Published:23 February 2021
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang first Premier League hat trick, Arsenal captain rediscovered his scoring prowess in a 4-2 victory over Leeds on Sunday.
In the 13th minute at Emirates Stadium, Aubameyang put the hosts in front, teasing Leeds right-back Luke Ayling with a sequence of step overs before skipping past him. To strike the goalkeeper at the near post, the forward squeezed a shot between Ayling and Liam Cooper.
In the 41st minute, Aubameyang's penalty gave Arsenal a second, and right-back Hector Bellerin scored the team's third goal after a strong build-up play just before halftime. When midfielder Emile Smith Rowe set up a cross for his captain to head home in the 47th, Aubameyang rounded out his hat trick.
For Aubameyang, it has been a challenging period as he has struggled for form and dealt with personal problems, taking time off to care for his sick mother. He had just begun to recover his form when he unexpectedly left for several days to be with his mother.
Marcelo Bielsa made a double substitution to bring Leeds back into the game in the 2nd half. Pascal Struijk scored from a corner to beat goalkeeper Bernd Leno in the 58th with a towering header. As Helder Costa slotted past Leno after being set up by fellow substitute Tyler Roberts, the visitors got a second in the 69th.
With 34 points, Arsenal climbed up a spot to 10th, breaking a two-game losing streak. With 32 points, Leeds, meanwhile, fell down a position to 11th.