Three goals in seven minutes sinks Leeds

15 Feb 2021 08:46 am, by Ellandback1


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Aubameyang highlights Leeds frailties

A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hat-trick, completed in the opening stages of the second half was enough to give the Gunners three valuable points, leap frogging the Whites into the top 10 of the Premiership. It was a day that Illan Meslier will want to forget. The 20 year old was beaten at his near post after just 13mins. The scoreline was doubled five minutes before half time. The former Lorient shot stopper spent too long deciding who to distribute the ball to, and was tackled by Bukayo Saka. The England youngster took advantage of Meslier's out stretched leg, ending up rolling around the penalty area like he'd been shot.

This was nothing more than Arsenal deserved. Minutes earlier VAR had overturned an Arsenal penalty when Cooper was given the benefit of the doubt that he out muscled Aubameyang in the area. The decision could have easily gone against the Scot as many saw the incident as clumsy. VAR didn't save Meslier, and Aubameyang made no mistake from 12 yards. Three minutes later, Arsenal stretched their lead to three when Hector Bellerin scored his first goal for two years for the North London side. A heavily defended Leeds penalty area was breached once again after good work from Saka. The Spanish right back once again beat Meslier at his near post.

Two minutes into the second half, Arsenal made it four. Second half substitute Costa was dispossessed by Smith-Rowe. The youngster found Aubameyang on the back post, heading the ball into the empty net. After scoring three goals in seven minutes, it was Leeds turn to go on the offensive. Struijk netted his first goal for the club following a Raphinha corner. This was followed by 11 minutes later when Costa scored from twelve yards, after great link up play between Raphinha and Roberts. Arsenal missed a couple of guilt edged opportunities to extend their scoreline in the second half, though it was a comfortable win for the North London Club.





Post match reactions from the Emirates


Leeds Manager Marcelo Bielsa...



Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta...



Do Leeds need to change the way they play?

Four at Arsenal, three at Spurs, six at Old Trafford, three at Chelea, four at Anfield! Is it time that Marcelo Bielsa change tact against the top clubs in the Premiership. This weekend we saw West Brom hold Manchester Utd to a 1-1 draw. Do they have superior players - No! Is it a change of tactic - Yes! Whats more important? Style of play or points? Recently several Sports journalists have attacked the Argentine's tactics, saying Leeds will not improve as a team, unless they are willing to adopt change against certain teams!

Agree?




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Cjay wrote on 15 Feb 2021 05:50 pm

CHAPELALLMAN wrote: Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:25 pm Arsenal stifled our DM and stifled our FBs - that's the easy way to cut off our build up play before it develops and for launching a quick attack if passes are intercepted or go astray - especially with Meslier struggling with his distribution.
Watched the MOTD analysis and they basically highlighted how Struijk was a hindrance.

Took up the wrong positions, actually inadvertently closed off our passing lanes and we ended up bypassing him 2nd half.

Also highlighted how our 1v1 system was easily beaten by good movement and 1 touch play in the 1st half.

I dont like the 1v1 system i have to say, never have, better passing teams like Arsenal showed can make it look to easy.

Good analysis though by Ian Wright

mothbanquet wrote on 15 Feb 2021 04:37 pm

Irish Ian wrote: Mon Feb 15, 2021 4:37 pm Klich was playing with an injury we hear.
That would certainly explain it then.

Irish Ian wrote on 15 Feb 2021 04:37 pm

mothbanquet wrote: Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:46 pm They took advantage of Strujik's inexperience for sure, Aubamayang is a top class player and will give most DMs a hard time if he's got a mind to. That said I think Klich and Dallas could've worked harder to make themselves available for him. Both were nowhere near mobile enough the first half and only Dallas rectified that in the second.
Klich was playing with an injury we hear.

mothbanquet wrote on 15 Feb 2021 02:46 pm

CHAPELALLMAN wrote: Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:25 pm Arsenal stifled our DM and stifled our FBs - that's the easy way to cut off our build up play before it develops and for launching a quick attack if passes are intercepted or go astray - especially with Meslier struggling with his distribution.
They took advantage of Strujik's inexperience for sure, Aubamayang is a top class player and will give most DMs a hard time if he's got a mind to. That said I think Klich and Dallas could've worked harder to make themselves available for him. Both were nowhere near mobile enough the first half and only Dallas rectified that in the second.

CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 15 Feb 2021 02:25 pm

Cjay wrote: Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:15 pm To many square pegs.

To many injuries.

Struijk lacks the intelligence to play as a dm at the moment and it stifles our build up play.

Let him have the ball, block off his exit routes and we got nothing.

I dont like him at dm tbh, he looks like what he is, a cb playing in dm.

Not a massive criticism, so did Ben White it isnt easy.

But no we dont need to change our style, we cant.

I think we can agree that the style protects us? We arent a team of superstars, the style and hard work of the players has gotten us to where we are.

If we change it the players may find the deficiencies exposed far more.

I doubt Dallas, Ali and Ayling would cope defending against pacey Premier league wingers for most of the game every game.

Cooper, Struijk and Ayling would no way cope with the movement and aerial threat they would have to contend with if we sat back more often than not.

And Raph would be on the 1st plane put of here.

Our style is what makes us who we are, change it to try and be a Burnley and we would struggle to win another match, i really believe that.

That being said we have shown we can be a bit less gung ho and thats correct, a gappy medium is fine.
Arsenal stifled our DM and stifled our FBs - that's the easy way to cut off our build up play before it develops and for launching a quick attack if passes are intercepted or go astray - especially with Meslier struggling with his distribution.