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ARSENAL incredibly escaped Elland Road with all three points on Sunday to maintain top spot in the Premier League.

Bukayo Saka's super strike inspired the Gunners to a marginal 1-0 victory over Leeds.

And chaos reigned as the hosts saw a stoppage time penalty overturned despite Gabriel Magalhaes appearing to kick out at Patrick Bamford.

Meanwhile, the 'Drake' curse strikes again as the global rapper Drake lost out on a £500,000 bet.

Drake had huge odds on both Arsenal and Barcelona to win but the Spanish giants lost their El Clasico affair to Real Madrid.

Elsewhere, Gary Neville has slammed Arsenal's chances of winning the Premier League.

Neville believes the North London club will get pulled back into the top four race with Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United.

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  • Sam Dymond

    Good morning, Arsenal fans

    It was a nail-biting finish for Arsenal fans, as their side held on for a narrow 1-0 win at Leeds.

    A missed penalty and another reversed penalty decision had their supporters sweating and praying for the final whistle.

    Aaron Ramsdale was also needed to pull off a number of saves to thwart the home team.

    And the keeper has tweeted: “And breath! Footballing wise we were no where near it today but grit and determination was top. Huge credit to the fans, hopefully you have nails left.”

    Gary Neville has made a bold prediction about the Premier League title race.

    That’s by declaring that Arsenal will tumble down the table after the World Cup.

    Neville told Sky Sports: “I still think [City] will [run away with it].

    “I don’t think today changes it, this is a freak game playing at Anfield and I think for City it’s the most difficult game they have.

    “I still think City will run away with it. I think Arsenal will come back towards Tottenham, Chelsea, Man United, Newcastle, and I think City will sort of go away.

    “This season’s a very different season as well, post World Cup it could be completely different to what it is now.”

    The Gunners could move for £18million Andreas Schjelderup, when the January transfer window opens.

    Schjelderup of FC Nordsjalland has had trials at Tottenham and Liverpool in the past.

    Now Arsenal are looking to steal a march on their rivals, according to Calciomercato.

    The 18-year-old has eight goal contributions in just 12 matches this season.

  • Jon Boon

    Arsenal target 'next Haaland'

    The Gunners could move for £18million Andreas Schjelderup, when the January transfer window opens.

    Schjelderup of FC Nordsjalland has had trials at Tottenham and Liverpool in the past.

    Now Arsenal are looking to steal a march on their rivals, according to Calciomercato.

    The 18-year-old has eight goal contributions in just 12 matches this season.

  • Jon Boon

    Neville predicts Arsenal will tumble

    Gary Neville has made a bold prediction about the Premier League title race.

    That’s by declaring that Arsenal will tumble down the table after the World Cup.

    Neville told Sky Sports: “I still think [City] will [run away with it].

    “I don’t think today changes it, this is a freak game playing at Anfield and I think for City it’s the most difficult game they have.

    “I still think City will run away with it. I think Arsenal will come back towards Tottenham, Chelsea, Man United, Newcastle, and I think City will sort of go away. 

    “This season’s a very different season as well, post World Cup it could be completely different to what it is now.”

  • Jon Boon

    Piers: 'Arsenal may win the Prem'

    Piers Morgan led excited Arsenal fans in claiming they can win the Premier League – after the Gunners stayed four points clear thanks to Manchester City's "bubble bursting".

    Arsenal's 1-0 win at Leeds was followed by City losing 1-0 away to Liverpool as drama and controversy hit both Premier League matches.

    And although celebrity Gunners' fan Morgan insists he is "trying to stay calm" about their title chances he is clearly failing.

    Arsenal's ninth victory in ten Prem matches this season stretched their advantage at the top as second-placed City lost for the first time.

    SunSport columnist Piers tweeted: "OMG. Four points clear… City’s bubble bursting…

    "I’m trying to stay calm, and I know it’s still early days… but ARSENAL MAY ACTUALLY WIN THE BLOODY PREMIER LEAGUE."

  • Jon Boon

    Invincibles remain invincible… for now

    Arsenal are four points clear at the top of the table… but fans are rejoicing for another reason.

    That’s because Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles remain the only unbeaten side in history after Manchester City lost to Liverpool today.

    Pep Guardiola’s champs were yet to lose in nine league games before Sunday’s trip to Anfield.

