Ten-man Arsenal hung on for a 0-0 draw at Leeds after club-record signing Nicolas Pepe was sent off in the 51st minute.
VAR officials spotted that Pepe had headbutted Ezgjan Alioski and referee Anthony Taylor took a quick look at the monitor before brandishing the red card.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds had been the better side even before the sending off with striker Patrick Bamford twice forcing Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno into action.
Leno did well again to keep out a fierce drive from Stuart Dallas and then substitute Rodrigo crashed a shot against the bar from the edge of the area.
Leeds struck the woodwork twice in the latter stages with Bamford heading against the post and Raphinha also striking the upright deep in stoppage time.
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‘He let the team down’
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta did not hide his disappointment after seeing club-record signing Nicolas Pepe sent off for a headbutt against Leeds.
Asked by Sky Sports about Pepe’s red card, Arteta bluntly replied: “It is unacceptable. Unacceptable. At this leve you cannot do it.
“Considering how early we got Pepe sent off we have to take it. I never like a draw but in the circumstances it’s a point. It is unacceptable.”
He added: “With 10 men it is a big disadvantage. I really liked the personality of the team when Pepe let the team down, how we stuck to do what we had to do and had a moment or two to win the game, but obviously it makes it really difficult.”
‘We created enough chances’
Leeds winger Stuart Dallas felt his side were unlucky not to take all three points.
“I think we created enough chances and did enough to win it. The sending-off changed the game and they were camped in,” Dallas told Sky Sports.
“But if you aren’t going to win the game you have to make sure you don’t lose it. We’ll take a point and move on.
“We were unfortunate one of those chances that hit the woodwork didn’t go in. There were plenty of positives and we’ll look forward to next week.”
A bit of afters between Kieran Tierney and Alioski at full-time. The Scot doesn’t seem thrilled about the role the Leeds man played in Nicolas Pepe’s red card.
FULL-TIME | Leeds 0-0 Arsenal
Arsenal hold on for a point, Leeds will rue an opportunity missed.
90+5 mins: Off the post again! Rafinha, who has been lively all game, is off-balance but manages to engineer an effort goalwards, but not accurately enough.
90+2 mins: Arsenal are going to have to send on Ainsley Maitland-Niles for the last few minutes here because Bukayo Saka is in a bit of trouble after being caught by Alioski.
90 mins: There’ll be five added minutes…
Now it’s Leeds turn to go close to a winner and they’re denied by the woodwork for a second time as Bamford heads onto the post!
84 mins: What a chance!
Hector Bellerin makes a great burst from right-back and then threads an even better ball through to Saka who looks to be in on goal but Meslier does superbly to force him wide and then claw away his effort.
79 mins: Off the bar! Rodrigo went close with an effort a few moments ago but this is even better, and wonderful left-footed effort and it cannons off the woodwork and over.