Pepe Sees Red As 10-Man Arsenal Hold Off Leeds
Ten-man Arsenal hung on for a 0-0 draw at Leeds United in the Premier League after their winger Nicolas Pepe was sent off in the 51st minute on Sunday.
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.
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 struck the woodwork twice in the latter stages with Bamford heading against the post and Raphinha also striking the upright deep in stoppage time.
The Gunners have scored one Premier League goal, an Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty against Manchester United, in five games since 4 October. They have not scored in open play in over seven hours of play.
Arsenal remain in the bottom half of the table, moving up to 11th, two points above Leeds in 14th.