Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah was sent off yesterday in the match between Arsenal and Leicester City after coming on to replace the France international Alexander Lacazert in the second half. He described the incident as “purely an accident” but also insisted it was a deserved red card.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has asserted Eddie Nketiah’s sending off against Leicester City was “purely an accident” but also insisted it was a deserved red card.
The 21-year-old committed a rough foul on James Justin and after consulting with the VAR, referee Chris Cavanagh dished out a straight red card for Nketiah.
Born to Ghanaian parent but England international had 11 appearances in the English Premier League for the North London club this season and score 2 goals.
But speaking to the media after the game, former Arsenal Legend believed it was not the player’s intention to go hard on the opponent player.
“That’s just purely an accident that. You can see Jamie Vardy has just slipped,” Wright was quoted saying in the Metro.
“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.
Eddie Nketiah did not have a single touch of the ball during his time on the pitch. https://t.co/mUsarIzZQf— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 7, 2020
“The fact is you look back at that game and you can say chances have been missed. Arsenal has 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.
“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 in the second half, they controlled it a lot better and the pressure was going to tell in the end.”
The Gunners took the lead in the 21st minute via Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but Leicester equalized six minutes from time thanks to Jamie Vardy.