Leeds United were on the wrong end of huge VAR controversy as they lost 1-0 to Arsenal at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon.
Bukayo Saka’s first-half goal won the game but it’ll be technology issues and a stoppage-time penalty and red card being overturned due to Chris Kavanagh checking the pitchside monitor.
Gabriel had been shown a red card and a penalty awarded for Leeds after a coming together with Patrick Bamford, who’d earlier missed a penalty, but Kavanagh changed his mind upon a replay to say that Bamford fouled the Arsenal defender.
Leeds’ poor run of form continued as a result and here, MOT Leeds News rated the players out of 10 for their performances.
Illan Meslier – 5
Meslier’s goalkeeping for Saka’s goal was very, very weak. It was at his near post but he knelt down out of the way of the shot for it to beat him.
Rasmus Kristensen – 7
Was that Kristensen’s best performance in a Leeds shirt? Luke Ayling has no hope of getting back into the starting line-up if Marsch’s summer signing is playing as well as that and keeping Gabriel Martinelli quiet.
Robin Koch – 7
Koch’s been brilliant this season and it would be criminal for Germany to leave him out of their World Cup squad. Leeds lost against Arsenal because of one stupid mistake. Koch kept the Gunners’ attackers at bay for most of the game and he did so rather comfortably. Yet another good performance by him.
Liam Cooper – 7
After a disappointing performance against Crystal Palace, it was good to see an improved display by Cooper against Arsenal. He probably could have done more to stop Saka scoring but the damage was done by his teammates with that goal, really.
Pascal Struijk – 5
It wasn’t Struijk’s fault that Rodrigo played that ridiculous pass to him ahead of Saka’s goal but Struijk should’ve dealt with the Gunners attacker way better than he did.
Tyler Adams – 8
What a performance that was by Adams. He didn’t give Arsenal’s attacking players a chance when they were faced with him. He seemed to cover every blade of that grass on that pitch.
Marc Roca – 7
He didn’t hit the lofty heights that Adams did against Arsenal but it was still a very solid display by Roca in the middle of the park. Roca’s settled in very nicely at Leeds. Him and Adams have become quite the force alongside one another and they should only continue to get better.
Luis Sinisterra – 6
After missing last week through suspension, Sinisterra had to step up. He did okay and showed a spark when Leeds went forward. Unfortunately the end product wasn’t there but we’re still pleased with the Colombian’s impact.
Brenden Aaronson – 7
It’s hard for teams to keep a handle on Aaronson. His ball control is incredible and he’s always able to play his way out of tight spaces. He tested Aaron Ramsdale in the second half with a good effort.
Jack Harrison – 5
Harrison’s season has slowed down a bit, hasn’t it? He started so well and while we didn’t expect him to sustain such a high level of form, the talk of him getting into the England squad for the World Cup has hushed up now. Harrison showed some nice touches but ultimately didn’t do what we needed him to do against the Gunners.
Rodrigo – 3
It was a wayward, cross-field pass by Rodrigo that conceded possession to Arsenal for Saka’s 35th-minute goal. The Spain international’s decision to play that pass was ridiculous. At the very best, he was going to pass the ball to Struijk at left-back. Was it worth it? Absolutely not. It’s no surprise that Marsch substituted him off at half time for that shocker.
Patrick Bamford (on for Rodrigo, ’46) – 5
Bamford was unfortunate. He had a goal disallowed within seconds of coming off the bench for being a bit too physical before missing a penalty kick. It’s shame he couldn’t get on the scoresheet but he’ll definitely be starting on Thursday against Leicester after that impact.
Mateusz Klich (on for Harrison, ’76) – N/A
Crysencio Summerville (on for Roca, ’84) – N/A