After hype and expectation, Gabriel Martinelli is coming of age as Arsenal demolish Leeds

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Mikel Arteta believes Gabriel Martinelli is adding “gears” to his game and against Leeds the Arsenal winger showed he is in fifth right now.

The Brazilian has now scored three goals in his last two games after bagging a brace at Elland Road.

They were two goals that underlined how Martinelli is rapidly developing into a lethal wide forward, adding finishing to his blistering pace and trickery. The first was a well-placed shot after the ball fell to him in the box, while the second was a deft chip after he had been sent clean through by Granit Xhaka.

Those goals put Arsenal in control after just 28 minutes and, despite dropping off during the second-half, they were more than worthy of their 4-1 victory. In truth, on another day, it could have been double that.

During the first 45 minutes alone Arsenal had 11 shots on target - the most they have managed in the first half of a Premier League game since Opta started recording stats - and it was a surprise they were only 3-0 up.

The third came courtesy of Bukayo Saka, whose deflected effort squirmed into the bottom corner after another slick attack.

Saka was in fine form, but it was Martinelli on the other flank who really stole the show.

There has been so much hype and expectation around the 20-year-old, who is a favourite among supporters, and now it feels like he is coming of age.

He finished this game with the most goals, shots on target, chances created and assists of any player on the pitch. A quality performance from a player who feels like he is just getting started.

Odegaard looking at home as the No10

Martin Odegaard had to wait until the 84th minute to get an assist, but it was worth the wait.

The attacking midfielder was in majestic form at Elland Road, pulling Leeds apart by finding pockets of space in front of the defence.

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Countless times in the first-half he started attacks and it was surprise he hadn’t claimed an assist by the break.

Odegaard did finally get one late on, driving forward and playing a lovely dinked pass for Emile Smith Rowe to score. It was ball threaded through the tightest of spaces and one that reminded you of why Arsenal paid £30million for the Norwegian.

He has not set the world alight since he made his move from Real Madrid permanent this summer, but Odegaard now seems to be finding his feet.

There was previously a debate about whether he or Alexandre Lacazette should be the No10, but that time has passed.

Drop-off from Tomiyasu to Cedric underlined

There were few negatives from Arsenal’s 4-1 win at Leeds. Ben White’s rash tackle to gift Leeds a penalty, which Raphinha scored in the 75th minute, was one.

Another was Cedric Soares’ brief cameo for the final 25 minutes or so. Perhaps the Portugal international wasn’t that bad, but the drop-off from Takehiro Tomiyasu to him was laid bare.

Tomiyasu was excellent for the opening hour; solid at the back and getting forward to link up with Saka when possible.

Ever since he joined the club in August, the Japan international has been a regular and you can see why.

The concern for Arsenal will be that he went off with an ankle issue and, on this evidence, there’s no one to fill his shoes.

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