    But a goal from Liverpool star Mo Salah sealed a 1-0 win for the hosts, ending City’s dreams of not losing during the entire campaign.

    It means Arsenal remain the only side to maintain a perfect record in one Premier League season.

    The Gunners did not lose one single match during the 2003/04 term during Wenger’s golden years at the club.

  • Jon Boon

    Gunners pull clear

    The top of the table makes sweet viewing for Arsenal fans.

    And now they've opened up a four point lead over Man City, who lost to Liverpool today.

    Whisper it quietly; but we have a title race on.

  • Jon Boon

    History makers

    Thanks to their away win at Leeds, Arsenal are smashing the record books.

    For the first time in the club’s 136-year history, Arsenal have won 9 of their opening 10 games of a top-flight league season.

    They were made to sweat at Elland Road, but they just about hung on.

  • Jon Boon

    Nail-biting finish

    It was a nail-biting finish for Arsenal fans, as their side held on for a narrow 1-0 win at Leeds.

    A missed penalty and another reversed penalty decision had their supporters sweating and praying for the final whistle.

    Aaron Ramsdale was also needed to pull off a number of saves to thwart the home team.

    And the keeper has tweeted: "And breath! Footballing wise we were no where near it today but grit and determination was top. Huge credit to the fans, hopefully you have nails left."

  • Jon Boon

    Arteta thankful for VAR

    Mikel Arteta is thankful that VAR was in full working order.

    The match against Leeds was stopped for 40 minutes after a problem with VAR technology working.

    The Gunners needed the system to overturn a penalty decision against them to win 1-0 at Elland Road.

    After the game, Arteta joked: "Thank god we made the system work before the game."

  • Jon Boon

    Arsenal's maturity

    Arsenal had to dig deep to record a win away at Leeds.

    The Gunners were under the cosh and survived a penalty miss to earn three points.

    And after the game, the match-winner Bukayo Saka spoke of the importance of winning ugly.

    He said:“It’s big momentum for us. We’ve won another game, and we just need to keep going and pushing like this. Somedays won’t be easy like today. We showed that we can win no matter what. It’s really good for us today."

  • Jon Boon

    F/T Leeds 0-1 Arsenal

    The Gunners prevail… just about.

    Leeds had a goal disallowed, missed a penalty and had another penalty overturned in an entertaining game.

    But Arsenal won't mind winning ugly. They stay top of the league.

  • Jon Boon

    Drama

    Leeds thought they had another penalty.

    The ref awarded one, after Gabriel kicked out at Bamford. Gabriel was given a red card and Leeds given a spot kick.

    But a VAR check reverses the decision. Arsenal fans can breath again.

  • Kiro Evans

    Missed Penalty

    Patrick Bamford has just missed a glorious chance to level up the scoreline – as he missed from the spot for Leeds.

    A Saliba handball gave Leeds the penalty but they blew their chance.

    But halfway into the second half and the home side are putting a lot of pressure on Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta witnessing his side's least convincing performance so far this season. They have been clinging on to their lead the last 10 minutes.

    Follow the last 20 minutes with our live commentary here.

  • Kiro Evans

    Saka Special

    Arsenal's game at Leeds has struggled to get going due to the suspension – but it's just been lit up with a moment of quality.

    Bukayo Saka with an exceptional finish from an awkward angle has handed Arsenal the lead at Elland Road.

    Less than 10 minutes to go before half-time and you can follow our blow-by-blow match coverage here.

  • Kiro Evans

    Back Underway

    The football is finally back underway at Elland Road after the suspension due to a power cut.

    Luis Sinisterra hits an effort just wide following the restart.

    Follow all of the action on our live match blog.

  • Kiro Evans

    Restart in 5 minutes

    After the technological failure, the game will be getting underway again at Elland Road at 14.40.

    Given we only played 5 minutes, half-time will likely fall around 15.20 and this game not far before 16.30.

    The players are out on the pitch warming up again.

  • Kiro Evans

    Bizarre stuff at Leeds

    The players are heading back into the tunnel at Elland Road due to a reported power cut just before the game that is affecting the technology.

    The game is suspended after several minutes of the players waiting around on the pitch.

    We have minute-by-minute updates on the situation here.

