Arteta angry with Nketiah and Vardy decisions

Arsenal drop points in 1-1 draw with Leicester following Nketiah’s red card

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was left frustrated that the Gunners did not kill the game off against Leicester and that Jamie Vardy was not sent off in the first half after a clash with Shkodran Mustafi

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was left frustrated that the Gunners did not kill the game off against Leicester and that Jamie Vardy was not sent off in the first half after a clash with Shkodran Mustafi

Mikel Arteta has angrily argued against Eddie Nketiah’s dismissal against Leicester – and insisted that if Nketiah’s red card was warranted then Jamie Vardy, who scored a late equaliser for the 1-1 draw, should have been sent off in the first half.

After a lengthy VAR review, which included referee Chris Kavanagh looking at the incident on a pitchside monitor, Gunners forward Nketiah was dismissed in the 75th minute just four minutes after being introduced as a substitute.

Arsenal had dominated before the interval, missing a hatful of chances either side of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener, but lost control of the game after Nketiah’s expulsion and were pegged back by a late Vardy leveller for the Foxes.

“I am extremely proud of the team – the way we played, against this type of opposition, and how dominant we were,” Arsenal boss Arteta told Sky Sports.

“In the first half we should have gone three- or four-nil up and killed the game.

“With the red card decision, he doesn’t see the player and you have to know that he is a young kid.

“But if that is a red card then Leicester have to play with 10 men after 42 minutes. That has to be a red card as well.”

He later said in his post-match press conference: “If we review incidents of that type, we review them all. It has to be something equal for everybody because it changes the game completely. If Eddie is a red card, then for sure the other one is a red card.”

Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah leaves the pitch after being sent off against Leicester Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah leaves the pitch after being sent off against Leicester

Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah leaves the pitch after being sent off against Leicester

Arteta was referring to a clash between Vardy and Shkodran Mustafi in which the Leicester striker struck the Arsenal defender with a flailing boot just above the eye.

“I can see what Mikel Arteta is saying because it looks really dangerous and he caught him in the face with his studs,” said Sky Sports’ Jamie Redknapp as he reviewed the clash.

“It looks really nasty.”

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal’s draw with Leicester in the Premier League

FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal’s draw with Leicester in the Premier League

Arteta rues missed chances – and missed chance for CL push

The draw with Leicester is a heavy blow to Arsenal’s already-slim hopes of breaking into the Champions League qualification spots.

The Gunners had impressed before the interval, creating a glut of chances, but were ultimately made to pay for their profligacy.

“We lost two points which we completed deserved,” rued Arteta.

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“We need to learn. Against this type of opposition, when you have them you have to kill them.”

Arsenal’s next assignment is the north London derby at Tottenham on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

Despite the draw, Leicester have fallen to fourth behind Chelsea in the Premier League with Manchester United, live on Sky Sports on Thursday when they travel to Aston Villa, four points behind.

Rodgers: Nketiah red card clear

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Brendan Rodgers hailed his Leicester team for their performance against Arsenal and how important Jamie Vardy’s equaliser could be in relation to their race for the top four

Brendan Rodgers hailed his Leicester team for their performance against Arsenal and how important Jamie Vardy’s equaliser could be in relation to their race for the top four

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers was open with his opinion when giving his own assessment of Nketiah’s sending off, but admits he has not properly seen the Vardy incident that irked Arteta.

He said: “It was a clear red card. I don’t think Eddie meant to make the challenge that he did, he’s obviously stretching for it but you can clearly see that the ball has bounced up, he’s stretching his leg. I’m just thankful that JJ (James Justin) wasn’t injured.

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“I haven’t seen it to be honest [Vardy on Mustafi]. Mikel will have his feelings on it but I think with Nketiah’s, it wasn’t intentional but it was definitely dangerous on the stretch to go in studs up and you see the contact right on the knee. I felt the referee made a good decision on that.”

Leicester had their own lengthy VAR check to suffer through as Vardy’s equaliser was questioned for offside in the build-up, but Rodgers is thankful for what could be an important point.

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Jamie Vardy praised his Leicester team-mates for their 1-1 draw against Arsenal and feels that the Foxes deserved at least a point as they continue to battle for a place in the Premier League top four

Jamie Vardy praised his Leicester team-mates for their 1-1 draw against Arsenal and feels that the Foxes deserved at least a point as they continue to battle for a place in the Premier League top four

He added: “When the VAR is there, it always gives you that doubt when they have a look but I thought we worked it really well, it was a great ball by Demarai (Gray) and Jamie does what he does best.

“I think a point is huge for us. Arsenal have been on a really good run, playing with big confidence but we’ve been able to come here after a tough game at the weekend, play well. We can’t win the game but we don’t lose it which is really good for the spirit and we’ll now get ready and go into the game at the weekend.

“It gives us great confidence again to continue with this mindset and stay focused on the next game.”

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