By Mark Smith

23rd Nov, 2020 | 8:35pm

'Crazy' - Rio Ferdinand claims Leeds left pitch 'trudging' after draw with Arsenal

Rio Ferdinand has claimed it was “crazy” how many times Leeds United hit the woodwork against Arsenal on Sunday.

The Whites drew 0-0 despite the Gunners having 10 men, and hitting the bar or post on three separate occasions at Elland Road.

Rodrigo, Patrick Bamford and Raphinha all came within a whisker of finding the winner, but it just wasn’t meant to be for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

Speaking on his show, FIVE on YouTube, Ferdinand couldn’t believe that the Whites didn’t pick up all three points.

“Leeds opened them up on numerous occasions,” he said.

“They hit the woodwork, they can’t believe it, did someone make the post and crossbar a bit thicker? Because the amount of times they the post and woodwork was just crazy, they couldn’t believe their luck.

“Leeds come off that pitch trudging, thinking how the hell have we not won that game?”

Leeds players will have been trudging off the pitch, but there were certainly more positives to take than negatives against Arsenal.

Even when the game was 11-aside, the Whites dominated Mikel Arteta’s side and created by far the better chances at Elland Road.

Keeping a clean-sheet after conceding eight in two games before the international break was something that was certainly needed.

Leeds kept 66.3% of the ball and managed to have 16 more shots than Arsenal according to WhoScored, with their expected goal total being 2.05.

It shows how far we have come under Bielsa to be leaving the pitch disappointed after a draw with Arsenal – this must be used as motivation.

In other Leeds United news, Dermot Gallagher shares verdict on Arsenal penalty shout

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