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Saka And Odegaard Get 7.5 | Arsenal Players Rated In Narrow Win Vs Leeds United

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Arsenal faced off against Leeds United at Elland Road earlier today as they looked to keep their excellent form going in the Premier League. The Gunners made a decent start to the game and got their noses ahead in the 35th minute courtesy of Bukayo Saka’s excellent finish. Mikel Arteta’s men managed to get into the half-time interval 1-0 up on the scoreline.

The North London club managed to defend their lead well in the second half and earned a hard-fought 1-0 win away from home which gave them a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Let’s take a look at how each Arsenal player performed during the match against the Whites.

GK: Aaron Ramsdale – 8/10

The English keeper made a few crucial stops at the back and will be quite content with the clean sheet.

RB: Ben White – 7/10

He was defensively solid but offered very little in the final third.

CB: William Saliba – 6.5/10

Saliba did what was required of him at the back and was strong in the air.

CB: Gabriel – 8/10

The Brazilian talent gave a good account of himself on the defensive end of the field and was a real threat in the final third.

Emirates Stadium
Emirates Stadium

LB: Takehiro Tomiyasu – 7/10

The Japan international did his fair share of defending and made one good run with the ball.

CM: Thomas Partey – 7/10

Partey anchored the midfield with conviction and was accurate with his passing in the middle of the park.

CM: Granit Xhaka – 6.5/10

He made two important clearances at the back and completed one good dribble from midfield.

RW: Bukayo Saka – 7.5/10

Saka scored the only goal of the game with an excellent finish. He was substituted in the 81st minute.

CAM: Martin Odegaard – 7.5/10

Odegaard caused all sorts of problems for the Leeds defenders and was a real threat in front of their goal.

LW: Gabriel Martinelli – 7/10

He managed to stretch the Leeds defence at times with his dribbling but was a bit untidy with his passing.

ST: Gabriel Jesus – 6/10

Jesus had a few lively moments on the attacking end of the pitch but there was no goal for him today.

Substitutes:

CM: Fabio Viera – 6/10

He added more energy to Mikel Arteta’s midfield.

LB: Kieran Tierney – 6/10

Tierney was solid when defending inside his half.

CB: Rob Holding – N/A

He hardly had any time to influence the game.

ST: Eddie Nketiah – N/A

Nketiah had a strike at goal.

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