10-man Arsenal hold on for goalless draw at Leeds

Paola Ditto
Novembre 23, 2020

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa spoke to the media following Sunday's draw with Arsenal.

VAR officials spotted that Pepe had headbutted Ezgjan Alioski and referee Anthony Taylor took a quick look at the monitor before brandishing the red card.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reluctantly agreed the draw was an acceptable result for his team, given they played nearly half the game a man down.

Mateusz Klich and Dallas also fired off target when well-placed a the edge of the area, while the closest Arsenal came before half-time was a mishit Pepe cross that came back off the top of the crossbar.

Arsenal, who are without a goal from open play in almost eight hours of football, nearly grabbed a victor, against the run of play, when Hector Bellerin put Bukayo Saka through on goal but he was unable to round Leeds keeper Illan Meslier.

Substitute Bukayo Saka then wasted the visitors' best chance of the game when he tried to round Illan Meslier, but the young French goalkeeper did well to stand his ground and block.

"It is unacceptable", said Arteta when asked what he had told the winger at full-time.

"And that's why I love him even more now because he is that team player".

"I really liked the personality of the team when Pepe let the team down, how we stuck to do what we had to do and had a moment or two to win the game, but obviously it makes it really hard".

"Considering how we got Pepe sent off, a draw is okay".

"In the first 30 minutes we were more dominant and created a lot of issues".

"We suffered and in the second half we were early with 10 men and it was a matter of defending well and staying patient, and using the pace of our players and the spaces they were leaving".

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