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Arsenal held Leeds United to a 0-0 draw at Elland Road after winger Nicolas Pepe was sent correctly off for a silly headbutt on Leeds full-back Ezgjan Alioski.

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In a game which Leeds dominated, Arsenal rode their luck with Leeds hitting the woodwork three times in the second-half. It is now under 500 minutes of Premier League football that Mikel Arteta’s side have failed to score from open play.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side squandered a whole host of chances especially in the second-half as Arsenal had Bernd Leno and the woodwork to thank for keeping Leeds at bay, both before and after Nicolas Pepe was dismissed for violent conduct after the Ivorian stuck his head into Alioski’s face.

Substitute Rodrigo, Patrick Bamford and Raphinha – making his first Premier League start – all struck the woodwork as Leeds were left to rue their missed chances

The Gunner failed to trouble their opponents yet again and only had a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang effort in the 60th minute to show for their efforts.

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Both sides came into the game in good form, winning three of their four games.

Marcelo Bielsa will be disappointed with his sides poor finishing, while Mikel Arteta will be relieved his side held out for the point considering the context of the whole game.

Both Arsenal and Leeds remain in the bottom half of the table with Arteta’s side moving up to 11th place, two points above Leeds in 14th.

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May 2024