Leeds 0-1 Arsenal: Bukayo Saka keeps Gunners top and Patrick Bamford misses a penalty as VAR drama strikes again

Leeds 0-1 Arsenal: Bukayo Saka keeps Gunners top and Patrick Bamford misses a penalty as VAR drama strikes again

Bukayo Saka continued his fine form to keep Arsenal on top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Leeds, but the visitors were lucky to escape with victory as Patrick Bamford missed a second-half penalty.

In a bizarre start to the game, a power cut after 60 seconds forced a 40-minute suspension – and a contest that was dominated by VAR drama was nearly played without the video technology.

“There was a moment in there where we almost played without VAR,” said Marsch after the game – and it went on to take centre stage.

In an even first half where Leeds went toe-to-toe with the league leaders, Saka took advantage of Rodrigo’s needless crossfield ball to crash the Gunners into the lead with an emphatic finish.



Leeds replaced Rodrigo with Bamford at half-time – who changed the flow of the game. First, the striker saw a close-range finish controversially ruled out for offside for a push on Gabriel – before putting his spot kick wide after William Saliba handballed.

VAR struck again in stoppage time as Arsenal conceded a penalty and Gabriel was sent off for violent conduct on Bamford, but referee Chris Kavanagh was sent to the monitor and eventually gave a foul in the opposite direction.

The result moves Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal four points clear of Manchester City at the summit.



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