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 purple 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 bunch 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 heading in the right direction.

Each side got here into the sport out of shape – with three defeats of their earlier 4 league video games.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa will likely be pleased together with his facet’s efficiency, bar the ending, with reverse quantity Mikel Arteta relieved to select 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 Highway, with solely 4 of their 25 pictures heading in the right direction.

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 publish, Bamford headed off the publish and Raphinha crashed a shot off the identical publish late on.

Bamford had scored seven targets this season however didn’t look on tune 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 a great save from Leno.

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

Regarding instances for Arsenal

The great vibes round Arsenal once they gained 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.

Aubameyang received a uncommon likelihood to play as their foremost 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 together 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 purple card.

The Ivorian, who has not often justified his £75m price, had a working battle with Alioski and ultimately misplaced his persistence with a ‘soccer headbutt’.

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

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Leeds United

  1. Squad quantity1Participant titleMeslier

  2. Squad quantity2Participant titleAyling

  3. Squad quantity5Participant titleKoch

  4. Squad quantity6Participant titleCooper

  5. Squad quantity10Participant titleAlioski

  6. Squad quantity23Participant titlePhillips

  7. Squad quantity18Participant titleRaphinha

  8. Squad quantity43Participant titleKlich

  9. Squad quantity15Participant titleDallas

  10. Squad quantity22Participant titleHarrison

  11. Squad quantity9Participant titleBamford

  1. Squad quantity7Participant titlePoveda-Ocampo

  2. Squad quantity20Participant titleRodrigo


  1. Squad quantity7Participant titleSaka
  2. Squad quantity15Participant titleMaitland-Niles
  3. Squad quantity24Participant titleNelson



  • 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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