Leeds United v Arsenal: Premier League – live! | Football
88 min Leeds have done everything but score here, but they ought to have created more in the last 20. They’ll be vex if this stays 0-0.
87 min Here come Leeds again, Poveda crossing for the right and Bamford’s up! His header is a goodun too, Holding standing off for reasons known best to himself and ball glanced hard and down, only to batter the post full in the face; the rebound somehow eludes the various attackers in search of it.
87 min Again, absolutely nonsense delivery from Nelson ruins a good situation, and in the end Arsenal are relieved to hold Poveda up when he charges forward on the counter.
86 min Ceballos could let the ball go out for a throw but instead he skips past Cooper who yanks him down. That’s a booking, a free-kick between touchline and penalty box….
84 min Now here come Arsenal! Bellerin does brilliantly to advance, sliding a fantastic pass into the path of Saka, who did brilliantly to hold his run. Meslier is out quickly, so he should shoot first-time, but he backs himself to fashion a better angle, looking to scoot around the keeper, who does really well to stand up then smother.
83 min Rodrigo clatters Gabriel and finds Klich who finds Poveda; he shifts it a yard around Tierney, but his shot is straight at Leno.
82 min Why isn’t Saka an automatic choice for Arsenal? He’s their best left-winger and their best attacking midfielder.
81 min Poveda burrows into the box and tries to find a way through but can’t, then Arsenal break, Saka finding Aubameyang, but he’s a little slow to do something so that when he finally cuts inside to shoot because he’s out of other options, Cooper is able to slide in and block. The ball hits his hand, but it’s not handball.
80 min Rodrigo hits the bar! He’s further infield this time, even less reason to allow him onto his preferred foot, but Xhaka lets him cut inside and he unfurls a curler that rasps against the woodwork!
79 min “Haven’t got a dog in this fight,” says Matt Cast, “and don’t dispute the red card, but surely Alioski should be punished as well for that ridiculous reaction aimed solely at getting Pepe sent off.”
Yes, I’d be happy with that.
78 min Aaaaaand another. Arsenal win a corner down the left, and Nelson whacks at straight at the nearest defender’s shins.
76 min Rodrigo, who looks a little like Spadino from Suburra – if you’re not onto that, check it out on Netflix –cuts in off the right and absolutely clatters a wobbler that flies just over the far angle.
75 min Silly behaviour from Cooper, who fouls Aubameyang 25 yards from goal, just right of centre. Xhaka will fancy this….
73 min Leeds have settled again and Raphinha turns up on the right of the box, standing up a cross that Bamford attacks, but there are just too many men in between him and the ball for him impart a clean header.
73 min “If Leeds players spent as much time practising crossing and dead-ball deliveries as they must do on their man-buns,” says Justin Kavanagh, “this game would be over and the three points in the bag. And yes, I am 107 and grew up admiring John Giles incredibly accurate passing.”
70 min HERE’S THE CHANCE! Klich lifts a cross-kick over the top and Raphinha finds a clever cut-back to Ayling, who isn’t sure which foot to use, and a poor first touch allows Bellerin to smother him.
69 min And here come Arsenal on the break, Saka bouncing forward and crossing for Aubameyang, forcing Koch to dive in the way to head clear. Nicely done all round.
68 min Klich slides a ball down the side of Gabriel for Bamford, who turns on it well, but can’t direct his shot on target. As Gary Neville notes, those passes look more dangerous than a diet of hopeful crosses.
67 min I wonder whether Leeds might move to two strikers. They’re crossing the ball a lot, and need a greater presence in the box than just Bamford.
65 min “If beating the first man from a corner is so successful and so marginal, you would think that they might practise the odd one in the warm-up. Rugby kickers do and they’re hitting a very large target.”
I guess it’s a more central part of the game and the target they’re hitting doesn’t move, but yes, that seems reasonable.
64 min Leeds have wasted these first few minutes against 10 men, but this is better: Raphina eases in off the right and feeds Dallas, who takes a touch and then another before launching himself into a drive that’s flying towards the near top corner, but Leno flies across his goal to palm away. Good save.
63 min Koch finds himself out on the right and clobbers a cross miles away from everywhere.
62 min I’ve been waiting for Ben Chapman to apologise to us all for his incorrect prediction, and here he is: “At least I don’t have to watch Pepe do that stupid shimmy and lose the ball again,” he concedes.
61 min “What does ‘five to washed’ mean?” wonders Tony Atwood. “I have just typed it into Google, and on the whole internet there are only three mentions of it.
One mention is ‘ICM was cut with glass needles into five to washed in three changes of PBS,’ Which doesn’t help. Can you explain”.
I can. Washed is short for washed up, and five to something means it’s nearly the case.
59 min Nice from Arsenal, Tierney slipping a ball in behind Ayling for Saka, who cuts back for Aubemeyang. But though he turns adroitly enough, he can’t get hold of his shot and Meslier fields easily.
58 min I mentioned that Freddie Ljungberg is in the studio, which reminds me of a Sunday in December 2001, when Arsenal had Van Bronckhorst sent off at Anfield but still won thanks to Ljungberg goal and a turn in central-midfield from … Kanu.
57 min After spending a bit of touchline-time flexing his knee, Phillips returns.
57 min Arsenal make a second change, Saka replacing Willock – who’s not been able to get into the game. He goes to the left, with Nelson moving inside.
55 min Eesh. Phillips is down holding his knee, and when the physio comes on to play with it, he seems in some pain. But he also looks like he’ll carry on, though he did it chasing the ball, not in contact, which is usually a bad sign.
53 min Leeds are pretty good at working opponents so should be good at working 1o men. But Arsenal will, you’d assume sit back though, on the other hand, ypu’d need to be an extremely observant individual to tell the difference between an Arsenal team with Pepe and without.
52 min Pepe trudges off, knowing there’s a bollocking in the post – Arteta has a look of composed fury in his eyes.
51 min Yup, Anthony Taylor comes over for a look – one is all it takes – and flourishes a red card, for stupidity as much as anything.
That’s the thing with Pepe, he’s always trying things, always unpredictable. Silly, silly behaviour.
51 min Hmmmm. Alioski gives Pepe a minor shove and Pepe sticks forehead into forehead, so naturally Alioski goes down like a ton of feathers. He’ll be off for that.
49 min Arsenal win a free-kick out on the left, 35 yards out, and you can see they fancy themselves on set pieces, but another terrible cross hits the first man.
48 min Ultimately, Arsenal are too rigid and slow to compete with Leeds in midfield. Xhaka has no legs, AND i get the impression that Arteta expects positional discipline, whereas Bielsa wants his players to turn up in unexpected places – for the opposition at least.