Hector Bellerin and Mikel Arteta have both commented on Arsenal star Bukayo Saka – as per BBC Sport Live’s coverage – after the England international missed a glorious chance to score during Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Leeds United.
Leeds and Arsenal played out an exciting 0-0 draw that had everything, but a goal. Leeds dominated much of the match and possession, hitting the woodwork three times in the second half through Patrick Bamford, Raphinha and Rodrigo.
Nicolas Pepe was sent off for a headbutt on Leeds defender Gjanni Alioski just after the restart, after the duo had initially had a bit of a scuffle. VAR replays showed the Ivorian had connected with the Macedonian left-footer.
It saw Arsenal sit back and look to nullify Leeds – though an excellent run and pass from Bellerin saw substitute Saka go through on goal, only for his attempt to round Illan Meslier thwarted. Bellerin and Arteta commented after the match.
“Usually Bukayo puts those chances to bed. He was unlucky but it happens. Sometimes you get it wrong,” Bellerin said. “We need to keep creating those chances for the forwards. Sometimes it just needs that switch and one day we will start scoring.
Arteta also commented on the chance, which saw Saka tried to round Meslier – only for the Frenchman to get back to his feet: “It was the best chance of the game and we tried to stick to the plan. We conceded chances but were a threat on the break.”
TBR’s view – Saka should have scored, but Leeds deserved to win
Yes, Saka should have scored when put through on goal especially after an excellent first touch. But overall, Leeds certainly deserved to win the match – hitting the woodwork on numerous occasions and having plenty more chances, too.
Luke Ayling, Mateusz Klich and Rodrigo will all be questioning how efforts did not find the back of the net – and while Bamford tested Bernd Leno on numerous occasions, he will be frustrated that he did not add to his seven Premier League goals.
Saka’s chance was the best of the match, but Leeds deserved to win.