They say football is a game of two halves and it certainly was for Leeds United at the Emirates on Sunday.
In a reverse of the FA Cup fixture last year, Arsenal dominated the first-half before Leeds briefly threatened a comeback in the second 45.
This correlated with Gjanni Alioski going off and Niall Huggins coming on and plenty of Leeds fans blasted the left-back for his display.
Alioski was up against a brilliant player who was on top form yesterday – Bukayo Saka – and we’ve always said he’s better going forward than he is in defence.
However, he lost Saka constantly in the first 45 minutes and we actually can’t remember a positive contribution from him.
Huggins was brought on at 4-0 down, a real baptism of fire for the youngster, but he did a brilliant job under very trying circumstances.
It was his debut for Leeds but you’d never have known it and while he occasionally struggled against Saka, he did better than Alioski.
One fan said that Alioski was bullied by Saka and that’s the one thing we wouldn’t have expected from him.
We’d like to see Huggins get more game time now and maybe even a start next time out if Leeds are still suffering with the same injury problems.
In the meantime, here are the best reactions to Alioski’s display on Sunday…
— Through It All Together (@ThruItAllLUFC) February 14, 2021
Not seen us play this badly for a long time. That performance is why Alioski shouldn’t be playing as a left back in the Prem, albeit Saka is a very good player. The London curse strikes again. Just shows how key Phillips is as well. #lufc
— Carl Weston (@carl_we5ton) February 14, 2021
Ayling so clearly not a centre half and so important for us going forward. Alioski and Cooper not good enough defensively. Strujic terrible at CDM. Asking for trouble. So many injuries! #LUFC
— Samuel Lang (@SamuelLang1996) February 14, 2021
Struijk should of stayed cb with shack in midfield. Alioski keeps losing Saka. Yesss it’s shite but Arsenal have got a good team. Our aim was to stay up. Just enjoy it it for what it is #lufc
— LuFc Ben💙💛💙💛🦍 (@LyricalBen) February 14, 2021
— 404 page not found (@TheRealBorisJo3) February 14, 2021
Injuries or not, Bielsa’s team selection was absolutely shocking. Big changes needed ASAP, starting with getting Alioski as far away from this pitch as possible. #LUFC
— Adam Hennessy (@Henno232) February 14, 2021
Saka is absolutely bullying alioski, that 3rd goal was a joke in defending #LUFC
— Longthorne90 (@Longthorne90) February 14, 2021
Alioski is having a nightmare #lufc
— Jordan Harris (@JordanHarris811) February 14, 2021
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