Posted by admin on February 15, 2021
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claimed his first-ever Premier League hat-trick as we returned to winning ways in an action-packed match.
Making his first start for a month, the skipper led the line superbly at centre forward, taking his tally to 11 for the season in the process.
But we had to see off a late Leeds fightback, who struck twice in the second half when we appeared to be cruising at 4-0 up.
We were good value for the points though, having looked lively from the very start. Emile Smith Rowe and Hector Bellerin both had shots off target before we took the lead.
Despite making five changes, the side was gelling well, and it was a nice move that led to the opener. Gabriel, Emile Smith Rowe and Granit Xhaka were involved but all the hard work was done by Aubameyang. He cut in from the left, beat his man then wrong footed the keeper with a low finish inside the near post.
The skipper had a great chance to double the lead following a marauding run from David Luiz into the box. He picked out Aubameyang with the cut back, but his shot was well blocked by Luke Ayling to deflect the shot over the bar.
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