Arsene Wenger has thanked Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa after the Argentine’s ‘remarkable gesture’ in his side’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.
Leeds hopes of automatic promotion were ended after Bielsa instructed his side to allow Aston Villa to equalise, having gone ahead in controversial circumstances.
In bizarre scenes at Elland Road, Mateusz Klich opened the scoring for Leeds after they initially looked set to put the ball out of play following an injury to Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodija.
Tyler Roberts appeared to be ready to put the ball out for a throw-in before passing the ball forward to Klich who capitalised on a surprised Villa defence to score.
The goal sparked tempers between both sides, with Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi controversially sent off following an incident with Patrick Bamford.
Bielsa then instructed his side to allow Villa to score, with Albert Adomah running, almost unopposed, into an unguarded net.
Leeds centre-back Pontus Jansson attempted to stop Adomah, and was berated by teammates following his challenge.
Former Arsenal boss Wenger was full of praise for Bielsa following the incident, describing the Leeds’ manager’s decision as a ‘remarkable gesture’.
“I would like to say ‘thank you’ to Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa, who asked his players to let the goal in,” Wenger told BEIN Sports.
“It’s a remarkable gesture. They played to come up to the Premier League, it’s something at stake. The whole world has to watch that.”
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