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Leeds Player Ratings: Leeds 0 - 0 Arsenal. Leeds miss a huge opportunity to win a game they dominated.

A missed opportunity in a game Leeds dominated.

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Leeds United will be the more frustrated of the two sides following a 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal. A game where Leeds were by far the better side and hit the woodwork three times.

Leeds dominated the first half without anything to show for it. Bernd Leno made a couple of saves from Patrick Bamford, while Stuart Dallas and Mateusz Klich both missed decent chances. The closest Arsenal came was a mis-hit cross from Nicolas Pepe which hit the bar.

Arsenal were reduced to 10 men early in the second half after Pepe headbutted Ezgjan Alioski off the ball, no-one saw it in real time but the decision was clear once it went to VAR.

Again, it was all Leeds. However, Dallas was the only player to force Leno into a good save. Rodrigo hit the bar, Bamford and Raphinha both hit the post. It wasn’t Leeds’ day.

Time now to look at each player and how they performed. As always you can tell me how wrong I am @mightywhitespod or @ThruItAllLUFC on twitter.


Illan Meslier - Came off his line well to clear with Willian running clear. Nothing to do until he made a great save one-on-one against Bukayo Saka in the 84th minute. Distribution was good too. 7.5/10

Luke Ayling - Gave the ball away a lot in the first half but was defensively solid and overlapped well down the right. Not at his best and had a great chance to score with his final touch but made a mess of his first touch. 6.5/10

Robin Koch - Untroubled defensively overall. Brought the ball out confidently against 10 men and created a couple of chances with his passing. 7/10

Liam Cooper - Untroubled overall barring a couple of needless fouls. 7/10

Ezgjan Alioski - Linked up well with Jack Harrison early on to create Leeds’ first chance. Defended well when he needed to. 7/10

Kalvin Phillips - Leeds looked much more comfortable today and much more well balanced and a lot of that can be put down to Phillips’ presence. 7.5/10

Raphinha - Had a couple of efforts from range in the first half, one of which went close. Always willing to drive forward with the ball. Did well in the second half too, hit the post in stoppage time, you feel there is far more to come. 7/10

Mateusz Klich - Skied his one chance in the first half but was central to everything Leeds did well in that half. Not as involved with his linking up against 10 men in the second half but still played well. Had a chance late on but skied it again. 8/10

Stuart Dallas - Making his 200th Leeds United appearance. Playing in the middle of midfield and picked up an early yellow card for a foul on Ceballos. Dragged a good chance wide just after the half hour mark. Forced Leno into a good save around the hour mark. 7.5/10

Jack Harrison - A couple of good crosses and good link-up play in the first half. A lot of Leeds good play went down the left and Harrison was therefore heavily involved. Less impactful in the second half. 7/10

Patrick Bamford - Forced Leno into a couple of good saves in the first half. Put a header wide from a good Raphinha cross. Hit the post with another header. Did everything he does well, just didn’t get the goal. 7/10


Rodrigo (for Ayling, 70mins) - Couple of good touches early on, went close with a strike from distance. Hit the bar with a tremendous curling effort. Now he is fit I would expect him to be back in the starting line up next time out. 7.5/10

Ian Poveda (for Harrison, 80mins) - Looked lively and put in a great cross for Bamford who hit the post. Another cross found Raphinha who... hit the post. Good cameo. 7.5/10