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Match Recap: Leeds United 0-0 Arsenal

An eventful night which had everything but goals, Leeds pick up another point and crucial clean-sheet.

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Tierney clashes with Alioski following full-time, as the North Macedonian was involved in a Pepe red card.
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Leeds United had to settle for a point at Elland Road against Arsenal as The Gunners went down to ten men early in the second half. The Whites hit the woodwork several times and caused problems, while Arsenal had a couple chances themselves, but the game goes down as a dominant display not capitalised upon.

The game started fairly openly, with Bamford on the end of the first decent chance on 13 minutes. Harrison found the overlapping Alioski well whose cut-back found Bamford, with his poked finish easily saved by the keeper.

Arsenal looked dangerous as they looked to press Leeds high and prey on mistakes. Aubameyang had a chance off the back of a loose pass intercepted by Bellerin, spinning on the ball and blazing his shot high and wide.

Raphinha came close from range following an excellent counter, combining with Klich and Alioski before his curled strike from outside the box bending wide. Bamford came close again on 32 minutes as an Ayling cross was deflected off Gabriel into the path of Bamford. He had the ball behind him a little, swinging a volley down the centre which was well parried by Leno.

Arsenal went down to ten men on 51 minutes as Pepe and Alioski were tussling and shoving off the ball and it all came to ahead as Pepe threw a subtle headbutt which Alioski made the most of, with VAR sending him off with 40-odd minutes left.

The Gunners sat deep but were still dangerous, with Aubameyang scuffing his shot following some good play from Arsenal on the left as they looked to warn the Leeds defence of their danger.

But Leeds had the goal in their sights, with Dallas arriving on the end of a nice ball across the box from Raphinha. His high strike was brilliantly saved at the near post by the keeper and Leeds looked to build upon their advantage.

Rodrigo then hit the crossbar following having latched onto a Robin Koch pass. He cut inside from the right and whipped a strike brilliantly across goal, bouncing off the top of the bar.

Arsenal were not to be underestimated though, coming ever so close to scoring on 84 minutes. They countered really well with Bellerin sending an excellent ball through between the defenders into the path of Saka. Meslier met him midway through the box and ushered him toward the byline before saving the shot to keep his clean sheet intact.

Bamford came even closer minutes later as Ian Poveda whipped the ball in from the right, finding Bamford rising highest above Holding. His header downward came off the inside of the post and away from goal as Leeds came close once again.

Leeds hit the post again late into added time, with Raphinha hitting the outside of the post from close range as several bodies were flying in the block from the right as it summed up another tough night where it just wasn’t happening in front of goal.

In the end, Leeds deserved to win the game, as hard lines of the woodwork stopped the deadlock from breaking. Both teams were dangerous throughout, and at the end of the day it’s another valuable point and clean sheet for the season. Leeds not look ahead to a trip to Goodison Park as The Whites take-on Everton.