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Four things Arteta got right as Arsenal beat Leeds to close in on top four

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Arsenal took a giant leap towards securing Champions League football with a comfortable win over Leeds United on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners made a lightning-fast start to the game, with Eddie Nketiah putting Mikel Arteta's side 2-0 up within ten minutes. Arsenal were then afforded the ability to sit back and let Leeds self-destruct, as was proved by Luke Ayling's red card and yellow cards to Raphinha and Mateusz Klich.

Leeds appeared to give themselves a lifeline in the second half as Diego Llorente scored with 20 minutes to play, but the fact the goal was Leeds' first attempt on goal was a damning indication of how the game went. Arsenal are now four points clear of Tottenham ahead of a crucial north London derby, and Champions League qualification seems a near-certainty. Daily Star Sport has taken a look at four things Arteta got right in the win.

What Arteta got right…

Fast start

Arsenal came out of the blocks with intent and looked to attack from the opening minute of the game. Leeds went into the game knowing only a win would suffice, and Arsenal seemed desperate to kill that hope early.

Nketiah's opener could have given them breathing space and acted as the cue to sit back and look to dominate possession. Instead, however, Arsenal kept looking to move the ball forward and were rewarded with a deserved second just minutes later.

Eddie Nketiah

Nketiah has been on fire recently, and his latest showing will have acted as a message to Arteta that he deserves to stay around at the club. While questions will be asked of whether he can fire Arsenal towards challenging Liverpool and Manchester City, he certainly doesn't deserve to be let go for nothing.

The striker was in fine form on Sunday on and off the ball, while his goals will attract all the plaudits, but he made some lovely darting runs behind the Leeds back line and wasn't afraid to drop short either. Based on Sunday's showing, he won't be short of options this summer.

Pressing from the front

Despite their league position, Leeds were never going to roll over against Arsenal and are still a tough team to face due to their intense press. But instead of allowing his defenders to be put under pressure at the back, Arteta instructed his players to turn the tables and press Leeds wherever possible.

The move led to Nketiah's first goal as he pressured Ilan Meslier into a mistake at the back. It also prohibited Leeds from attacking as freely or often as they would have liked, giving the Gunners control of the game.

Odegaard free roam

Martin Odegaard is enjoying his football at the moment and there are few more pleasing players to watch in the Premier League. The Norwegian has provided the solution to Arsenal's captaincy problem, too, and gives them an extra option going forward.

Playing Odegaard in a free roam role against Leeds worked perfectly, as he used his ability to carve open the Whites' shattered defence almost at will.

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