Five players that struggled for Arsenal in battling Leeds draw amid red card

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Arsenal managed to hold onto a 0-0 draw against an intense Leeds United side that choked them of the ball.

Mikel Arteta's side struggled to cope with the promoted side as they attacked throughout the first half, recording 13 shots on goal – the most by any side in the Premier League this season.

The Gunners made a bright start to the second half before Nicolas Pepe's red card for an off-the-ball incident made it an uphill battle.

It saw Leeds push hard for the winner, hitting the post three times, but Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney's desire gave them chances of their own on a day when the ball was not likely to hit the net.

While the two youngsters impressed, Daily Star has taken a look at which Arsenal stars struggled at Elland Road.

Nicolas Pepe

The 'biggest loser of the day' award goes to the young forward.

With Alexandre Lacazette on the Gunners bench, the Ivorian had the chance to show Arteta why he should be starting in the Premier League.

He managed to get forward a few times in the first half, winning set pieces for the north London side.

But Pepe threw it all away on 50 minutes, head-butting Ezgjan Alioski in an off-the-ball incident which was caught by the VAR cameras for Anthony Taylor to review.

One look at the pitchside screen saw the official pull out the red card to end the 25-year-old's afternoon.

Hector Bellerin

A criticism of the Spaniard during his time in north London has been defensive discipline – and it was made clear at Elland Road.

Bellerin stuggled to cope with the combination of Alioski and Jack Harrison running at him on the right wing.

While managing to get forward a couple of times, the full-back was one of the biggest victims from Biesla's "total football".

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Willian

A lesson which probably should have been learnt during the international break: in such an intense season, take as much rest as possible.

The Brazilian travelled to Dubai, being snapped at celebrity hotspot Nusr-Et steakhouse during the week.

And the plane weariness showed against Leeds, wailing to make an impact on the game as he was cut off by the hard-working midfielders.

With Sky Sports cameras showing Willian with his hands on his knees at the half-time whistle, Reiss Nelson's introduction looked necessary.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The Arsenal captain may as well have followed the supporters in watching the game from home!

Aubameyang could only watch as the Leeds defenders stopped any chances of the forward getting the ball from close play, leaving the Gunners with no option but to fire long balls at him with little chance of success.

With his first shot on goal coming after 60 minutes, Arteta's star man was successfully isolated for 90 minutes.

Granit Xhaka

While the Swiss midfielder has been rebuilding his reputation under Arteta, the game wore on for him.

Xhaka managed to keep on top of Leeds in the first half in the middle of the park – but the arrival of Rodrigo from the bench hit hard.

An error forced by the Spaniard led to Patrick Bamford getting a chance before the home side's record signing was given space to strike from distance.

While helping to keep a clean sheet, it was a tough day at the office for the former captain.

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