It’s always important to make a good first impression and Raphinha did exactly that as he made his full Leeds United debut against Arsenal on Sunday.

Leeds ensured they didn’t suffer a third consecutive defeat for the first time under Marcelo Bielsa by holding the Gunners to a goalless draw at Elland Road.

Both teams had plenty of chances to score with both goalkeepers and both sets of woodwork preventing the ball from hitting the back of the net.

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And while no one managed to get on the scoresheet, Raphinha managed to get his name on the lips of many Leeds fans for his exhilarating display this weekend.

The 23-year-old started for Leeds for the first time since his move from Rennes last month with Helder Costa dropping to the bench following his own goal at Crystal Palace in the last game.

And based on the reaction of Leeds supporters to the Brazilian winger’s display, he’s likely to retain his starting spot for the foreseeable future with one saying he was “MOTM” on Sunday.

Here is a selection of their tweets:

Ok, we admit, it wasn’t Leeds United fans’ first impression of Raphinha because he had come off the bench in three of the Whites’ four last Premier League matches.

But the Brazilian managed to last all 90 minutes on Sunday and gave us the best insight yet into how he can perform for the Yorkshire giants.

And it’s fair to say we were impressed by what we saw.

While we wouldn’t entirely agree with the ‘man of the match’ call, we were happy with Raphinha’s display and it’s something to build on in the coming weeks.

Leeds will play worse teams than Arsenal this season and we expect the ex-Rennes man to shine more often than not for the Elland Road club.

In other Leeds United news, fans blasted this player for his first-half display against Arsenal.


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