Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta claims Jamie Vardy should have been sent off before Eddie Nketiah red card

first_imgThe Spaniard felt Leicester’s frontman should have seen red himself (Pictures: Sky Sports)Mikel Arteta has taken aim at Jamie Vardy over his challenge on Shkodran Mustafi during Arsenal’s draw with Leicester City on Tuesday night and believes the forward should have seen red.The Gunners took an early lead at the Emirates after Bukayo Saka put the ball on a plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, though the match ultimately hinged on a moment in the second half when an intervention from VAR saw Eddie Nketiah sent off for a late challenge.Arsenal’s 10-man rear guard could not hold on, conceding to Vardy late on – though Arteta feels the Leicester frontman should not even have been on the pitch and questioned the refereeing. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jul 2020 11:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Comment Vardy caught Mustafi’s face with his studs at the very end of the first half (Picture: DAZN)Reacting to Arteta’s comments, Jamie Redknapp said: ‘This is one where only Jamie Vardy can tell us if he meant to do him or not, because he slips and then they go in for a challenge and his right foot goes into [Mustafi’s] eye and it looks really nasty.‘I’d like to think he wouldn’t mean that, but I can see what Mikel Arteta is saying because it looks really dangerous and he’s caught him in his face with his studs.’On the VAR decision to send Nketiah off, Arteta added: ‘I don’t understand the rules. Since I’ve been in this country, in the last year I’ve never seen a referee check any of the images. It’s the rules, I can do nothing now.’MORE: Cesc Fabregas leaps to Eddie Nketiah’s defence after red card against LeicesterMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang delighted for Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli after Arsenal tie down young duoFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Vardy netted at the death to dent Arsenal’s slim Champions League hopes (Picture: Getty)Asked for his thoughts on the game and the red card, Arteta told Sky Sports: ‘Well I’m extremely proud of our team, the way we played, against this type of opposition, how dominant we were.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The first half that we made, clearly we should have gone three or four nil up and killed the game – and that’s what you have to do against this type of opposition.‘With the red card decision, he doesn’t see the player, he has to know he’s a young kid. It can be a red card.‘But then Leicester has to play with 10 men after 42 minutes.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAsked which challenge he was referring to, he continued: ‘For one challenge which is between the 40 and the 45 minutes – that has to be a red card as well.’Probed again on which challenge he meant, Arteta said: ‘One challenge which is between the 40 and the 45 minutes.’The challenge he was referring to happened just before the half-time break when Vardy and Mustafi came together, with the Leicester forward’s boot hitting the defender in the face on the deck, and Arteta clearly thought there was more malice in the challenge.center_img Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta claims Jamie Vardy should have been sent off before Eddie Nketiah red card Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Johnson hails “remarkable” season

first_img Premier League communications director Dan Johnson said: “It has been a truly remarkable season in terms of competitiveness with so many clubs so consistently involved at both ends of the season – there is the potential for nine matches to have something on them on the final day. “The clubs keep investing in developing and attracting talented players and the crowds and viewing figures show that fans like what they see. “We always say we want everything to go to the last day of the season, and that might just happen.” Ahead of the penultimate weekend, there are only three points between the three challengers, the smallest margin between first and third place at this stage of the season since 1980/81 when three points for a win was first introduced. The lead at the top of the league table has already changed hands 22 times this season, a record number of changes, and it could do so again on the final day. By comparison, the lead only changed hands four times last season when Manchester United strolled to the title. Should Manchester City pip their two rivals to the title, they will have timed their charge perfectly – they have only spent a handful of days as league leaders during the entire season. Arsenal, who are likely to finish in fourth place, are the club who have spent longest time as league leaders throughout the campaign only to have fallen away in February after several months as pace-setters. The competitiveness of the league has also been illustrated by the fact that no club had absolutely guaranteed Champions League qualification until they had played 35 out of 38 games – the latest these spots have been up for grabs. By contrast, in 2003/04 and 2004/05, Chelsea qualified for the Champions League with nine games to spare. It is possible that Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City could all end up on the same points at the end of the season with the title being decided on goal difference – as it was in City’s favour two years ago when they an injury-time winner against QPR sealed the title. It is incredibly tight at the bottom of the table too – depending on results this weekend, the final day could see all clubs in the bottom three still in with a chance of survival. The final day of the season could yet see nine of the 10 matches being decisive either in terms of the title race, European qualification, or relegation. Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea could all be crowned champions on the final day after a campaign that has been the closest since the launch of the Premier League in 1992/93. A “truly remarkable” Premier League season is building towards a nerve-jangling climax with all the statistics pointing to it being the most thrilling campaign in its history. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more