Arsenal – Leeds United: Arsenal Unlock The Leeds Defense (4-2)

Leeds came to the Emirates Stadium with their characteristic man-marking approach. However with some smart play from the forwards, Arsenal were able to overcome Leeds’ defensive scheme to take the lead early on, and extend it to 4-0 just after half-time. Leeds threatened a comeback in the second half with two goals, but Arsenal were never in true danger of losing their lead as their defense was able to soak up most of the Leeds pressure. 
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley

Mikel Arteta’s side came into this game without a win in their last three Premier League outings, after drawing with Manchester United, then losing away at both Wolves and Aston Villa. Arsenal find themselves in need of a string of good results to make up the ground to compete for European places. They do have the second best defensive record in the league behind Manchester City, so the priority for Arteta will be to get his team scoring.

Directly above Arsenal in the table prior to this match were Leeds United, enjoying a good return to top-flight football so far this season. Marcelo Bielsa's side have picked up three wins in their last four Premier League games, including an impressive 3-1 victory away at Leicester City. 

Bielsa lined his side up in his usual 4-3-3 starting shape. Patrick Bamford led the line as striker, while behind him were wingers Raphinha and . . .

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Josh Manley (21) is a student and aspiring coach. Heavily interested in tactics and strategy in football. Watching teams from all top European leagues, but especially Manchester United and Barcelona. [ View all posts ]

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