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Arsenal boss Mike Arteta had no choice but to take the draw against Leeds.

Arsenal boss Mike Arteta reflected on his side's goalless draw with Leeds United.

Arteta and Bielsa shake hands following goalless draw at Elland Road. [Getty]
Arteta and Bielsa shake hands following goalless draw at Elland Road. [Getty]

Arsenal played out a goalless draw with Leeds United on Sunday evening.

Arsenal manager Mike Arteta was pleased with the goalless draw his side played out against Leeds United “considering how early” Nicolas Pepe was shown a red card for headbutting Ezgjan Alioski in the second half.

The Whites mounted pressure on the Gunners at Elland Road but it wasn't enough to break down the north London side on the day.

The result meant Arsenal have been unable to score in four of their last five league games and their last goal from open play was Pepe's winning strike against Sheffield United on October 4.

Speaking to Sky Sports following the match, he said: "Considering how early we got Pepe sent off [in the second half] we have to take it. I never like a draw but in the circumstances, it's a point. It is unacceptable. 

"The first half there were two different periods. The game broke a bit, we started to give the ball away and led to them having the space to break. The second half it was a matter of defending well and staying patient and using the pace of our players in the space they were leaving."

On Bukayo Saka's chance, he said: "It was the best chance in the game, I thought the keeper did well. The reality is they threatened a lot our box and we were lucky on some occasions. "

On Pepe's red card offence, the Spaniard replied: "It's very clear, it's unacceptable. It's unacceptable."

"With 10 men it is a big disadvantage. I really liked the personality of the team when Pepe let the team down, how we stuck to do what we had to do and had a moment or two to win the game, but obviously, it makes it really difficult."

When quizzed whether he’s concerned about the Gunners' lack of goals from open play, he said as quoted: "It worries me obviously because we need goals and we need a lot of goals to win football matches and to be the top team that we want to be - without that it’s impossible.

"It doesn’t matter how good we are defensively. It’s not a lack of attacking players that we have, because we have attacking players on the pitch all the time, but we need some moments where we have to make decisions earlier, better and they have to be more ruthless. But it’s the most difficult thing in football and sometimes we go through these patches and we have to overcome them and I have to help the players to do it as quick as possible."

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