Leeds United were held to a frustrating draw against 10-man Arsenal at Elland Road after dominating from the outset, failing to take chances to win the game.

Both sides came into this game knowing they needed to get back to winning ways after damaging defeats a fortnight ago.

However, spoils were shared at a gloomy Elland Road despite the hosts’ best efforts to win the game after hitting the woodwork three times and playing most of the second half against 10 men.

Nicolas Pépé’s daft headbutt saw him swiftly dismissed but Leeds couldn’t take advantage of their dominance.

Here, we deliver our player ratings from Leeds’ draw with Arsenal.

Illan Meslier – 8

The towering Frenchman didn’t have much to do throughout the game so his concentration had to be top notch.

Aside from claiming crosses comfortably, he halted Arsenal’s best chance as Bukayo Saka raced through and tried to round him.

Meslier’s presence was enough to smother the winger and produce a superb save against the odds. Colossal again.

Luke Ayling – 6

Defensively, nothing wrong with the right-back against his old club, but in possession he was wasteful.

Simple passes wayward and nothing went his way on the ball.

Robin Koch – 7

Clean sheet and extremely solid when man-marking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Got a bit trigger-happy with his long balls as Leeds looked to unlock Arsenal but good to see him keep a clean sheet after a torrid three weeks.

Liam Cooper – 8

Similarly rock solid at the back, first to every loose ball while Koch man-marked.

His distribution was very accomplished and allowed Leeds to keep up sustained pressure throughout the game.

Gjanni Alioski – 8

Arguably the man of the match as he tormented Arsenal with his pressing and sheer frustration of Nicolas Pépé.

His relentless energy was a constant threat for Leeds down the left and he’s showing he has a place in the Premier League.

Kalvin Phillips – 8

Finally back in the lineup and it showed with how balanced we looked in and out of possession.

There are always going to be a few moments where you take a deep breath when top teams break but everything was under control in Phillips’ space.

Raphinha – 7

Got his first start and made his mark very well, a regular feature in attack and caused Kieran Tierney all sorts of problems down that flank.

Unlucky not to score when he hit the post late on but the chances for him to get up and running will only keep coming.

Mateusz Klich – 7

He’s proving to be one of the most important players in the side this season and tonight was more proof.

A key part of the high press, Klich gave Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos no space to dictate, meaning we were constantly on the front foot.

Stuart Dallas – 7

Another position, another strong performance from the Cookstown Cafu who could easily be the Cookstown Kaka really in that slot.

In a fluid system that fluctuates between three and four defenders, Dallas has become an incredibly dependable player that needs to start every week, regardless of where he fits in.

Forced one of the best saves of the game from Bernd Leno too when firing from the edge of the box on his left towards the top corner.

Jack Harrison – 6

A few relatively quiet performances on the spin for Harrison now but not something that should concern Bielsa.

His work rate still sets up so much for Leeds in midfield and it was evident once again, he was just rarely involved going forward.

Patrick Bamford – 7

Not many chances to get on the scoresheet today but he still made his presence known, unlucky to hit the inside of the post late on.

Crosses were wayward today and didn’t give him much, where the main accurate one landed on his head and he almost scored from it.


Rodrigo – 7

A brilliant cameo in a game that was calling out for his introduction.

He let off a sighter quickly after being introduced that sent a warning to Bernd Leno, before curling one off the bar not much longer after.

Ian Poveda – 6

Didn’t have much time to make an impact but still promising nonetheless.

He cut inside from the right and hit one straight at Leno as his only meaningful impact.