Leeds beat again in EPL, 4-1 by Arsenal

Injury-stricken Leeds suffered their alarming second loss in five days, 4-1 at home to Arsenal in the only English Premier League game to take place on Saturday amid a wave of pandemic-related postponements.

The match was marred by an allegation of racial abuse by a spectator towards Arsenal players. This was reported to officials by Arsenal, manager Mikel Arteta said.

After a 7-0 beating at Manchester City on Tuesday, Leeds – up to nine senior players and with a 15-year-old on the bench amid an injury crisis – were torn apart in the first half as Gabriel Martinelli scored twice and Bukayo Saka added another.

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Leeds even lost another player, Jack Harrison, to an injury before half-time and manager Marcelo Bielsa had his head bowed as he returned to the locker room, his side allowing 15 shots on goal in a chaotic display.

The home side were better organized in the second half and managed to console themselves when Raphinha converted a penalty after 19-year-old striker Joe Gelhardt was tripped by Ben White, former Arsenal center-back at Leeds .

Emile Smith Rowe’s substitute goal in the 84th minute, after it was played by Martin Odegaard, added to the misery of Leeds, who are five points above the relegation zone after appearing in three games more than the penultimate Burnley.

Arsenal have consolidated fourth place in the Champions League qualifying race and are four points above West Ham’s fifth place after appearing in 18 of 38 games.

Arteta said the incident involving the alleged racial abuse occurred in the first half.

Arteta said he was a “single person” who was apparently targeting the alleged abuse towards one of Arsenal’s substitutes.

“Very disappointed because we’ve done so much in football to try to avoid it,” he said, “but he’s one person. I don’t think it deserves a full stadium to pay for it. price.

“It was a one-off incident and it needs to be reported. It has been reported and now the authorities will have to work with the clubs to understand what happened.”

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Burnley’s game at Aston Villa was postponed earlier on Saturday due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Villa’s squad, reducing the Premier League’s final round to four games. The other three games will take place on Sunday.


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Edward L. Robinett