In a controversial clash at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon, Arsenal managed a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Leeds.
By opening this weekend with a one-point margin at the top of the Premier League table, the successful Gunners have only added to an excellent start to the 2022/23 season.
When England international Bukayo Saka ended up beating the winner 10 minutes before half-time, the mood in the Arsenal camp was red-hot.
Increasing the pressure on a Leeds team that has collapsed after their attractive start to the new season, the Whites will feel they deserve to leave Elland Road to show something for their efforts.
With Patrick Bamford missing a penalty in the second half, we’ve covered the main topics for discussion after Sunday’s meeting in Yorkshire.
Can Arsenal really make history this season?
Watching Liverpool pull off a thrilling 1-0 victory over defending champions Manchester City later in the day, some in the Arsenal camp may be beginning to believe they could be a serious upset this season.
While the Gunners may have ended up missing out on a return to the top four back in May, Mikel Arteta’s side have launched a new campaign in the midst of a wonderful purple spot.
While Arsenal may have suffered a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United as early as September 4, Arteta’s young players have managed to prove it was just a small slip.
After setting a real record last weekend when they delivered a thrilling 3-2 home win over Liverpool, the Sunday away side won nine of their first 10 Premier League matches this time around.
While the Gunners may not have performed at their best here, there is no doubt that Arteta would have been proud of the stern display his team put on at Elland Road.
Can Arsenal really stun world football this season ahead of midweek matches?
Leeds should benefit from a tough game
After kicking off the 2022/23 season with a 2-1 home win over Wolverhampton Wolves on 8 August, Leeds have received a lot of applause from across the Premier League.
With their stellar start underscored by a breakneck 3-0 win against Chelsea, Jesse Marsh’s side were determined to avoid another relegation slump this time around.
Only clinging to their top status in May, the Yorkshire side pretty much tumbled to the ground after their attractive start.
However, while Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the title underdogs could mean they are in the midst of a six-game losing streak in the Premier League, the former RB Leipzig boss should take away the positives from Sunday’s standoff at Elland Road. .
Asking Arsenal a series of questions and watching Bamford miss a penalty in the second half, Marsh’s team created plenty of golden moments here.
Happy to welcome 23-year-old Luis Sinisterra after a one-match ban, Leeds will now face a mandatory mid-week win as they travel to Leicester.
Saka shoots to the fullest
While Saka could have started a new campaign with just one Premier League goal in any of his first eight Premier League appearances, the England international is now showing impressive form.
It appears that after returning from the September international break, Arsenal’s homegrown superstar hit the ground running immediately, once again becoming Arteta’s standout.
Opening the scoring 10 minutes before halftime and ultimately leaving Elland Road with a winner, Saka has scored four goals in his three appearances across all formats over the past week.
After scoring a brace against Liverpool on 9 October as they posted their dynamic 3-2 win, the 21-year-old also provided four assists in as many matches.
It looks like Saka is close to signing a new deal with the Emirates and Gareth Southgate will also be thrilled by the youngster’s recent purple patch.
Saka, who is expected to play his part in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar next month, once again showed his class on Sunday afternoon.
Leeds: Mellier, Nissen, Koch, Cooper, Strake, Adams, Roca, Aaronson, Harrison, Sinisterra, Rodrigo
Subscriptions: Bamford, Summerville, Klich, Gelhardt
Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu, Xhaka, Party, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Jesus
Subscriptions: Tierney, Nketiah, Holding, Vieira
Goals: Saka (35′)
Yellow cards: Saliba, Gabriel
Red cards: N/A
Referee: Chris Kavanagh