LONDON (AP) – Arsenal had to row against the current after their forward Nicolas Pepe was sent off and rescued a 0-0 draw at Leeds in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Ivorian international received a direct red card after 51 minutes after a play without the ball. He walked over to Ezgjan Alioski, lowered his head to the forehead of Leeds’ left back and he threw himself to the ground.
Pepe started only for the second time in the Premier this season. It has cost him to establish himself in the team after arriving from the French club Lille in the summer of 2019 after a disbursement of 80 million euros (89 million dollars).
Leeds dominated the remainder of the second half, but couldn’t beat Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who drew shots from Stuart Dallas and then watched shots from Rodrigo, Patrick Bamford and Raphinha hit the posts.
Arsenal came close to victory in the final stretch, but Bukayo Saka’s shot was repelled after dribbling past the keeper.
Although Arsenal’s defense remains intractable, those led by Mikel Arteta lack punch, without goals in four of their last five Premier League games. The lone goal was a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty in a 1-0 away win at Manchester United.
The result left Arsenal in 11th place in the standings with 13 points from nine games. Leeds, the team of Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa is 14th with 11 points.
EVERTON BREAKS BAD STRETCH
With the complicity of another missed penalty by Fulham, Everton snapped a three-game losing streak in the Premier League by winning 3-2 thanks to a Dominic Calvert-Lewin double.
Two after Ademola Lookman missed a definition to the “Panenka” in the discounts of visit to West Ham, Ivan Cavaleiro was in charge of the maximum penalty. But the Portuguese striker slipped while attempting his shot and sent it over the crossbar.
Everton were leading 3-1 at the time, and while Fulham put strain on the final stretch of the match with Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s goal in the 70th minute, the visitors managed to hold out after defeats to Southampton, Newcastle and Manchester United.
Calvert-Lewin established himself as the season’s top scorer by reaching 10 wins. He did so with a goal at 42 seconds and then at 29 minutes after Bobby De Cordova-Reid’s temporary draw.
Abdoulaye Doucoure headed a Lucas Digné cross for his first goal for Everton that made it 3-1 for Everton in the 35th.
Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti’s team started the season with four successive victories, but failed to win in their last four games.
SHEFFIELD UNITED STILL NOT WINNING
Sheffield United are still unable to triumph in the Premier this season after succumbing 1-0 to West Ham, courtesy of Sebastien Haller’s goal in the second half.
With eight defeats in nine games, Sheffield United is at the bottom of the table. It is a huge contrast to last season, when they were fighting to the last to qualify for the European cups.
West Ham climbed to eighth with their fourth win of the season.