All things being equal, Arsenal might have finished this absorbing contest feeling concerned that 476 minutes have now passed since their last top-flight goal from open play. Instead they were relieved to depart with a point after Nicolas Pépé was rightly sent off for a head butt, soft but illegal and thoroughly idiotic, on Ezgjan Alioski six minutes after half-time and the reality is that more clinical opponents would have taken advantage.

How this game finished goalless is anybody’s guess and Arsenal, for all they were put on the ropes towards the end of each half, had openings of their own. But Leeds, who hit the woodwork three times in the latter stages, will consider they ought to have won given the number of occasions they sliced through the visitors’ back line.

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