Arsenal News: Ian Wright disagrees with Mikel Arteta over Jamie Vardy’s and Eddie Nketiah’s red card requests


Mikel Arteta was furious that Mikel Arteta had not been deported (Photo: Getty)

Arsenal legend Ian Wright dismissed Mikel Arteta’s claim that Jamie Vardy should have been sent off in the Gunners’ draw against Leicester and instead made the Spaniard’s complaints angry at the inability of his team to complete the match.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the advantage to his team in the first period and Arsenal had several opportunities to add to their advantage before Eddie Nketiah was sent off 15 minutes from the end.

Nketiah had just entered the fray from the substitutes’ bench, but his dismissal changed the game and Vardy scored with six minutes left to make sure the Foxes left the Emirates with a point.

Arteta was furious that his team had given up three points and he struck that Vardy stayed on the field in the first half while Nketiah received his marching orders.

Vardy caught Musafi with a lost boot (Image: DAZN)

The English striker took Shkodran Mustafi in the face with a lost boot and Arteta says Vardy should have seen red before Nketiah.

“With the red card decision, he does not see the player, he must know that he is a young child,” said Arteta.

“It may be a red card, but Leicester have to play with 10 men after 42 minutes. “

Nketiah was kicked out with 15 minutes left (Photo: Reuters)

Arteta’s anger was palpable as three points would have kept their slim hope of finishing in the top four.

But, while Wright sympathizes with Arteta’s anger, he disagrees that Vardy should have been kicked out and says that Arsenal is only responsible for the draw.

When asked about a possible shipment for Vardy, Wright said, “It’s just an accident. You can see that Jamie Vardy just slipped.

“He’s not trying to hit him in the face. It is accidental.

‘The [Arteta] can say what he wants about sending [for Nketiah] – it was a shipment – no matter what he said about his age and all that.

“The fact is that you are looking back at this game and you can say that the chances were missed. Arsenal must be more ruthless in this department. Creativity in the past has not been great and that is why we have been so dependent on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Wright thinks Nketiah deserved to be kicked out (Photo: DAZN)

“But tonight, the way they played deserved a few more goals. This would have removed the bite from Leicester. Arsenal may have been able to control the game a little more and catch them a few times, but the longer it lasted with a team like Leicester, they will think, “We are still in the game” and they did.

“They came out in the second half, they controlled it a lot better and the pressure was going to say it at the end. ”

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