It is being reported that Arsenal have lodged an appeal over Eddie Nketiah’s red card in the 1-1 draw against Leicester last night.
The 20 year old was shown his marching orders just minutes after replacing Alexandre Lacazette. He was first issued a yellow card for a foul on James Justin, but after a VAR check and the referee consulting his pitch-side monitor, was shown a straight red which carries with it an automatic three match ban as it was deemed ‘serious foul play’.
It was a decision which clearly irked Mikel Arteta, who insisted that if that challenge was worthy of a red card, then so too was the one by Jamie Vardy on Shkodran Mustafi at the end of the first half.
The Arsenal boss was also a bit bemused at the process, saying, “I don’t understand the rules, since I’ve been in this country, I’ve never seen a referee check any of the images.
“With the red card decision, he doesn’t see the player, you have to know that he’s a young kid.
“It can be a red card, but then Leicester has to play with 10 men after 42 minutes; for one challenge [Vardy’s on Mustafi] that is between 40 and 45 minutes. That has to be a red card as well.”
This was the fourth red card in 22 games since taking over, and he admits it’s something of a concern.
“It’s the fourth time since I’ve been here that we’ve had to play with ten men,” he said.
“It’s not possible for that long period to play like this against this opposition, you’re going to suffer.”
If the ban is not overturned or reduced, Nketiah will miss Sunday’s North London derby, the visit of Liverpool, and the FA Cup semi-final against Man City.
It feels like the chances of a reprise are slim, but we might as well give it a shot.