Arsenal  v Leeds United Carabao Cup Last 16 Tuesday 26th October 2021 


This was a chance to get into the quarter-finals of the League Cup, so who would make it?

It was an inform Arsenal  against a not-so-in form Leeds United.

It was played at the Emirates Stadium.

After 10 minutes, Maitland-Niles tackled by LLorente, then Kolasinac followed up by shooting at Meslier for a corner which came to nothing.

On the quarter hour, Roberts had a shot for Leeds inside the area which was blocked, for a corner which came to nothing.

4 minutes later, a long ball towards James by Llorente was smothered by Leno, then Pepe cut inside and shot way over for Arsenal.

After 6 minutes, Harrison crossed towards Rodrigo which was cleared for a corner, LLorente went backwards with his header to Harrison who shot just outside the area which was saved well by Leno.

Just before the half hour, James shot from the edge of the box but was saved easily by Leno.

Just before halftime, Smith-Rowe volleyed over for Arsenal.

Halftime score:  Arsenal 0-0 Leeds United

It was a good first half, Leeds maybe just edged it, how would the 2nd half go, were we heading for penalties?

After 51 minutes, a decent Arsenal corner was cleared by Harrison eventually.

1st Arsenal goal

After 56 minutes, a scrappy goal as from an Arsenal corner, there were a couple of headers before Chambers headed powerfully, Meslier thought he’d saved it and eventually the goal line technology flashed on the ref’s watch and it said it went over the line, so Arsenal led and on the reply it was clearly over.

After 68 minutes, good play by Leeds and Harrison shot from outside the box was saved.

2nd Arsenal goal

With twenty minutes to go, Arsenal scored a 2nd as a Cooper header back towards Meslier was nowhere near, Nketiah reacted and the ball went in the air and he went round Meslier and the ball just went over, could have been an embarrassing moment for Nketiah.

After 83 minutes, Greenwood’s straight went straight to Leno.

A minute before the end, Lacazette did well to work a shot for himself but he blasted over.

In the 4th minute of stoppage time, Harrison’s shot was blocked, then Gelhardt took his man on but shot wide.

Fulltime score: Arsenal 2-0 Leeds United

A disappointing night in the end for Leeds as their League Cup campaign ended at the last 16 stage, but Arsenal deserved winners.

Highlights of this match are at this link:

Next for Leeds is another crucial Premier League game as they go to Norfolk to face Norwich City on Sunday October 31st (Halloween) 2pm kickoff.

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