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Ten-man Arsenal recorded just their second draw in 22 games as Mikel Arteta’s side played a goalless draw with Leeds United in the Premier League at Elland Road on Sunday

The Gunners found themselves on the back foot for some big spells, and things got even more difficult when Nicolas Pepe was given a red card for naively slapping Ezgjan Alioski’s head that boosted the hosts and Rodrigo rocked the bar before Patrick Bamford and Raphinha each touched the post Arsenal’s best chance saw Bukayo Saka refused by an Illan Meslier lying on the other end, as he rounded the keeper after a blocking movement effective attack, but a fascinating fight ended 0-0

They were far from their best, but to their credit, Arsenal produced a mostly astute defensive performance by extending an unbeaten run at Elland Road that now spans over 20 years.

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Arteta certainly turned Arsenal into a more organized team during his short tenure as boss, but the Gunners created little in a frustrating afternoon’s work that was embodied by the stupid expulsion – and preventable – by Pepe

6 – Arteta must have done without David Luiz, but his side did well against another energetic performance from Leeds That said, creativity was lacking until Saka’s introduction

GK Bernd Leno, 7 – The Germany international came out well at the start and showed superb reactions to first prevent the close-range volley from Bamford and later a scathing practice from Stuart Dallas, although the woodwork saved him three times

DF Hector Bellerin, 6 – Returning to familiar territory to the right of a fullback, the 25-year-old produced a vital defensive header to ward off a deep cross as Leeds really started to threaten, but he did fought against the indefatigable Jack Harrison

DF Rob Holding, 6 – Probably a busier outing than he would have liked, but he was in the right place at the right time to drive the ball to safety with Bamford causing trouble again

DF Gabriel, 6 – The defender was fortunate enough to see a few half-clears end as Bamford and Dallas failed to capitalize, although he did just enough to distract the former with l ‘Leeds striker hidden in the back Post

DF Kieran Tierney, 6 – A memorable week for the Scotland international, as his country qualified for the European Championship, but he found limited attack freedom against a Leeds side who moved the ball quickly and neatly, but it stayed true to its defensive duties well in a decent display

MF Dani Ceballos, 6 – He sprayed a cross-field ball early in the game for a Leeds throw, but his next involvement has shown much more promise as the Real Madrid lender sparked an effort resounding that rocked the side net Beyond that he worked hard and was one of the best performers on his team

MF Granit Xhaka, 6 – A tireless display from the Switzerland international, who stifled a number of dangerous rollbacks to the edge of the penalty area, but came close to being punished for showing Rodrigo inside as the striker pounded the bar

MF Nicolas Pepe, 3 – You just get the feeling we haven’t really seen the best of him yet, but he almost made something out of nothing when his unfortunate cross from the left cut the bar transverse He was unforgivably fired for losing his temper during a heated exchange with Alioski

MF Joel Willock, 4 – A big opportunity for the midfielder, but he didn’t quite grab both hands, and the 21-year-old was replaced by Saka as the game approached the hour mark

MF Willian, 5 – Lots of effort from the Brazil international, but struggled to influence a fight in which Arsenal failed to hold the ball for great spells against a relentless attack from Leeds and he was withdrawn in the meantime

FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 6 – The Gabonese star seems desperate to rediscover his ruthless former, but chances were hard to come by in a cautious deal and he beat his best opportunity high and wide

MF Reiss Nelson, 6 – Hired for Willian at halftime, Nelson couldn’t help his team shift into high gear, a task that was always going to be a challenge after Pepe’s dismissal

MF Bukayo Saka, 7 – His introduction certainly gave Leeds food for thought He wasted no time picking Aubameyang for the Gunners’ first shot on target before a magnificent run and turn that saw him escape from his marker, although maybe he should have done better looking around Meslier

DF Ainsley Maitland-Niles, N / R – Substituted for another Arsenal replacement when Saka limped into the stoppage time, but didn’t have much time to get involved

Leeds – Arsenal

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