Leeds United were unfortunate not to find a winner against Arsenal at Elland Road on Sunday, but the match finished 0-0 with the Gunners down to 10 men.

The Whites were the better side in the first half and went close on a few occasions, before dominating the second half after Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe was sent off.

Overall, they had 25 shots to the Gunners nine, and enjoyed 66.3% of possession (via WhoScored).

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The result leaves the Marcelo Bielsa’s side 14th in the table with 11 points, with their next fixture coming against Everton on Saturday.

Here are the three key takeaways from Sunday’s game.

Absentees return

Sunday saw the return of Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo from injury and illness respectively, and both made their presence felt. Phillips was his usual self at the base of the midfield, progressing the ball and breaking up play, completing 85 passes overall, including one key pass (via WhoScored). He picked up a small knock in the second half, but was able to complete the full 90 minutes.

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Rodrigo came off the bench for his first appearance since Leeds’ win over Aston Villa and he instantly caused danger, hitting the bar with a spectacular long range effort. Playing in an attacking midfield role behind the striker Patrick Bamford, he did enough to get the start against Everton.

Finishing lets Leeds down

With 25 shots overall, Leeds definitely had the chances to win this game, but they were unable to find a winner. Raphinha, Bamford and Rodrigo all hit the woodwork, while Stuart Dallas forced Bernd Leno into a smart save.

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There were no glaring misses in particular from this Leeds side, but when they create so much, they need to do a better job of finding the net.

Defensive concerns remain

Despite Leeds dominating the ball and territory, they still allowed Arsenal in for a few good chances. Bukayo Saka in particular forced Illan Meslier into an excellent save and it was a little too easy for the Gunners to break at times, even when down to 10 men.

The fact that Leeds are able to dominate a side like Arsenal is testament to how far they have come, but the threat of the counter attack is something that Bielsa needs to manage going forward.

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