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Leeds suffered a Premier League defeat last night at the hands of ruthless Arsenal. The Gunners fighters were up 3-0 before the break came, thanks to a double from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a goal from Hector Bellerin.
Aubameyang struck again in the second half, just two minutes after the restart, but Leeds switched gears in a desperate attempt to get something back.
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Pascal Struijk and Helder Costa found the back of the net but it was only enough for half the deficit. Overall it was a disappointing performance from this side of Leeds, with Illan Meslier taking the worst of the stick for missing four goals and conceding a penalty. One man who also greatly disappointed the side was Ezgjan Alioski.
Ezgjan Alioski vs Arsenal
Couch score He gave him a game rating of 5.9, which was the worst of any outfield player on the night, and when you look at some of his underlying numbers, it’s easy to see why. He made just 23 passes with 70% accuracy (only Klich fared worse), and it was much lower than his 55 passes and 81% accuracy. against Crystal Palace in the previous match.
He was also unable to record a single block, interception or punt and made only one inning, which is not good enough for a defender and significantly lower than his own. season average.
This campaign, Alioski has averaged two tackles per game in the Premier League, while also having 0.7 interceptions and one punt per game as well.
And that’s not all. As a winger, the revolutionized role sees them contribute greatly to both attack and defense. Alioski chipped in two key passes and completed 100% of his crosses in the 2-0 win over Palace, but in his performance against Arsenal, he was unable to put down a single cross and managed only one key pass.
Leeds have now slipped to 11th place after Arsenal overtook them and take two points ahead. For Alioski, his position at the club is at stake. The talks have revolved around a possible exit for the £ 55,000 per week left side as you stand linked to Galatasaray with an indefinite contract.
Poor performances will only push north Macedonia further and force Marcelo Bielsa to bench him in favor of other staff.
One of the big talking points before the game was that Alioski will face Nicolas Pepe after the Ivorian was sent off in the reverse clash at Elland Road earlier in the season, with Patrick Bamford openly. developer his teammate was looking forward to Sunday’s game.
Pepe, of course, didn’t go in, but Alioski’s lousy performance certainly won’t have made Bielsa happy. Bukayo Saka ran rings around him with his pace and movement, doing seven dribbles and winning five fouls, both game highs.
The Leeds winger struggled to cope, and it came as no surprise that Saka beat his team a penalty (which was disallowed by VAR) with an infield run that Liam Cooper had to face because Alioski failed to do so.
Meslier may make the headlines for his mistake in preparing for Arsenal’s legitimate pitch, but Alioski also didn’t cover himself in glory and Bielsa will surely be disappointed in him.
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