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Luke Ayling betrayed Leeds boss Jesse Marsch vs Arsenal

Leeds United’s desperate quest to remain in the Premier League took another worrying twist after they dropped into the relegation zone with only four games left to play.

Jesse Marsch and his side were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, whilst relegation rivals Everton managed to see off Leicester City on Sunday afternoon.

The American head coach displayed his intentions with his team selection, opting for young striker Joe Gelhardt over Rodrigo, but his plans were soon shattered by the Whites’ captain for the day Luke Ayling and his actions.

Around the 25th minute mark, the right-back put in a horrific lunge on Gabriel Martinelli, who had been running rings around him in the game’s early phase and following a VAR review, he received his marching orders.

Such a moment saw Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher describe the tackle as “disgusting” before labelling the 30-year-old veteran an “idiot” [Super Sunday, 14:55pm], considering just how much was at stake for the Yorkshire outfit and the fact that he was wearing the armband.

Meanwhile talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook claimed it was “disgraceful,” also suggesting that it was a potential “leg-breaker.”

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A subsequent three-game ban, which has no chance of being overturned, means Ayling’s season is now over and it could even be the last time he ever plays in the English top flight.

He certainly betrayed his manager’s selection and trust in him and with his likely replacement, Stuart Dallas, out injured for the season, it has left the 48-year-old in a precarious and sticky situation heading into Chelsea in midweek.

If anything, Marsch’s men were better after he left the pitch, holding the Gunners to only a 2-1 win after Diego Llorente found the net in the second half.

As per SofaScore, Ayling had only managed 24 touches from his 27 minutes on the pitch, the fewest of any starter, including goalkeeper Illan Meslier (48). He had also only made 17 accurate passes and just one tackle.

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LeedsLive reporter Beren Cross graded the former Arsenal graduate a 2/10 and wrote: ‘An entirely unnecessary, needless and irresponsible challenge on Gabriel Martinelli in the corner when the team were already in disarray and the forward was going nowhere. Will be kicking himself.’

If the Whites are indeed relegated in a few weeks’ time, then this moment will certainly be looked back upon as a pivotal one in their downfall. Ayling badly betrayed his manager and let down the travelling Elland Road faithful.

AND in other news, Leeds now plotting bid for “fabulous” £45k-p/w target, Orta should “take him all day”

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