Arteta claims Leicester striker also deserved red card for first-half tackle
Mikel Arteta said he did not understand the way Var was being used after Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah was sent off for a dangerous challenge and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy stayed on despite kicking a player in the face.
Nketiah had only just come on as a substitute, with Arsenal leading 1-0 thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first-half goal, when he stretched for the ball and caught James Justin on the knee. Referee Chris Kavanagh chose to watch the incident again on the pitch-side monitor and showed a red card, after initially booking the player.
By the letter of the law, the challenge endangered an opponent, even if not deliberately, yet Vardy was not punished after his boot caught the face of Shkodran Mustafi in the first half, but Kavanagh was not asked to review the incident.
“I’m extremely proud of our team and the way we played, how dominant we were,” said Arteta. “We should have scored three or four and when you have an opponent like this, you have to kill the game. With the red card, it can be a red card, but [if it is] then Leicester should be playing with 10 men after 40 minutes [for the Vardy foul].”
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers felt it was a merited red card and felt his side fully deserved to equalise and could have gone on to win the game.
“Even 11 versus 11, I thought we were the better team [in the second half ],” said Rodgers. “We remained patient, got a deserved goal and if we had made the final pass a little cleaner we could have won the game. But it could be a very important point for us.”
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