Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rediscovered his scoring prowess along with his first Premier League hat trick in a Four-2 win over Leeds on Sunday.
Aubameyang put the hosts in entrance within the 13th minute at Emirates Stadium, teasing Leeds proper again Luke Ayling with a sequence of stepovers earlier than skipping previous him. The ahead then squeezed a shot between Ayling and Liam Cooper to beat the goalkeeper on the close to put up.
Aubameyang’s penalty within the 41st minute gave Arsenal a second, and proper again Hector Bellerin scored the workforce’s third aim simply earlier than halftime after good buildup play. Aubameyang rounded out his hat trick when midfielder Emile Smith Rowe’s cross arrange his captain to go residence within the 47th.
“I believed he was very good right this moment,” Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta stated of Aubameyang. “He had an incredible efficiency.”
It’s been a tough interval for Aubameyang as he has struggled for type and handled private points — taking time without work to take care of his mom, who was unwell. He had solely restarted to regain his type when he instantly left to be along with his mom for a number of days.
“It’s been a tricky time for me, however now it’s time to get the smile again, win video games and rating objectives,” Aubameyang stated as he cradled the match ball in his arm.
Leeds got here again into the sport within the second half, with supervisor Marcelo Bielsa making a double substitution. Pascal Struijk scored with a towering header from a nook to beat goalkeeper Bernd Leno within the 58th. The guests acquired a second within the 69th when Helder Costa slotted previous Leno after being arrange by fellow substitute Tyler Roberts.
Arsenal moved up a spot into 10th with 34 factors, snapping a two-game shedding streak.
“Life may be very completely different while you win,” Arteta stated.
Leeds, in the meantime, dropped down a spot to 11th with 32 factors.
Arsenal beat the guests at their very own recreation within the first half, with high-pressing and attacking depth. Leeds was lacking midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who’s recovering from a calf harm, and Arsenal was capable of exploit area in midfield to pile ahead.
Arsenal managed the primary half and have been joyful to let Leeds have the ball throughout spells of the match, particularly after the Gunners went forward. Minutes after Aubameyang’s aim, Bielsa’s frustration confirmed when he kicked a cup from the touchline.
The Argentine supervisor’s disappointment continued to construct as he yelled at his gamers to press increased and run faster. However his gamers’ sloppiness let Arsenal seize management within the first half.
Referee Stuart Atwell pointed to the spot twice within the match, the primary of which was overturned after a video overview decided that Cooper didn’t journey Bukayo Saka within the penalty space. When Atwell signaled one other penalty minutes later, there was no want for VAR to intervene.
Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier was careless when he acquired a again cross and, as Saka pounced on the ball, Meslier fouled him. Aubameyang stepped up and his spot kick simply beat Meslier, whose first-half efficiency he’ll need to rapidly neglect. The Frenchman was additionally crushed twice at his close to put up, first by Aubameyang after which by a powerful end from Bellerin.
Bielsa was extra happy with the way in which his workforce performed within the second half, however he wasn’t impressed with the efficiency within the first half. He stated his workforce could not cope with Arsenal’s defensive midfielders, Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos.
“We didn’t defend properly,” he stated. “We didn’t defend properly as a result of the ball went from again to entrance too comfortably for Arsenal.”