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Nicolas Pepe apologizes for getting sent off against Leeds 0

Posted on November 24, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Nicolas Pepe was sent off in Arsenal’s goalless draw against Leeds United on Sunday, and the Ivorian winger has taken to Instagram to offer his apologies to the fans, his teammates, manager Mikel Arteta, and everyone else at the club for his actions.

The game had just gone past its 50th minute when Pepe, clearly annoyed by Ezgjan Alioski, appeared to have headbutted the┬áLeeds left-back. The contact between their foreheads seemed minimal and there’s no doubt that Alioski made the most of it with a theatrical fall, but the fact that Pepe should have known better than to react that way is beyond doubt as well. In all fairness, referee Anthony Taylor had no choice but to raise the red card against him after seeing the incident via the pitch-side VAR monitor.

Arteta reflects on Arsenal’s draw against Leeds 0

Posted on November 23, 2020 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal fans weren’t exactly treated to the best performance last night as the club played out a somewhat dire 0-0 draw with Leeds United. The Yorkshire-based side were the ones that looked the most likely to score, especially when the Gunners went down to ten men, but the visitors somehow managed to ride out the storm and secure a point.

After the game, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta spoke about a range of subjects from his side’s performance to the bizarre actions of Nicolas Pepe that led to his dismissal early in the second half.

Arteta wants to see Premier League protect players 0

Posted on November 22, 2020 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal are set to square off with Leeds United later today in what looks set to be one of the most exciting games of the weekend. Of course, this is one of just many games the Gunners will have to deal with between now and the end of the year, which highlights the growing issue with the insane schedule these teams will have to keep at the highest level.

As part of his pre-match press conference, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta spoke candidly about the need to protect players under the current circumstances they face.

Arsenal team news ahead of Leeds match 0

Posted on November 21, 2020 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal will be returning to Premier League action this Sunday after two weeks off thanks to the international break. While they may not have gone into the break in the best form after a 3-0 loss to Aston Villa, they’ll be hoping that they can get back to winning ways against Leeds United.

Before kick-off, though, Arsenal.com has provided fans with an update regarding the Gunners’ team news. While the club has had far worse injury problems in recent years, it’s still worth noting that they’ll be without a few key players for what could prove to be one of the games of the season.

Arteta looks ahead to Leeds clash this weekend 0

Posted on November 20, 2020 by Harry Kettle

After two weeks of the international break, domestic football is set to return this weekend across Europe – and that includes the Premier League. Arsenal fans will still have a bad taste in their mouth after the defeat to Aston Villa before the interval, and now, they’ll be thrown right back into another tough game as they prepare to lock horns with Leeds United.

Prior to this blockbuster clash, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta spoke about the game and attempted to impose some confidence in the fanbase before kickoff.

Arteta reacts to Arsenal’s win over Leeds – part 2 0

Posted on January 07, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On the suggestion that Leeds could have been two up at half-time:
That’s why we had to react. We changed some things. The biggest change was how we approached the second half, the mentality, how aggressive we are, how intense we are. We started to win every duel, every 50:50, we were playing in the opponent’s half and making passes forward and runs forward and being positive on the ball. It was different.

Arteta reacts to Arsenal’s win over Leeds – part 1 0

Posted on January 07, 2020 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal faced a lot of adversity last night during their FA Cup third round clash against Leeds United. It was the definition of a tough game as the Championship leaders came right at them in the first half, refusing to let them breathe. However, in the second half, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was able to turn things around and guide the Gunners to a 1-0 win that secured their spot in the fourth round of the competition.

After the game, Arteta spoke with the media about the win.

Arsenal vs Leeds – Preview 0

Posted on January 06, 2020 by Harry Kettle

The magic of the cup has been seen, felt and heard across English football in the last few days as the third round of the FA Cup has been and gone – well, almost. There’s one more game of note that is set to take place and that game will see Arsenal host Leeds United in a battle between two of English football’s most historic clubs.

Both have had their fair share of bumps in the road over the years, but it’s safe to say that Leeds have suffered the worst across the last decade or so. Now, though, things seem to have changed, and there’s an argument to be made that this third round encounter is going to wind up being more unpredictable than most would think.

Remembering THAT Henry goal 0

Posted on January 06, 2020 by Harry Kettle

Today Arsenal will step back into the lion’s den in the form of an FA Cup tie against Championship high-flyers Leeds United – a team they will almost certainly be meeting again twice in the Premier League this season. Alas, while many people will choose to focus on what they can do to try and succeed and progress into the fourth round, we thought it’d be fun to take a look back at a meeting between the two clubs from around seven years ago. In fact, it was almost seven years to the day in the same competition and at the same venue.

Arsenal looks ahead to Leeds FA Cup clash – part 2 0

Posted on January 03, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On Eddie Nketiah’s return:
We have to sit down with the loan department and we’ll do that this afternoon, to discuss the best possible way for him to keep developing. I think the environment that he’s been living in has improved him as a player, 100 per cent. He played some minutes, not as much as we wanted, but he’s a kid with incredible potential and we have to make a decision for the club, not for the next four months but for his career. What’s the best thing to do? We have to sit down with him, hear from him – that’s very important because we need to know what he needs as well – and make the right decision for the next five months.

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