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Firpo Gets 7.5, Ayling With 4 | Leeds United Players Rated In Poor Loss Vs Arsenal

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Leeds United locked horns with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium earlier today as they hoped to grind out a result away from home. The Whites made a horror start to the game and found themselves 2-0 down after ten minutes due to Eddie Nketiah’s brace. Luke Ayling was sent off in the 27th minute which made life even more difficult for the visitors. Jesse Marsch’s men defended for their lives and managed to get to the half-time break 2-0 down on the scoreline.

Diego Llorente pulled a goal back for Leeds in the 66th minute but it turned out to be a consolation one as the contest ended with the Whites suffering a 2-1 loss at North London.

Let’s take a look at how each Leeds United player fared during the clash against the Gunners.

GK: Illan Meslier – 6/10

Meslier made a poor mistake in the lead-up to Nketiah’s first goal. However, he regained his composure and made a handful of solid saves to keep his team in the contest.

RB: Luke Ayling – 4/10

He let his teammates down by getting sent off in the 27th minute.

CB: Robin Koch – 6/10

Koch was strong in the air and was not shy of putting his foot through the ball when needed.

CB: Diego Llorente – 7/10

The Spanish defender was a rock at the back and did well to get his name on the scoresheet after the hour mark.

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LB: Junior Firpo – 7.5/10

Firpo gave a good account of himself when defending inside his half and made two key opportunities in the final third.

CM: Mateusz Klich – 5.5/10

He struggled to get into the rhythm of the game and got replaced at half-time.

CM: Kalvin Phillips – 6.5/10

Phillips got stuck in with some solid tackles but offered very little going forward.

RW: Raphinha – 5.5/10

He was hardly a threat in the final third and got substituted before the hour mark.

CAM: Daniel James – 6/10

The Welsh winger worked hard defensively but failed to make an impact in the opponent’s half.

LW: Jack Harrison – 6/10

He made two good runs with the ball but never got a sniff at goal.

ST: Joe Gelhardt – 6/10

Gelhardt made a quiet start to the game and could last only 28 minutes.


CB: Pascal Struijk – 7/10

He kept things solid at the back.

CM: Lewis Bate – 6/10

Bate added some energy to Leeds’ midfield.

CAM: Rodrigo – 6/10

Rodrigo never looked like he would score.

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