Arsenal hero Freddie Ljungberg singles out one star for praise after Leeds draw

Former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg labelled Bukayo Saka 'very good', after the England international came off the bench in the 0-0 draw with Leeds United.

Marcelo Bielsa's side hit the woodwork three times and had 25 shots in total but they were unable to make the most of their man advantage, after Nicolas Pepe was sent off for violent conduct.

However, Saka almost snatched a win for Arsenal after coming off the bench in the second half to replace Joe Willock.

Saka broke into the penalty area but his effort was denied by an excellent save from Illan Meslier in between the sticks.

Unfortunately for the Gunners, Saka was forced off before the end of the game with an injury and manager Mikel Arteta has offered an update on the youngster.

Speaking in his post match press conference, Arteta said: "Yeah he was in pain. I don't know we're going to have to assess with the medical staff how bad it is. It looked a pretty bad challenge and he was in pain so we decided to take him out straight away.

Despite the injury concern, Ljungberg was impressed with Saka's cameo, telling Sky Sports: "Leeds were very, very good today. They created a lot of chances. One of those should go in.

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"But I thought Bukayo [Saka] was very good when he came on and could have nicked it towards the end there. Arsenal were maybe a bit lucky. But they almost got a goal and that was their plan after the red card."

Reflecting on the draw, Hector Bellerin said: "I have to say as a player I have mixed feelings, I am not someone who gets happy with a draw, but taking into consideration the opposition and the fact we had 10 men.

"We looked really solid, obviously they created chances but the team responded really well. We both had chances, we go home with a draw and it is one of those games you need to forget about and move on to the next one, because we have a busy schedule coming up.

"Coming to Elland Road, you know you are going to have a tough game, a team who have been working for a few years with Marcelo Bielsa, tactically very brave and intelligent, when you have to defend in the whole second half it gets tiring in your brain, rather than your body.

"I am happy we didn't concede and still looked solid."

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