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League leaders Arsenal held on to win at Leeds in a dramatic finish


Arsenal hung on to beat Leeds in a tense conclusion after the game was delayed by around 40 minutes due to a power outage.

After reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor, referee Chris Kavanagh reversed his initial judgments to give the hosts a penalty and dismiss Arsenal’s Gabriel for kicking out Leeds striker Patrick Bamford in stoppage time.

Earlier, he stopped the game after 23 seconds of play due to a power outage at Elland Road, which caused Kavanagh to lose contact with the VAR officials and also caused the goalline equipment to malfunction.

Bukayo Saka, who was outstanding, capitalized on Rodrigo’s errant ball to score the game-winning goal in the first half by exchanging passes with Martin Odegaard and slamming in high at the near post.

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The Englishman nearly had an instant effect after coming on at the beginning of the second half, but his close-range shot was disallowed for a shove on Gabriel.

Before the stoppage time disagreement, Leeds was given a penalty when it was determined that William Saliba touched the ball, but Bamford pulled his shot wide.

Gabriel stopped Luis Sinisterra’s goal-bound attempt as Leeds applied further pressure, and Aaron Ramsdale deflected Brenden Aaronson’s long-range arrowed shot.

After a solid start to the season in which they have won nine of their first 10 Premier League games, Mikel Arteta’s team is presently four points ahead.


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