Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United ran riot at The Hawthorns as they scored 5 against home side West Brom Albion on Wednesday. The win sent them to 11th in the table with 23 points, while Sam Allardyce’s side remains second-bottom on eight points from 16 games. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal kept their winning run intact as they pipped Brighton 0-1 away from home. Arsenal are now 13th with 20 points from 16 games.
West Brom vs Leeds United
Bielsa’s side scored five goals as this was their biggest top-flight victory since a 6-1 win at Charlton Athletic in April 2003. Leeds were in the lead in the 9th minute from an own goal off Romaine Sawyers. A back pass from Sawyers under pressure beat goalkeeper Sam Johnstone who was to the left of his goal. The home side failed to recover as they continued to wither away in their attacks. Bielsa’s vicious attacking play reflected when Leeds got 3 more goals within the first 45 minutes.
Goals from Ezgjan Alioski, Jack Harrison, and Rodrigo gave the visitors a 0-4 lead at halftime. A brilliant strike from Brazilian Raphinha in the 72nd minute was the final nail on the coffin of West Brom, who are still in search of their first win at home this season.
Sam Allardyce spoke to Sky Sports, “Things can happen like that [the own goal], they are unexpected but when they do happen, they have to pick themselves up and fight, be determined.”
“It was a game where we defended well and we were efficient upfront. From eight chances we scored five and that helped the result,” Bielsa told Sky Sports.
Arsenal carried their winning run from their last victory against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium to the Falmer Stadium on Wednesday. Substitute Alexandre Lacazette’s goal gave the Gunners a much-needed breathing space from the relegation zone. It took the French international just 21 seconds to score the game’s only goal when he came on as a substitute.
Despite having eight shots on goal, Brighton failed to convert in the first half, compared to Arsenal’s one. The visitors were more pressing in the second half, as they had two chances to take the lead. Aubameyang was denied from close range and Gabriel Martinelli’s right-footed shot went over the crossbar. It was Lacazette who scored in the 66th minute to seal Arsenal’s three points.
Arteta told Sky Sports, “The fact we won against Chelsea was a big boost and to come here three days later and get another win for us is massively important. I’m proud of the boys and happy with the result.”