham, Jonas Eidevall’s side would claim the trophy on goal difference.

Still a long way to go, however. It’s currently half-time in both of those matches.


Arteta: New contract offer arrived after three defeats in a row

12:33 , George Flood

More on Mikel Arteta’s new contract now.

The Spaniard said Arsenal offered him the extension after their dreadful losing run that included successive defeats by Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton and saw them slip down to sixth in the Premier League.

Arteta was clearly delighted by such a strong show of faith in his vision, given the circumstances.

“The club offered me the contract when we lost three matches,” he said. “And that day I went like this, chapeau and go. That doesn’t happen in football.

“That’s a part of what they think, the conversations that I had, the belief that they have in myself, the coaching staff, in what we are doing and the people that we have now owning this football club and leading this football club.

“I haven’t ever seen it and I just got emotional when I see it, because I just said, ‘These guys are serious and these guys are committed’. So, I better push forward.”

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12:29 , George Flood

Marsch planning long-term future at Leeds

12:25 , George Flood

Jesse Marsch has reiterated his commitment to Leeds, regardless of which division they will be playing in next season.

The American successor to Marcelo Bielsa says he is hoping to move into a permanent new home in the city with his family in the next two weeks.

“I’ve said it from day one that I love being here. I hope to make this my home for many years. And I love the club. I love the team. I love the area,” he said.

“We’re really enjoying ourselves and that gives me more and more motivation and desire to do whatever it takes to help this team achieve.

“I can only speak about the positivity that I’ve felt in this community, starting at Elland Road.


“The way our fans treated us after the match against Man City - I’ve never seen in football and it’s the positivity we need right now.

“We need to be so aligned and I can say that the singular focus here at Thorp Arch is that everybody is doing everything they can to make sure that we control our destiny.

“We need all the positivity from our fans like we saw at Elland Road and I have felt that in the community too, whether it’s having people that recognise me and come up and then support me and say how happy they are with the team and how excited they are for the future.

“And then there’s people that have no idea who I am, which I prefer more, and then we have a really nice exchange, whether it’s at a coffee shop where the friendliness and kindness is amazing.”

12:20 , George Flood

Our man Simon Collings has arrived at the Emirates...

12:13 , George Flood

The Emirates is looking resplendent on a warm and sunny afternoon in north London.

The calm before the inevitable storm...

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Arteta agrees new Arsenal deal until 2025

12:08 , George Flood

Arsenal handed new contracts to both Mikel Arteta and women’s team boss Jonas Eidevall this week.

Arteta has signed on until the end of the 2024/25 season after helping the resurgent Gunners to take control of the race for fourth spot in the Premier League.

“I’m excited, grateful and really, really happy today,” said the Spaniard.

“When I spoke to Josh [Kroenke] he could see the club at the same point and he wanted to take the club the way I wanted to do it.

“So everything that he’s said, and that Stan [Kroenke] has said when I’ve been together with both of them, they’ve always delivered.

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“We want to take the club to the next level and to compete really with the top teams. In order to do that, we have to be playing in the Champions League.

“We have to be able to evolve the team, improve our players, improve all departments, generate even more connection with our fans, improve the atmosphere at the Emirates, be able to recruit top, top talent and the best people for this club to drive this project to that level.”

Leeds fans to show support for injured Dallas

11:56 , George Flood

Leeds’ fans and players will show their support for Stuart Dallas this afternoon after he underwent season-ending surgery on a nasty broken leg suffered last weekend.

The versatile Northern Ireland international is set to be out for up to six months.

There are t-shirts laid out on every seat in the away end, which read: ‘There’s only one Stuart Dallas.”

A nice gesture from the club.

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How Nketiah solution could change Arsenal’s transfer strategy

11:47 , George Flood

There are not many players in the Premier League facing a more defining end to the season than Eddie Nketiah.

The 22-year-old has established himself as Arsenal’s main striker in recent weeks and suddenly it feels like he has their Champions League push, and his own future, in his hands.

For Arsenal, the equation is simple: better Tottenham’s results over the next four games and they will secure a return to the Champions League for the first time since 2016-17.

For Nketiah, though, the situation is more complicated when it comes to his future. He has two months left on his contract and has rejected several offers made to him over the course of the season.

Manager Mikel Arteta wants the England Under-21 international to stay and has spoken publicly about his desire to keep him since giving him a run of four straight starts.

Click here to read Simon Collings’ Nketiah piece in full

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Arsenal vs Leeds prediction

11:42 , George Flood

Leeds, despite their position, can certainly cause problems. Still, Arsenal’s professional job of it last time out would suggest they’re capable of grinding out results.

Arsenal to win, 1-0.

Leeds team news: Cooper set for swift return

11:41 , George Flood

Leeds are expected to be boosted by the quick return of captain Liam Cooper, who has trained this week after pulling out of the Manchester City defeat in the warm-up.

However, Stuart Dallas now faces months on the sidelines after undergoing season-ending surgery on a broken leg suffered last week.

Key striker Patrick Bamford is not expected to return yet, with Tyler Roberts, Adam Forshaw and Crysencio Summerville all out.

Predicted Leeds XI (4-2-3-1): Meslier; Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Firpo; Klich, Phillips; Raphinha, Rodrigo, Harrison; James

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Arsenal team news: Ben White faces latest fitness test

11:36 , George Flood

It remains to be seen if Arsenal defender Ben White will be fit to face one of his former clubs this afternoon.

The England centre-back has not trained properly this week due to a hamstring issue that ruled him out of last Sunday’s 2-1 win at West Ham.

“Ben White is still in contention. He needs to train tomorrow to make sure that he is available to play,” Arteta told reporters on Friday. “For the rest, no news, everybody should be okay and ready to play.”

Arsenal remain without long-term absentees Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey, who won’t play again this season.

If White is out again, then Rob Holding will deputise in the heart of defence once more after scoring and playing a vital role at the London Stadium seven days ago.

Further forward, the resurgent Eddie Nketiah should continue to lead the line, with Emile Smith Rowe battling Gabriel Martinelli for a recall on the left flank.

Predicted Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, Holding, Gabriel, Nuno; Odegaard, Elneny, Xhaka; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli.


Where to watch Arsenal vs Leeds

11:32 , George Flood

TV channel: In the UK, today’s game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the match online through the Sky Go app.

Welcome to Arsenal vs Leeds LIVE coverage!

11:28 , George Flood

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of a key Premier League showdown between Arsenal and Leeds.

The resurgent Gunners - fresh from handing manager Mikel Arteta a new contract in midweek - are searching for a fourth successive win this afternoon that would see them open up a four-point gap on rivals Tottenham in the race for Champions League qualification ahead of Thursday’s crucial north London derby.

However, they could face a tough test against Leeds, who are battling doggedly against Everton and Burnley to avoid joining Watford and Norwich in returning to the Championship next season.

After a 4-0 drubbing by Manchester City last time out, Jesse Marsch’s men sit 17th and only two points above the drop zone, with 18th-placed Everton boasting a game in hand. Frank Lampard’s men are also in action at Leicester this afternoon.

Follow match build-up, all the latest team news and live updates right here, with Simon Collings in attendance at Emirates Stadium to provide expert analysis from the 2pm BST kick-off!

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