Four things Arteta got right as Martinelli double secures Arsenal win at Leeds

Arsenal moved four points clear of fifth-placed West Ham with a dominant 4-1 win away at Leeds United on Saturday.

The game was the only one in the Premier League to go ahead after a raft of postponements caused by Covid-19, with Mikel Arteta naming an unchanged team for the fourth time in succession.

The Gunners dominated their hosts, with Gabriel Martinelli scoring two goals in the first-half to set Arsenal on their way to the win, before Bukayo Saka added a third just before the break.

Leeds were better in the second period, scoring a penalty through Raphinha, but a late volley from substitute Emile Smith Rowe ended any hopes of an unlikely comeback.

Here, Daily Star Sport looks at four things Arteta got right to help Arsenal secure a comfortable win…

Keeping faith in Lacazette

Some had questioned why Alexandre Lacazette has continued to be Arsenal’s starting striker under Arteta.

But the Spaniard ignored those critics to again select the 30-year-old to spearhead the Gunners’ attack at Elland Road.

The Frenchman repaid that faith in full, with his turn and pressing creating the opening for Gabriel Martinelli to open the scoring.

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Building partnerships

Arteta named the same starting line-up for the fourth successive Premier League game for the clash with Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

It is clear that the settled look to the team has helped to create partnerships across the pitch, both in defence and attack.

Martinelli and Kieran Tierney provide a fearsome attacking threat on the left, with Bukayo Saka developing a similar relationship with attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard.

Arteta’s selections have also helped the Gunners defensively, with the centre-back partnership of Ben White and Gabriel leading a backline that has conceded just two goals in four games.

Taking the game to Leeds

Under Bielsa, Leeds have developed a reputation for their all-out pressing style, which has overwhelmed opponents.

With that in mind, Arteta set up Arsenal to take the game to their hosts, with the Gunners spending most of the game camped in the Leeds half.

The pressing from Arsenal forced Leeds into mistakes in position in key areas, which Arsenal exploited to full effect.

The visitors took the sting out of the Whites by securing 55 per cent of the possession and being careful to not make sloppy passes.

Seeing out the win

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Though the game was virtually won by half-time having gone three goals up inside 43 minutes, Leeds did look more threatening in the second-half.

And when Takehiro Tomiyasu was forced off injured with 26 minutes remaining, Arteta opted to make a move to secure the three points.

Despite having Nuno Tavares on the bench, the Gunners boss turned to the more defensive-minded Cedric Soares to ensure that Leeds were unable to get back into the game.

It proved to be the perfect strategy, despite Raphinha scoring a penalty to give the Whites a glimmer of hope.

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