Arsenal kept their Champions League hopes alive by defeating 10-man Leeds United 2-1. Eddie Nketiah scored twice against his former club as Arsenal kept their Champions League hopes alive.
Nketiah took advantage of an error by Illan Meslier to put the Gunners in front, and he added a second just 10 minutes later at the Emirates Stadium.
Leeds was dealt another major blow when captain Luke Ayling was sent off for a reckless first-half lunge on Gabriel Martinelli with only 27 minutes played.
In the second half, Diego Llorente equalized, but Arsenal moved four points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham, while Jesse Marsch’s team slid into the bottom three after Everton beat Leicester City.
Meslier gave Arsenal the lead in the fifth minute, taking a hard touch on Ayling’s back pass and laying it over to Nketiah.
After Martinelli picked him up with a cutback from the byline, Nketiah doubled the Gunners’ lead five minutes later, finishing clinically with his left foot from close to the penalty spot.
Leeds’ bad start got even worse when Ayling was sent off for a careless challenge, with referee Chris Kavanagh issuing a red card after a VAR check after first booking the defender.
With Leeds on the ropes, Llorente cleared off the line late in the first half, and Martinelli forced a save from Meslier after the restart before blazing over the crossbar.
When Junior Firpo flicked in a corner from the left and Llorente was on hand to tuck home with his right foot at the back post, Llorente gave Leeds a lifeline.
When Martin Odegaard cut inside and fired a left-footed drive just wide, he squandered an opportunity to restore Arsenal’s two-goal lead, but Nketiah’s double stretched Arsenal’s winning streak to four games.