By George Overhill

8th May, 2022 | 6:40pm

Gary Neville warns Leeds United of problems ahead after Luke Ayling incident at Arsenal

Luke Ayling’s red card for Leeds United in the loss at Arsenal was bad at the time but isn’t the worst part about it according to Gary Neville.

The United right-back was sent off for a wild two-footed lunge on Gabriel Martinelli at the Emirates, which proved too much to come back from when already two goals down, as the Whites lost 2-1.

With the stalwart, who was playing in his 500th professional game, now suspended for at least three games he has played his last game in the relegation battle, and Neville expects his energy to be missed.

Reacting on his personal Twitter account (8 May, 2.29pm) the Sky Sports pundit said: “Losing Ayling in this game isn’t the biggest issue!

“Losing him for the next games is really problematic. He’s Leeds energy in a lot of games”.


That it was the veteran’s 500th appearance makes it even harder to understand what went through his head.

A man with that much experience shouldn’t be succumbing to frustration at such a crucial point in the season, but that’s what happened.

That the 10 men managed to claw a goal back and not concede further suggests there could have been something for them in the game.

With the squad so cursed with injuries this season, and seemingly a new man ruled out long-term each week, the last thing Jesse Marsch needed was absentees for any other reason.

Losing Ayling makes it all the more vital to get captain Liam Cooper back as soon as possible.

The centre-back was in line to feature in the capital, according to the manager on Friday (6 May), but was surprisingly not included in the squad despite travelling.

A second loss running has left the Whites in big trouble, sitting in the relegation zone, and Ayling will no doubt be devastated by his role in that.

In other Leeds United news, one BBC pundit was scathing in his furious rebuke of a Whites player who had let everyone down.