Wright disagrees with Arsenal boss Arteta over red card decisions

Date published: Wednesday 8th July 2020 8:57

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Ian Wright has disagreed with Mikel Arteta that Jamie Vardy should’ve been sent off too with Eddie Nketiah seeing red as Arsenal drew 1-1 at home to Leicester City.

The Gunners looked on course for a fourth straight Premier League win after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring and the home side then created a string of chances to kill off the game.

Instead they had to settle for a 1-1 draw as Vardy scored with six minutes remaining, soon after Arsenal had been reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of Nketiah.

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The Arsenal forward had only been on the pitch for a matter of four minutes when referee Chris Kavanagh showed him a red after reviewing a foul on James Justin using his pitchside monitor.

Arteta was unhappy that Vardy was even on the pitch to earn a share of the spoils after he caught Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi with a stray boot late in the first period.

“With the red card decision, he doesn’t see the player, he has to know he’s a young kid,” said Arteta. “It can be a red card but then Leicester has to play with 10 men after 42 minutes.”

However, Wright thinks the referee got the decisions correct, while he thinks Arsenal need to be more ruthless in the final third.


When asked about a possible sending off for Vardy, Wright said: “That’s just purely accident that. You can see Jamie Vardy has just slipped. He’s not trying to hit him in the face. That’s accidental.

“He [Arteta] can say whatever he likes about the sending off [for Nketiah] – it was a sending off- no matter what he says about his age and stuff.

“The fact is you look back at that game and you can say chances have been missed. Arsenal have to be more ruthless in that department. The creativity in the past has not been great and that’s why we’ve been so dependent on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“But tonight the way they played they deserved another couple of goals. That would have taken the sting out of Leicester. Arsenal may have been able to control the game a bit more and catch them again a couple of times but the longer it went on with a team like Leicester they’re going to think ‘We’re still in this’ and they did.

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


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