Premier League News: Thank God for VAR!” Arteta felt relieved after Arsenal’s dramatic victory over Leeds

    Mikel Arteta said ‘thank God’ for VAR after Premier League leaders Arsenal held on to a 1-0 win over Leeds United.

    Sunday’s game at Elland Road was suspended just a couple of minutes into it as the power outage affected Hawkeye and communication between referee Chris Kavanagh and VAR.

    The match resumed after a delay of approximately 40 minutes and Bukayo Saki’s fourth goal in three matches gave the Gunners a halftime lead, with the England international becoming the first player to score 50 goals during Arteta’s reign.

    Leeds dominated the second half, with Patrick Bamford failing to score on a push from Gabriel Magalhain for a minute after taking the field, before failing to convert a penalty.

    Bamford missed another clear chance as Aaron Ramsdale kept Leeds at bay and there was a final twist when the Leeds striker got another penalty after being kicked by Gabriel, who was shown a red card for kicking back.

    However, referee Kavanagh instead awarded Arsenal a free kick and showed Gabriel a yellow card after seeing on a fieldside monitor that Bamford had pushed the centre-back to the ground.

    With a seventh straight win, the Gunners were four points clear of second-placed Manchester City against Liverpool and Arteta felt relieved after an eventful day in West Yorkshire.

    Asked to reflect on the match, the Arsenal boss told Sky Sports: “Fuss! It’s always very tense here, we were exceptional in the first half and we had to play two or three times.

    “A credit to Leeds in the second half, we made so many mistakes and didn’t build momentum, but I just love the relentless passion the team played with and how we found a way to win.”

    He added about VAR’s recent decision: “I didn’t see it, but everyone says the decision was clear. Thank God the system worked, this delay was worth it, because without VAR I don’t know what would have happened!”

    Arteta praised the character shown by his players after a 1-0 victory over Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League, where Saka scored the only goal of the game after his brace in a 3-2 win over Liverpool last weekend.

    The Spaniard said: “This is something special. This is not accidental, it shows the readiness that I see in the eyes of the players to win, to compete.

    “Many players played in Norway two and a half days ago, came back on Friday and were still ready to win, so they have to be given credit.”

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