Pepe sent off for ‘idiotic’ headbutt as Arsenal hold Leeds United

Leeds 0-0 Arsenal: Nicolas Pepe sent off for ‘idiotic’ headbutt as Arsenal hold a wasteful and dominate Leeds United at Elland Road on Sunday as Gunners continued their creative woes in a goalless draw

Pepe sent off for 'idiotic' headbutt as Arsenal hold Leeds United

Arsenal had Nicolas Pepe sent off as their creative woes continued in a goalless draw with Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday.

The Ivorian was shown a red card after headbutting Ezgjan Alioski off the ball early in the second half, leaving the ten-man Gunners to dig in for a point, as their run without a goal from open play extended to five Premier League games.

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.

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 United struck the woodwork twice in the latter stages with Bamford heading against the post and Raphinha also striking the upright deep in stoppage time.

Arsenal are 11th on 13 points from nine games after their first draw of the season with Leeds 14th on 11.

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