Leeds United 0-0 Arsenal: Nicolas Pepe despatched off in goalless draw

Leeds United 0-0 Arsenal: Nicolas Pepe despatched off in goalless draw

Nicolas Pepe
Nicolas Pepe’s crimson card was the primary of his profession

Arsenal ahead Nicolas Pepe was despatched off for a headbutt as Leeds’ wasteful ending value them a Premier League victory.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds squandered a number of possibilities, each earlier than and after Pepe was dismissed after video assistant referee session for sticking his head into Ezgjan Alioski’s face.

Substitute Rodrigo, Patrick Bamford and Raphinha – deep into damage time on his first Premier League begin – struck the woodwork.

The Gunners have been poor – but once more – and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Sixtieth-minute effort was their first of two pictures on the right track.

They’ve scored one Premier League objective, an Aubameyang penalty towards Manchester United, in 5 video games since 4 October.

Either side got here into the sport off form – with three defeats of their earlier 4 league video games.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa can be pleased along with his aspect’s efficiency, bar the ending, with reverse quantity Mikel Arteta relieved to choose up some extent.

Arsenal stay within the backside half of the desk, transferring as much as eleventh, two factors above Leeds in 14th.

Entertainers Leeds neglect their ending boots

Leeds have been the primary promoted Premier League workforce to attain 14 targets of their opening eight matches since Charlton in 2000.

They might have used a few of these targets at Elland Street, with solely 4 of their 25 pictures on the right track.

Their three efforts towards the woodwork all got here from the 79th minute onwards.

Rodrigo’s 18-yard shot hit the angle of bar and submit, Bamford headed off the submit and Raphinha crashed a shot off the identical submit late on.

Bamford had scored seven targets this season however didn’t look on track this time, with two pictures straight at Bernd Leno within the first half.

Winger Raphinha, the primary Brazilian to start out a Premier League recreation for Leeds since Roque Junior in 2003, was full of life and went shut from the sting of the field, with Stuart Dallas forcing save from Leno.

On one other day Leeds might have scored 5, however they solely have some extent to point out for his or her efforts and have solely received as soon as of their previous six Premier League video games.

Regarding instances for Arsenal

The nice vibes round Arsenal after they received the FA Cup and began this season with three wins in all competitions are beginning to really feel like a distant reminiscence.

Arteta has helped to solidify their defence, however they’ve solely scored 9 targets in 9 league video games this season. That’s their lowest tally at this stage since 1986-87.

Aubameyang acquired a uncommon probability to play as their essential striker, with Alexandre Lacazette left on the bench – however Arsenal struggled to create many clear-cut possibilities.

He took an hour to check Illan Meslier, whose solely different save was to disclaim substitute Bukayo Saka late on.

The Gunners did have a penalty enchantment when Liam Cooper blocked an Aubameyang shot along with his elbow however the VAR workforce dominated it was not handball.

Arsenal – who solely had 33.7% of the ball – have been hanging on, particularly after Pepe’s crimson card.

The Ivorian, who has not often justified his £75m charge, had a operating battle with Alioski and finally misplaced his endurance with a ‘soccer headbutt’.

Alioski threw himself to the bottom and Pepe was despatched off for the primary time in his profession.

Arsenal are crimson card kings below Arteta – match stats

  • This was solely Leeds’ third goalless attract 101 league matches below Bielsa.
  • Since Bielsa took cost of Leeds in 2018, they’ve stored 41 clear sheets in 101 league video games (excluding play-offs), greater than every other aspect within the prime 4 tiers of English league soccer on this time.
  • Arsenal have failed to attain in 4 of their final 5 league video games, this after having solely performed so in three of Arteta’s first 24 Premier League matches in cost.
  • Leeds’ 25 pictures is essentially the most by any aspect with out scoring within the Premier League since Manchester Metropolis’s 26 towards Southampton in July. They’re solely the third aspect to have so many pictures within the league this season.
  • Since Arteta joined Arsenal in December 2019, the Gunners have acquired 5 Premier League crimson playing cards, at the least two greater than every other membership on this time.

What’s subsequent?

Leeds go to Everton subsequent Saturday (17:30 GMT). Arsenal go to Molde within the Europa League on Thursday (17:55) and host Wolves on Sunday (19:55 GMT).

Participant of the match

RodrigoRodrigo Moreno

Leeds United

  1. Squad quantity20Participant identifyRodrigo

  2. Squad quantity23Participant identifyPhillips

  3. Squad quantity18Participant identifyRaphinha

  4. Squad quantity1Participant identifyMeslier

  5. Squad quantity15Participant identifyDallas

  6. Squad quantity43Participant identifyKlich

  7. Squad quantity9Participant identifyBamford

  8. Squad quantity10Participant identifyAlioski

  9. Squad quantity7Participant identifyPoveda-Ocampo

  10. Squad quantity22Participant identifyHarrison

  11. Squad quantity2Participant identifyAyling

  12. Squad quantity6Participant identifyCooper

  13. Squad quantity5Participant identifyKoch



  • 1Meslier
  • 2AylingSubstituted forRodrigoat 70′minutes
  • 5Koch
  • 6CooperBooked at 86mins
  • 10Alioski
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 90mins
  • 18Dias Belloli
  • 43Klich
  • 15DallasBooked at 15mins
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forPoveda-Ocampoat 80′minutes
  • 9Bamford


  • 7Poveda-Ocampo
  • 11Roberts
  • 13Casilla
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 20Rodrigo
  • 21Struijk
  • 24Davis


  • 1Leno
  • 2Bellerín
  • 16Holding
  • 6dos Santos Magalhães
  • 3Tierney
  • 8Ceballos
  • 34Xhaka
  • 19PépéBooked at 51mins
  • 28WillockSubstituted forSakaat 57′minutesSubstituted forMaitland-Nilesat 90+3′minutes
  • 12WillianSubstituted forNelsonat 45′minutes
  • 14Aubameyang


  • 7Saka
  • 9Lacazette
  • 13Rúnarsson
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 20Mustafi
  • 24Nelson
  • 30Nketiah

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