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Match Recap: Leeds United 0-1 Arsenal - A Game to Forget

One of those matches that makes you hate football...

Leeds United v Arsenal FC - Premier League
Jesse Marsch flips out as another pivotal refereeing decision goes against him.
Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Leeds United were beaten again in one of the most incredible matches to be played this year, as Arsenal ran out 1-0 victors.

Only a minute-and-a-half was played before a power cut stopped the game for 35 minutes. After both sides went back and forth, Bukayo Saka broke the deadlock after latching onto a baffling crossfield pass by Rodrigo. His one-two opened up the tightest angle for him to squeeze the ball past Meslier and into the roof of the net.

Patrick Bamford was introduced at half-time and immediately put the ball in the back of the net, but it was disallowed for a soft foul on Gabriel just before the ball dropped to him.

He was handed another great chance just minutes later after Saliba’s touch out his feet was too heavy, allowing Bamford in. The substitute’s initial strike at goal was hit straight at the on-rushing Ramsdale before plucking the ball out of Bamford’s feet on the rebound.

A third chance arrived in the form of a penalty kick when Saliba controlled a cross with an outstretched arm. He stepped up in search of his 100th league goal but missed the target completely with a low-driven strike to Ramsdale’s left.

Sinisterra should’ve equalised on 66 minutes when Aaronson picked him out in the penalty area, though his attempt at goal was also well blocked.

A final bit of hope was offered up in the final minutes when Bamford and Gabriel collided in the penalty area as Ramsdale collected a loose ball. Gabriel went to ground but kicked out at Bamford on his way to the deck. The referee discussed this with his assistant before showing a red card to Gabriel and pointing back to the penalty spot. However, VAR called on the referee to review the incident again, and Bamford’s hope of redemption was snatched from him as the entire decision was reversed.

A positive result from this game might have made a huge difference for the team, and for Patrick Bamford. Instead, there was only more pain to be suffered by the side who have been struggling for points in recent weeks.