Aubameyang's hat-trick helps Arsenal outclass Leeds 4-2: Records broken
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his first Premier League hat-trick, powering his side to a 4-2 win against Leeds United at the Emirates on Sunday. Hector Bellerin also scored his first goal since January 2020 to bring the total to four, however, Leeds claimed back two second-half goals through Pascal Struijk and Helder Costa. Here are the records broken.
How did the match pan out?
Captain Aubameyang scored the opener for Arsenal in the 13th minute. In the 41st minute, he made the most of his penalty-strike and fired his 200th European league goal. Bellerin slammed a third for Arsenal at the stroke of half-time. Meanwhile, Aubameyang completed his hat-trick, adding another, two minutes into the second half. For Leeds, Struijk (58') and Costa (69') made a brisk recovery.
Aubameyang scripts these feats
As per Opta, Aubameyang is one of only three players to score a hat-trick in three of the top five European leagues, along with Alexis Sanchez and Salomon Kalou, since the start of the 2009/10 season. He has now scored 200 goals in Europe's top five leagues. Since the 2009/10 season, he is the ninth player to reach 200 goals across the five leagues.
Leeds have scored and conceded 40+ goals this season
Leeds have both scored and conceded 40+ goals (40 and 42) in just 23 Premier League games this season. Only Tottenham Hotspur (in 2007/08) struck 40 goals for and against after fewer matches in the competition's history (22 games).
More feats attained by Aubameyang
Aubameyang has been directly involved in 18 goals from his 17 Premier League appearances against newly-promoted clubs (14 goals, 4 assists). He has scored in each of his last five such games at the Emirates. He has now scored in consecutive starts in the Premier League within a single season for the first time since February 2020 (vs Newcastle and Everton).
A look at the other records
The header by Struijk was Leeds United's first goal against Arsenal under Marcelo Bielsa. This was their 50th effort at goal in the third match against the Gunners under Bielsa. Leeds have won only one of their last 24 away league games in London (Drawn: 6, Lost: 17), losing all four such matches this season by an aggregate score of 14-4.