Ian Wright disagrees with Mikel Arteta over Jamie Vardy and Eddie Nketiah red card claims

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Mikel Arteta was furious that Mikel Arteta was not sent off (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal legend Ian Wright dismissed Mikel Arteta’s claim that Jamie Vardy should have been sent off in the Gunners’ draw against Leicester and instead put the Spaniard’s complaints down to his anger over his side’s inability to finish the game off.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave his side the lead in the first half and Arsenal had a number of opportunities to add to their advantage before Eddie Nketiah was sent off with 15 minutes to go.

Nketiah had just entered the fray from the substitutes’ bench but his dismissal changed the tide of the game and Vardy scored with six minutes left on the clock to ensure the Foxes left the Emirates with a point.

Arteta was furious that his side gave away all three points and he hit out at the fact that Vardy stayed on the pitch in the first half while Nketiah was given his marching orders.

Vardy caught Musafi with a stray boot (Picture: DAZN)

The England striker caught Shkodran Mustafi in the face with a stray boot and Arteta says Vardy should have seen red before Nketiah did.

‘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.’

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Nketiah was sent off with 15 minutes remaining (Picture: Reuters)

Arteta’s anger was palpable as three points would have kept their slim hopes of finishing in the top four alive.

But, while Wright sympathises with Arteta’s anger, he disagrees that Vardy should have been sent off and says Arsenal only have themselves to blame for the draw.

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.

Wright believes Nketiah deserved to be sent off (Picture: DAZN)

‘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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