Bukayo Saka’s solo goal was enough for Arsenal at Elland Road on Sunday, as they beat Leeds United to stay four points clear of their arch-rivals.
Arsenal came into the match hoping to keep their fighting chance at the top alive, as they have won eight of their last nine matches, with their only defeat coming against Manchester United.
After victories in two of their first three Premier League games this season, drawing the other one, Leeds are without a win in five matches.
Losses against Brighton and Hove Albion, Brentford, and Crystal Palace and draws against Everton and Aston Villa have seen Jesse Marsch’s side plummet from third to fifth but they are unbeaten at home this campaign.
In the first minute, Referee Chris Kavanagh brought the match to a halt, after he was unable to communicate with his fellow officials, meaning that play was suspended for around 40 minutes.
Those in attendance made their feelings clear about VAR, with Premier League stadiums enduring a testing weekend on the technology front following a PA system failure at St James’ Park ahead of the opening game in the Rugby League World Cup.
Leeds posed them plenty of problems, on and off the field, but this Gunners team is made of stern stuff and continues to show that they have plenty of graft to go with the guile.
Saka has now scored in his last three appearances across all competitions and is enjoying a series of incredible touches in his matches.
Having scored a match-winning brace against Liverpool and his decisive strike at Bodo/Glimt, he scored again against Leeds.
He fired high into the roof of the net from a tight angle after collecting a perfectly-weighted pass from Odegaard.
In the end, Saka’s goal was enough as Mikel Arteta’s men remain at the top of the Premier League table, with 27 points to their name, after edging an entertaining encounter with Jesse Marsch’s Whites which had a bit of everything.