LEEDS goalkeeper Illan Meslier was left red-faced after his howler allowed Eddie Nketiah to open the scoring for Arsenal.
Meslier had a moment of horror as he dawdled on the ball, allowing an onrushing Nketiah to slide in and put the ball into the back of the net.
Illan Meslier looked devastated after his mistakeCredit: Rex
Eddie Nketiah scored twice in the opening ten minutesCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
The keeper was under no immediate pressure as he received the ball but a terrible touch allowed the Arsenal striker to pounce.
It was a carbon-copy of Zach Steffen’s mistake for Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool – with Sadio Mane taking advantage on that occasion.
Minutes later Nketiah added his second from a low Gabriel Martinelli cross, tucking the ball beyond Meslier’s reach.
Matters got even worse for Leeds shortly afterward when Luke Ayling was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Martinelli.
Leeds are now in danger of being relegated and will miss Ayling for their mid-week clash against Chelsea.
Stuart Dallas will also be absent after breaking his leg against City – his team-mates and Leeds fans paid tribute to the midfielder ahead of kick-off at The Emirates.
As for Arsenal, a win puts them in a commanding position in the top four race.
Mikel Arteta’s side are four points ahead of Tottenham and have hit form in recent weeks since Eddie Nketiah was recalled to the team.
The forward has now scored four goals in two games but still looks set to leave the club in the summer.
Crystal Palace are eyeing a free transfer after registering an interest in the youngster in January.