Struggling Arsenal held by Leeds

English Premier League

Ten-man Arsenal resumed Premier League action with a goalless draw at Leeds United on Sunday evening.

Nicolas Pepe was given a rare start on the side of the Gunners alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while Joe Willock made his first league appearance this season.

Arsenal put the home side under intense pressure nine minutes from kickoff with a long range drive from the near side of the area by Dani Ceballos coming off the outside post.

Then a free-flowing move seconds later brought Leeds to their first opening from the left side in the area, but Patrick Bamford failed to help Ezgjan Alioski’s cutback past Bernd Leno.

Pepe soon brought the Gunners alive again before the half-hour mark after sending a cross-cum shot from the left onto the woodwork following a twist and turn on the byline.

The Gunners made a change before the start of the second half, with Willian recalled in favour of teen protégé Reiss Nelson as Leeds stay unchanged.

Arsenal were reduced to ten players on 51 minutes when Pepe received a straight red card through intervention from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for head-butting Alioski.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side looked to make the most of the situation presented as a long-range drive from outside the area from Stuart Dallas forced Leno to parry for a corner.

It was proving a ding-dong affair towards the final stages, with Rodrigo cracking the frame of the crossbar following a curling strike from out wide.

Arsenal had a golden chance to net the winner ten minutes from time when Bukayo Saka ran onto a through ball to go clear, but found Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier up to the task.

Worrying signs came the way of the Gunners minutes later as Bamford headed against the post from a cross on the right with Raphinha also denied by the post in additional time, thus it ended goalless.

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