Mikel Arteta branded Nicolas Pepe’s behaviour “unacceptable” because the Arsenal supervisor voiced his concern at his aspect’s lack of targets after drawing a clean in a Zero-Zero Premier League draw in opposition to a dominant Leeds at Elland Street.
Pepe appeared to headbutt Leeds defender Ezgjan Alioski in an off-the-ball problem and Arsenal’s membership document signing was given a purple card within the 51st minute after Anthony Taylor consulted with the video assistant referee.
Arsenal had been outclassed as much as that time however resolutely held on for the remainder of the match to assert some extent – though Arteta was nonetheless visibly aggravated at how Pepe had left his team-mates within the lurch.
“It’s unacceptable,” Arteta stated, refusing to elaborate additional.
The Spaniard’s temper was not helped by a muscular harm to Willian which pressured the Brazilian’s withdrawal at half-time, whereas substitute Bukayo Saka got here off worst in a problem late on and limped off.
Whereas they have been capable of thwart a wasteful Leeds, Arsenal provided little going ahead and so they have scored solely as soon as of their most up-to-date 5 Premier League matches.
Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was largely remoted after being given a uncommon likelihood in a central position up entrance, with Alexandre Lacazette dropping to the bench, because the Gunners had simply two pictures on course on Sunday afternoon.
“The actual fact we have to rating extra targets, it’s a priority,” Arteta stated. “We want targets and loads of targets to win soccer matches to be the highest group that we need to be. With out that it’s unattainable.
“It doesn’t matter how we’re defensively.
“It’s not the shortage of attacking gamers we have now or the attacking gamers we’re placing on the pitch, however we’d like some moments the place we have now to make higher selections and be extra ruthless.
“However it’s probably the most troublesome factor in soccer and generally we undergo these patches and we have now to beat. I’ve to assist the gamers to beat and do it as shortly as attainable.”
Whereas Arteta was dissatisfied at leaving West Yorkshire with solely some extent, he was capable of take some positives.
“We have now to take some extent contemplating the circumstances,” he added. “I’m by no means glad with some extent however we all know that the problem that we confronted within the second half for 40 minutes within the second half with 10 males.
“The way in which we reacted to it and the resilience that we confirmed, the hassle that every one the gamers put in to attempt to overcome that benefit was phenomenal.”
Leeds had 25 makes an attempt at objective – 13 within the first half and 12 after the interval – however solely 4 have been on course on a day the place Rodrigo, Patrick Bamford and Raphinha – handed his first begin for the membership – all hit the woodwork.
Marcelo Bielsa lamented an lack of ability to capitalise on their possibilities however when it was put to him that it’s a mark of how far Leeds have come that a draw with Arsenal is taken into account disappointing, the boss stated: “Maybe it’s the way you say.
“The sport had two moments: the primary hour the place we performed 11 in opposition to 11 by which he dominated the sport and didn’t enable the opponent to react, and the ultimate half-an-hour the place the dominance was much more clear.
“Offensively we did sufficient to should have established a lead.”
Raphinha was amongst these to catch the attention for Leeds in a energetic show however Bielsa’s reward for the winger was a bit of measured, as the pinnacle coach stated: “It was a optimistic efficiency.
“He contributed to assist enhance our offensive recreation.
“He was unable to contribute extra steadiness individually himself however he had an enormous affect on the right-hand aspect the place we have been harmful.”