The Warm Down: Arsenal 2-1 Leeds United
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Cedric Soares of Arsenal prepares to throw the ball in during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on May 08, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Unfazed by injuries.

The replacements that Mikel Arteta has picked for his side have stepped up to the plate exactly when they were needed, while there is hope Thomas Partey will be returning for the end of the season, his replacement Mohammed Elneny will make him work hard for his spot in the team whenever he does return.

During Takehiro Tomiyasu's time out with injury, Cedric was another name who excelled far beyond the fans expectations of him. Nuno Tavares has had a shaky few months for the Gunners and this fixture saw Tomiyasu move over to the left and Cedric fill in on the right hand side of the defence.

We have heard before that Tomiyasu can play anywhere in the back four of a defence and we started to see that side of him yesterday, one of Arteta's best signings for the club so far and his versatility to adjust his position is just one of the reasons for that.

Mohammed Elneny's performances have been rewarded with a new contract and he immediately began repaying that on Sunday, filling in for the injured Thomas Partey, he has been able to control the midfield just as well as Partey does himself. The ability to be able to perform to these levels make him a welcome bonus, as we all know not one of the first names on the team sheet, the next bonus is he does not expect much game time from the Spanish boss.

The Result.

Another solid performance from Arsenal as a team once more, a pre kick off atmosphere that many will remember for a long time as fans belted out their new adopted song as the players prepared for the game.

A very quick start for Arsenal, a terrible mistake from goalkeeper Illan Meslier gave Eddie Nketiah a golden opportunity to open the scoring for Arsenal. Not five minutes later, Nketiah was there again slotting home his second of the game to double Arsenal's lead. Leeds day was summed up as Luke Ayling was dismissed just before the half hour mark reducing them to ten men.

Arsenal spent most of the game in firm control of the ball and their opponents did not look too interested in having possession of the ball either. Very few shots on the Arsenal goal were seen by Aaron Ramsdale, who was hardly called into action at all throughout the game.

Meslier's mistake will go down as one of the worst we have seen this season but Arsenal fans will not be bothered by this fact as it got the team off to the start they needed. Of course, there should be more squad depth in place for the club next season, but with names who have not performed to adequate levels in the past for the club now stepping up and putting in a shift that the club and their fans deserve, the fans will be feeling confident with very few games remaining this season.

The North London derby comes up next for the side and it has never been more vital for the club with the battle for fourth place well and truly on, after those they will travel to Newcastle before welcoming Everton to the Emirates on the final day of the season.

These three points were massive for the club with Tottenham dropping points at the weekend, they have extended their lead in fourth to four points and Arsenal fans are extremely excited at the prospect of returning to the Champions League next season. One other promising sign has been Eddie Nketiah who had a change of heart and wishes to stay at the club, his performances have been showing how hard he is willing to work to get what he deserves.

 

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