Arteta claims Le­ices­ter striker also de­served red card for first-half tackle

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Premier League - By Luke Ed­wards

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.”

Late show: Jamie Vardy scores in the 84th minute to earn a point for Le­ices­ter

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