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Leeds huffed and puffed but were unable to break the deadlock as Arsenal battled to a point at Elland Road.

The Whites enjoyed the majority of possession and the chances yet couldn't find a way past Bernd Leno.

Marcelo Bielsa's side were dominant in the first-half and were then given a helping hand when Nicolas Pepe was sent-off for headbutting Ezgjan Alioski.

Rodrigo, a second-half sub, went closest to opening the scoring when his outstanding curling effort smashed the bar.

Arsenal's one man deficit meant they had to play on the break and they almost stole the game when Bukayo Saka burst through.

Mikel Arteta will have backed his young star but he couldn't get round Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

Patrick Bamford almost scored his eighth goal of the season with minutes remaining but his header came off the post before Raphinha did likewise in injury time to sum up the hosts' afternoon.

Leeds were unable to break the deadlock despite dominating for large periods
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1. The bigger picture

Arteta has seen his side lose three of their last four while Bielsa's Leeds have shipped eight goals in their last two outings.

There was a feeling before the clash at Elland Road that both managers needed a result.

But when you take a minute and think about it, neither should be under any kind of pressure.

It is a reflection on the modern game that this was even a narrative when you consider how Bielsa has helped Leeds return to the top flight.

Arteta meanwhile has begun to shift the culture at the Emirates even quicker than some projected.

Come Sunday evening both managers were a point better off, although Bielsa no doubt the happier.

Nicolas Pepe was given his marching orders
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2. Pepe's mad moment

Why players think they can get away with any type of incident nowadays remains a mystery.

VAR meant that Pepe's clash with Alioski was always going to get reviewed.

The Ivorian reacted unnecessarily to the Leeds man and gave referee Anthony Taylor an easy decision.

Gary Neville even said that Pepe "might as well start walking down the tunnel" as the pitchside monitor was used by the man in the middle.

His dismissal was Arsenal's fifth red card since Arteta took charge – at least two more than any other team during that time period which is a worrying statistic.

Pepe is still trying to justify Arsenal's club record £72m outlay on him last summer and again produced little during his 50 or so minutes on the pitch.

And his misdemeanour in Yorkshire is certainly doing him no favours.

Leeds played the Marcelo Bielsa way despite suffering recently
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3. Loyal, loyal Leeds

There really is no conforming with this man – but then again didn't we know this anyway?

Leeds didn't look like a side who had lost consecutive games 4-1, but that was the reality.

Before the contest Bielsa said: “Our team usually generates danger, but sometimes the efficiency and accuracy lower the desired outcome."

That is a man well aware of the risk and reward that comes with his side's methods.

Leeds were by far the better team in the opening 45 and then enjoyed a man advantage for most of the second period where they were also by far the better.

Questions will remain about their lack of clinical edge, but the nucleus of a side who know what they are and what they stand for is there.

Dani Ceballos was often involved in the Arsenal attacks
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4. Perhaps Ceballos is the answer

Again this week rumours have circulated about Arsenal and Arteta seeking a creative midfielder.

Even in commentary Neville referenced the Gunners' struggles against teams who sit deep because of their lack of creativity.

But when you watch Dani Ceballos dictate play you wonder whether their system doesn't get the best out of players like him, rather then the Spaniard not being up to scratch.

Were, say, a Houssem Aouar to arrive in the coming months surely he would play instead of, rather than alongside, Ceballos.

Would Arsenal's midfield suddenly create a host of chances? It is certainly debatable.

Ceballos is always keen to get on the ball and often the first man his team-mates look for.

This growing clamour to have someone alongside Thomas Partey could end up being a case of tweaking the system, rather than seeking a new recruit.

5. Arsenal's open problem

Arsenal's goalless outing at Elland Road means they are now approaching 500 minutes without a scoring from open play.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's winner at Old Trafford came from the spot.

But before that Pepe's goal against Sheffield United on October 4 was the last time the Gunners broke down their opponents.

There is inevitable links to the aforementioned creativity issue, but whether that is a personnel issue or a system issue remains a problem for Arteta.

You have to think though, with the names on his squad list, that it is a case of unlocking the firepower.

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