Premier League: Nicolas Pepe sent off in Arsenal’s stalemate against Leeds United; Everton, West Ham win – Sports News , Firstpost


Pepe’s insane dismissal in the second half left Mikel Arteta’s side struggling at Elland Road and they had to try their luck to escape with a point.

Nicolas Pepe has been sent off for head-butting Ezgjan Alioski in Arsenal’s goalless draw against Leeds. AP

London: Arsenal held on to a 0-0 draw at Leeds after Nicolas Pepe was sent off for the Ezgjan Alioski header, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored after just 42 seconds as Everton won 3-2 in Fulham on Sunday.

Pepe’s insane dismissal in the second half left Mikel Arteta’s side struggling at Elland Road and they had to try their luck to escape with a point.

Leeds hit the woodwork three times in the finals but were unable to inflict a second straight defeat on Arsenal, whose problems worsened when Bukayo Saka limped with a late injury.

Arsenal have won just one of their last five Premier League games and sit 11th, while Leeds are 14th after their third consecutive game without a win.

At the end of a week where Arteta has had to deal with a training floor dispute between Dani Ceballos and David Luiz, the Arsenal manager will be relieved that his side have shown fighting spirit to keep Leeds remotely.

Pepe had an early vision of the goal when the Ivorian winger passed Luke Ayling for a cross shot that came back from the bar.

Patrick Bamford tested Bernd Leno with a powerful volley – one of 13 shots Leeds had as they dominated the first half without making the breakthrough.

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had had a rare chance to play the role of central striker but he was largely anonymous and only scored twice in his last nine games.

The Gunners were reduced to 10 men in the 51st minute when Pepe, frustrated by an earlier clash with the Leeds player moments earlier, buried his head in Alioski’s face, sending him falling to the grass.

Referee Anthony Taylor went to check on the field monitor and showed Pepe a right red.

Leeds substitute Rodrigo hit the bar with a curling effort from the edge of the area.

Bamford also hit the woodwork with a header before Raphinha’s shot came back from a post to Arsenal’s relief.

At Craven Cottage, Calvert-Lewin maintained his fine form to put Carlo Ancelotti ahead in one minute.

Premier League Nicolas Pepe sent off Arsenals deadlock against Leeds United win Everton West Ham

Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Fulham and Everton, at Craven Cottage Stadium, London on Sunday 22 November 2020 (John Sibley, Pool via AP)

Bobby Decordova-Reid equalized for Fulham, but England striker Calvert-Lewin scored again and Abdoulaye Doucoure got Everton’s third before half-time.

Fulham’s Ivan Cavaleiro sent a second-half penalty over the bar and, although Ruben Loftus-Cheek cut the deficit, Everton held on to win for the first time in five league games.

After a three-game losing streak that hampered their attempt to finish in the top four, Everton are in sixth place.

“The most important part of the game was coming back to victory,” said Ancelotti.

“We lost energy in the second half, the players were tired. I changed to put more fresh legs on the pitch but we had to defend. In the end, it went well.”

Fulham remains a place above the relegation zone after his third loss in four games.

Haller ends the drought

At the bottom of the table, Sheffield United’s wait for their first win this season continues after being beaten 1-0 by West Ham at Bramall Lane.

Chris Wilder’s side have lost eight of their opening nine league games, making them the third club to take a point or less during that span in the Premier League era.

Sébastien Haller broke the deadlock in the 56th minute with his first goal since September.

When Pablo Fornals’ blocked effort ricocheted on Haller just outside the box, the Ivorian striker unleashed a fierce shot that erupted into the roof of the net.

Declan Rice headed against the bar as West Ham looked for a second, but Oli McBurnie was inches away from the equalizer when he slammed a left foot strike into the woodwork.

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