How did Leeds United lose that?
Leeds suffered a 1-0 loss against Arsenal on Sunday. The visitors edged the first-half and went in ahead after a big mistake from Rodrigo inside his own half.
Jesse Marsch’s men were superb in the second-half and had Arsenal completely on the ropes. But when the time came, Leeds missed their penalty with Patrick Bamford putting his effort wide.
The result was an absolute sickener, in truth. But the player ratings will make much nicer reading than last week…
Illan Meslier – 6
Some may wonder whether he could have done better for the goal given the angle. But he looked much more confident than he potentially did earlier in the season.
Rasmus Kristensen – 7
Gabriel Martinelli is the in-form winger in the Premier League right now, so huge credit should go to Kristensen for limiting his influence on the game. Another strong showing from the improving Dane.
Robin Koch – 6
Koch has arguably been our most consistent defender so far this term. And he was solid once again against Arsenal. Gabriel Jesus had a really quiet afternoon up against Koch and Cooper.
Liam Cooper – 7
Cooper had a real point to prove after his poor afternoon at Selhurst Park last week. And this was much more like the best of the skipper. The concern is we can never be entirely sure which Cooper we are going to get.
Pascal Struijk – 6
Like Kristensen, Struijk was handed a tough task trying to contain Bukayo Saka. Obviously Saka scored the opening goal. And he did cause problems for Struijk. But the 23-year-old also won his fair share of the duels.
Tyler Adams – 9
It shouldn’t need saying but Adams was absolutely everywhere. Arsenal have been so good in midfield this season. But Adams more than held his own and has further enhanced his reputation as an absolutely inspired signing.
Marc Roca – 8
That partnership between Roca and Adams is a real success story of this campaign. Roca’s ability and composure on the ball gives Leeds such an edge in the middle. Some of the touches were simply sublime.
Brenden Aaronson – 7
Aaronson picked up where he left off in the first-half against Palace. He was at his tenacious best. And there were some really bright moments when he had the ball. There was plenty of excitement when the American got onto the ball with some space around him.
Jack Harrison – 8
Harrison was a surprise number 10 against Arsenal. Once again, he found it difficult to get really into the game until the second-half. But it was always going to be a tall order given the quality of the opposition. Some of the passes he made after the break were absolutely brilliant.
Luis Sinisterra – 7
You have to wonder how we would have fared last week had Sinisterra been available. He was brave in possession against the Gunners and came close to scoring on a couple of occasions. The Colombian is going to be hugely important this season.
Rodrigo – 5
Back up front, Rodrigo looked bright when going forward. Certainly, he looked better than when he has played behind Patrick Bamford as a 10. Unfortunately, he made an awful error for the opening goal, trying to switch play in his own half. Off at half-time for Bamford.
Patrick Bamford (on 46) – 6
The striker made an immediate impact, putting the ball into the back of the net. However, a slight nudge on Gabriel saw the strike ruled out. He had another decent chance shortly afterwards. But he hit effort straight into Aaron Ramsdale.
But the penalty was a huge moment in the game. And putting it wide was such a sickener after such a brilliant start to the second-half.
When the goals come for Bamford, he could be prolific. The concern is how many chances he is missing right now.
Mateusz Klich (on 76) – 6
Some nice touches when Klich came on. He never shies away from the challenge.
Crysencio Summerville (on 84) – 5
Missed a brilliant chance late on. The devastation was obvious once he launched the ball into the stand.