By Beck Pascal

9th May, 2022 | 12:10pm

Alan Shearer destroys 'stupid' Luke Ayling after Leeds United loss v Arsenal

Alan Shearer has emptied both barrels on “stupid” Leeds United ace Luke Ayling following his red card against Arsenal on Sunday [May 8]. 

The Whites suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hand of the Gunners with former Leeds player Eddie Nketiah bagging a brace.

Jesse Marsch’s side is now level on points with Burnley but finds themselves in the bottom three on goal difference.

Shearer wrote in his BBC Sport column: “Everton cannot relax yet but the pressure is hugely on Leeds now, after they dropped into the bottom three.

“I can’t quite explain what happened to Jesse Marsch’s side in their defeat at Arsenal, because they were actually better after their captain Luke Ayling was sent off.

“Leeds had already made things difficult for themselves when Illan Meslier gifted Arsenal their first goal after only five minutes, but things quickly got worse for them.

“Ayling’s tackle on Gabriel Martinelli was stupid because it not only left his side down to 10 men for more than an hour at Emirates Stadium, it means he is suspended for the rest of the season.

“Leeds also have two home games to come, but they have the added problem of a much worse goal difference than Burnley and Everton, which gives them even more work to do to stay up.”


It really is not looking good for Leeds United after the weekend of football that has just been played. 

Thankfully Burnley lost but other than that it was an absolute disaster. Everton’s first away win in the league since August came at the worst time for the Whites and if they win their game in hand – the relegation scrap will be down to the Yorkshire men and Burnley.

The Emirates display was a farce – you cant have your goalkeeper making mistakes within the first five minutes of the game. 

Ayling, the captain, then left the rest of the time in the mud by getting sent off and he should have no complaints about the decision. 

These are the games you need the players to put in key performances but for Marsch’s side, it was very much the opposite on Sunday. 

The most frustrating thing is that if they had played with eleven men all game, they would have had a very good chance of winning based on how they played with ten – even with the two early goals. 

In other Leeds United news, Jesse Marsch says Leeds are “screwed” if they do one thing after their 2-1 loss against Arsenal.