Pepe sees Red

Nicolas Pepe was sent off for a “headbutt” as Leeds’ lack of finishing cost them a Premier League victory.

Marcelo Bielsa’s (The Bucket Man) Leeds missed a bunch of chances, both before and after Pepe was dismissed after video assistant referee consultation for sticking his head into Ezgjan Alioski’s face.

Substitute Rodrigo, Patrick Bamford and Raphinha – deep into injury time on his first Premier League start – struck the woodwork. The Gunners were not up to scratch – yet again – and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 60th-minute effort was their first of two shots on target.

They have scored one Premier League goal, an Aubameyang penalty against Manchester United, in five games since 4 October.

Both sides came into the game out of form – with a sad three defeats in their previous four league games.

Leeds boss, Bielsa, will most probably be happy with his side’s performance, bar the finishing, with opposite number Mikel Arteta relieved to pick up a point.

Arsenal remain in the bottom half of the table, moving up to 11th, two points above Leeds in 14th.

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