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Arsenal 4-2 Leeds United, Player Ratings: Aubameyang lethal but Meslier has nightmare

Arsenal captain Aubameyang was in lethal form, netting a hat-trick that was more than assisted by some poor goalkeeping

 
7:24pm on Sunday 14th February 2021
By
Paul Macdonald

Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped themselves to a haul of goals as Leeds United were comfortably beaten 4-2 at the Emirates.

The Gunners captain struck a hat-trick in the clash, showing excellent finishing to punish Marcelo Bielsa's side who were naive defensively throughout.

Arsenal 4-2 Leeds United: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

But who else performed to a high standard?

✔️ GOOD PERFORMANCE

Hector Bellerin: 7.7

The full-back hasn't always been able to recover the form he showed prior to suffering a serious ligament injury, but he turned on the style here.

He was given plenty of freedom on the right flank to get involved in attacks and Leeds' backline couldn't always stay in touch with him.

He capped things off by slamming home at the near post to all but seal the win in the first half, and it was an encouraging afternoon for a player still getting back to where he once was.

❌ BAD PERFORMANCE

Illan Meslier: 3.9

The 20-year-old has had his moments this season but it's fair to say that he did his defenders no favours with a dreadful first-half showing.

He allowed Aubameyang's low shot to creep inside his near post, showing a weak hand when going down low, then he was too slow with the ball at his feet and Bukayo Saka picked his pocket, forcing the keeper to bring him down for a penalty.

And to make things worse he couldn't keep out Hector Bellerin's low driven shot at his near post, an effort that he really should have done more to keep out.

Bielsa will be hoping his confidence isn't negatively impacted by what was an altogether miserable showing.

⭐ STAR MAN

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 9.0

The skipper returned to the side after a spell missing and did so in explosive style, taking Leeds on a run-around.

He opened the scoring by fashioning a bit of space on the left flank and being able to squeeze his shot in at the near post, though Illan Meslier should perhaps have done better.

He powered home from the penalty spot for number two, after Bukayo Saka had been brought down inside the area.

And he showed striking instincts to connect with Smith-Rowe's arrowed cross to nod into the empty net and all but secure the victory. He also pinged a shot off the post as well as creating a Big Chance for team-mate Martin Odegaard. A great all-round display.

Arsenal 4-2 Leeds United: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

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