  • Kiro Evans

    Kick-off Approaching

    Leeds and Arsenal are set to meet for the 126th time in all competitions – and the Gunners boast a good record.

    They have not lost to Leeds since 2003, and are unbeaten in their last 12 meetings. Arsenal have not lost at Elland Road since 2000.

    Due to their own bad form, fixture cancellations and the international break, Leeds' last win was all the way back on the 21st August when they battered Chelsea.

    Arsenal have won eight times in all competitions since then.

    Follow our live match coverage here.

  • Kiro Evans

    Unchanged

    Arsenal are unchanged from last weekend's win over Liverpool.

    That means, even with no Mo Salah to worry about, Takehiro Tomiyasu continues in defence with Kieran Tierney on the bench. Oleksandr Zinchenko is still missing.

  • Kiro Evans

    Starting Line-Up Prediction

    Team news from Elland Road should be out within 20 minutes but until then, SunSport have given their guess at what Arsenal's team could look like.

    With the game not on TV, feel free to follow our commentary here.

    Arteta could make changes after he fielded some senior players for Thursday's Europa League trip
  • Kiro Evans

    Leeds v Arsenal preview

    It's less than two hours until kick-off at Elland Road with Arsenal facing up to a tricky test away at Leeds.

    The reward if they win would be a four point gap at the top of the Premier League for a few hours at least.

    But on paper this is far from an easy game, with Leeds capable of ripping apart many teams with their high-pressing, energetic style.

    And with talents such as Brenden Aaronson and Luis Sinisterra – back from suspension – now in their attack, the Gunners should face a far tougher test than last season.

    On that occasion they won 1-4 at Leeds in December with Gabriel Martinelli netting a brace.

  • Alex Terrell

    I shed a few Tiers

    Kieran Tierney has admitted being "gutted" at being dropped for Arsenal's win over Liverpool – but insists his manager made the right call.

    Mikel Arteta sprung a tactical surprise last week when he started Takehiro Tomiyasu in the left-back position for the game against Jurgen Klopp's Reds.

    Tierney revealed his disappointment at being told.

    He said to Football Daily: "I was thinking that I got taken off in the Thursday game maybe to keep me for ready for the Sunday – and maybe that at the time was his plan as well.

    "Then, the day before the match, [Arteta] said 'it's not on your performance, this is just a tactical change that I want to make.'

    "I was like 'I'm gutted'. I'm not going to be angry, I'm not going to not try hard, but I'm gutted because I want to play every opportunity I can. Especially the big games and you want to soak up the atmosphere."

  • Alex Terrell

    Mikel's got Art and soul

    Mikel Arteta has put the heart back into Arsenal, just like George Graham did.

    Perry Groves was Graham's first signing as Gunners boss and he experienced first hand how the Scot moulded a young and hungry squad into winners.

    Groves sees parallels in the way Arteta revived the club's fortunes — with Arsenal top of the Premier League after nine games, ahead of today's trip to Leeds.

    The two-time title winner, who joined from Colchester in September 1986, said: "I remember sitting down with the gaffer before I signed.

    "He said: 'I'm going to change the dynamic of this football club. I am going to put the heart back into this football club.

    "You are very raw. I can improve you technically and tactically. But one thing I can't do is put a heart into somebody. That resonates with me more now than it did then, because I just wanted to sign the contract.

    "Has Arteta put the heart back into Arsenal? You only have to be at the Emirates to know that."

  • Nyle Smith

    Balogun hints at future

    Folarin Balogun has hinted that he sees himself staying at Arsenal long-term.

    The Reims loanee has been exceptional during his short stint in France, sitting fifth on the scoring charts.

    And reports suggested that he could be looking to sign for the French outfit permanently.

    But the youngster has made it clear that his heart remains in North London.

    Balogun told L' Equipe “Arsenal is my family! For me, the club represents brotherhood and unity. There, I learned always to push my limits."

  • Nyle Smith

    Gunner go for it

    Tottenham's 2-0 victory over Everton has meant that both Spurs and Manchester City on trail Arsenal by a point before tomorrow.

    So Mikel Arteta will be determined for his side to secure all three points at Elland Road.

    Arsenal did the double over Leeds last season which should give them a lot of encouragement.

    But the Yorkshire giants have recruited new faces since then and they'll be eager to put this winless run behind them.

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