Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta explains the club’s approach to Willian, who is taking a trip to Dubai during the lockdown (0:34)

The ten-man Arsenal recorded only their second draw in 22 games when Mikel Arteta’s side drew a goalless draw with Leeds United in the Premier League at Elland Road on Sunday

The Gunners were on their backfoot for big spells, and things got tougher when Nicolas Pepe was shown a red card for the naive headbutt against Ezgjan Alioski that spurred the hosts on and Rodrigo rattled the bar before Patrick Bamford and Raphinha both hit the post At Arsenal’s best chance, Bukayo Saka was knocked down on the other end by an outstretched Illan Meslier as he circled the goalkeeper after an efficient counter-attack A fascinating competition, however, ended 0-0

They were far from their best, but to their credit, Arsenal put in a largely defensively smart performance as they extended an undefeated run on Elland Road that has now spanned more than 20 years

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Arteta certainly turned Arsenal into a more organized outfit during his brief tenure as boss, but the Gunners did little work on a frustrating afternoon, which was epitomized by Pepe’s silly – and avoidable – goodbye

6 – Arteta had to do without David Luiz, but his team got along well given another energetic performance at Leeds. Even so, there was a lack of creativity until Saka’s introduction

GK Bernd Leno, 7 – The German international asserted itself well in the early stages and showed excellent reactions, first keeping Bamford’s volley shot at close range and later a stabbing drive away from Stuart Dallas, although the woodwork saved him three times

DF Hector Bellerin, 6 – Back in familiar territory to the right of a four-goal, the 25-year-old produced an important defensive header to save a deep cross when Leeds really began to threaten but he fought it tirelessly Jack Harrison

DF Rob Holding, 6 – Probably a busier outing he would have liked to have had, but was in the right place at the right time to get the ball to safety and Bamford was causing problems again

DF Gabriel, 6 – The defender was lucky enough to get a couple of half-clears when Bamford and Dallas failed to capitalize, despite doing just enough to distract the former while the Leeds forward lurked in the back Post

DF Kieran Tierney, 6 – A week to remember for the Scottish international as his country qualified for the European Championship He did, however, find freedom of attack restricted against a Leeds team that was moving the ball quickly and properly, but he stuck to his steadfastly defensive duties well in a decent display

MF Dani Ceballos, 6 – Sprayed an early cross-field ball straight out of play for a Leeds throw, but his next engagement was more promising when the Real Madrid loanee struck a blow that rattled the side-net in addition he worked hard and was one of the better performers on his team

MF Granit Xhaka, 6 – A tireless appearance from the Swiss international who erased a string of dangerous setbacks from the edge of the box but was nearly punished for showing Rodrigo inside as the striker pounded the bar

MF Nicolas Pepe, 3 – It just feels like we haven’t really seen the best of him yet, but he almost created something out of nowhere when his fake cross hit the crossbar from the left.He was unforgivably fired because he had lost his cool in a heated exchange with Alioski

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

MF Willian, 5 – Lots of efforts by the Brazil international but struggled to sway a competition where Arsenal couldn’t hold the ball long against a relentless attack at Leeds and he was withdrawn at break

FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 6 – The Gabonese star seems desperate to rediscover his former ruthlessness, but chances were tough to come by in a cage affair and he took his best opportunity high and far

MF Reiss Nelson, 6 – Substituted at halftime for Willian, Nelson couldn’t help his team shift up a gear, a task that would always be a challenge after Pepe’s release

MF Bukayo Saka, 7 – His introduction certainly gave Leeds something to ponder, wasting no time picking Aubameyang for the Gunners’ first shot at target before a wonderful barrel and tack blew him off his marker, though Perhaps he should have done better when he circled Meslier

DF Ainsley Maitland-Niles, N / R – Substituted for another Arsenal substitute when Saka hobbled in stoppage time, but didn’t have much time to get involved

Leeds – Arsenal

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Source: https://www.espn.com/soccer/arsenal/story/4239998/nicolas-pepe-epitomises-arsenals-frustrations-at-leeds-with-naive-sending-off-in-3-10-performance