Leeds United vs Arsenal Match Report

A second-half red card for Nicolas Pepe saw a dullened Arsenal reach an 8th hour without a goal from open play – as Leeds dominated but couldn’t find a match winning goal.

A goalless first half was not without its chances – Leeds’ 13 being the most one team has made in the first half of a Premier League game this season, but theirs were the only 2 on target.

Pepe’s second-half red card for an inexcusable headbutt saw the visitors retreat into their shells and invite pressure from the hosts – Rodrigo hitting the crossbar with the best chance of the second half.

Bukayo Saka could have won the game for Arsenal late on but looked panicked as he saw his effort saved, whilst Patrick Bamford saw a header crash against the post – but neither team could find a breakthrough.

After seeing many of the teams above them emerge victorious this weekend, the visitors knew that a good performance wasn’t enough.

But for most of the first 20 minutes, neither side could create an opportunity of any great quality on a sodden Elland Road pitch.

Bamford forced a save from the best chances of the half – Bernd Leno got down both times to save from Leeds’ in form man.

However five minutes into the second half, Pepe was shown a red card after the VAR spotted a headbutt on Ezgjan Alioski – but even with Dua Lipa advertising around the stadium, no New Rules could prevent the Ivorian from seeing red.

Leno was called into action again as the game ticked over the hour mark to make an excellent diving save from Stuart Dallas’ effort, whilst Rodrigo blazed an effort just past the post and crossbar with 15 minutes to go.

Rodrigo rattled the crossbar with ten minutes to go before Arsenal were denied what looked like a handball penalty on VAR as the ball struck an outstretched arm – which on replay seems inexplicably waved away.

Bukayo Saka was denied when Arsenal started to threaten in the final 10 minutes, after an excellent run and pass from Hector Bellerin before Bamford headed against the post, and then Raphinha’s late effort also bounced off the outside of the post.

The point for both sides moves them up one place in the table – Arsenal moving up to 11th and Leeds to 14th.

Leeds: Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Alioski, Raphina, Harrison, Bamford

Subs: Rodrigo (Ayling 71′), Poveda (Harrison 80′)

Subs not used: Casilla, Struijk, Davis, Costa, Roberts

Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Xhaka, Ceballos, Willock, Pepe (red 51′), Willian, Aubameyang

Subs: Nelson (Willian HT), Saka (Willock 57′), Maitland-Niles (Saka 90+3′)

Subs not used: Runarsson, Mustafi, Nketiah, Lacazette

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