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Leeds miss many, let Gunners off the hook

Arsenal nearly grabbed a winner, against the run of play, when Hector Bellerin put Bukayo Saka through on goal but he was unable to round Leeds keeper Illan Meslier
Marcelo Bielsa

Agencies   |   Leeds   |   Published 23.11.20, 02:18 AM

Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe was sent off for a headbutt as Leeds’ wasteful finishing cost them a Premier League victory at home.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds squandered a host 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 poor — yet again — and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 60th-minute effort was their first of two shots on target.

Arsenal nearly grabbed a winner, against the run of play, when Hector Bellerin put Bukayo Saka through on goal but he was unable to round Leeds keeper Illan Meslier. Leeds had been the better side even before the sending off with striker Bamford twice forcing Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno into action.

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

Bielsa will 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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Back in form

Everton’s in-form striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted a brace and midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure scored his first goal for the club as they beat Fulham 3-2 to return to winning ways.

Everton’s rise to the top of the table last month delighted supporters but the early optimism had faded somewhat after three straight defeats before the encounter at Craven Cottage.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side did not wait long to reignite their season. Brazilian Richarlison, returning from a three-match ban, picked up a loose ball and ran wide to cross for Calvert-Lewin who tapped in his ninth league goal of the campaign 42 seconds into the contest.

Full points

A twice-taken penalty from Bruno Fernandes gave an unimpressive Manchester United a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, their first home victory of the Premier League season.

Fernandes’s first effort was saved by West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone but referee David Coote ordered the kick be re-taken after ruling the keeper had come off his line. The Portuguese midfielder made no mistake with the second attempt.



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