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Unlikely heroes seal Arsenal progress as Leno proves he’s up for fight


Between the two teams, they made 13 changes to their respective starting XIs and it meant we had some unlikely heroes at Emirates Stadium.

Calum Chambers and Eddie Nketiah ultimately grabbed the headlines by getting the goals in a 2-0 win on an evening that failed to live up to the Friday night fireworks supplied when Arsenal beat Aston Villa.

That was hardly surprisingly however, given the fact Mikel Arteta made nine changes to the side who dismantled Villa 3-1.

Only Ben White and Emile Smith Rowe kept their places and, as a result, the Gunners played like a group of players short on minutes and chemistry.

It led to a disjointed first half that actually saw Leeds create the best chances, with Bernd Leno making good saves to deny Dan James and Jack Harrison.

As the game went on Arsenal began to find some rhythm, but it always felt like this would be a tie decided by the subs bench. In the end, it was, but not by likely heroes such as Alexandre Lacazette or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Instead, it was Chambers who came off the bench to score with his first touch. The defender was brought on in the 55th minute due to an injury to Ben White, which will have concerned Arteta, and he scored moments later from a corner. Chambers headed home and was mobbed by the bench after putting Arsenal ahead.

The game still hung in the balance, but Arsenal were gifted a second goal 21 minutes from the end. Liam Cooper tried to head the ball back to his goalkeeper, but it looped high into the air and Nketiah was able to steal in to score.

Another unlikely hero on a night where Arsenal got the job done, even if they weren’t at their best.


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