Arteta fumes: ‘Leicester should play with 10 men’

Steve Pearson

Mikel Arteta let rip in a fiery post-match interview after his Arsenal side were made to settle for a 1-1 draw with Leicester.

The Gunners led for much of the contest, but were pegged back late via Foxes talisman Jamie Vardy. Read 16 Conclusions here.

Arteta was full of praise for his charges, but let rip following the match at VAR’s inaction over a first-half incident that saw Jamie Vardy catch Shkodran Mustafi in the face with his heel.

“I am extremely proud of our team, the way we played against this kind of opposition,” said Arteta.

“We should have been three or four-nil up. With the red card you have to know he is a young kid. Leicester should play with 10 men after 42 minutes. For a challenge between the 40th and 45th minute.”


Regarding the decision to upgrade Nketiah’s initial yellow card to a red following the referee’s review on the pitchside monitor, Arteta fumed: “I don’t understand the rules.

“I never see a referee check any of the images. But I can do nothing now, it is the rules.

“We lost two points, we lost Eddie and we will see now for how many games. But we go to Spurs now and try to win three points.”

On his side’s performance, Arteta was full of praise: “They played tremendously well.

“The recovery time is difficult but you can see the effort the players are putting in. I am extremely proud of the players. We have to learn as well.

“When you have this kind of opposition and you are on top you have to kill them when you can.”

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The red card was undoubtedly the turning point in the game, and Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez believed the decision was harsh.

“100% [we should have won],” said the stopper. “Before Eddie Nketiah got sent off we played an outstanding game and should have scored two or there goals. We defended well and have to be happy with a draw, we wanted to win.

“I know Eddie, he is not an aggressive player. He slipped and did not want to injure him and the red card is harsh. We know Eddie and we know he is a nice guy,

“Somtimes you score, sometimes you do’t. Before the red card we looked solid and I did not have to make a save in the second half.

“I know I am going to concede goals but hopefully I can keep more clean sheets for this club. That is one thing we have to work on and disappointed to concede at the end.”