Mikel Arteta believes Jamie Vardy should have been sent off during the first half of his side’s 1-1 draw with Leicester on Tuesday night.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the Gunners ahead after 21 minutes and they looked in control at the Emirates as they twice went close to extending their lead through Alexandre Lacazette, but Kasper Schmeichel was equal to the task.
However, the turning point came shortly after Eddie Nketiah replaced Lacazette in the 71st minute, as the Arsenal youngster went in late on James Justin.
Nketiah was initially shown a yellow card before VAR intervened, with referee Chris Kavanagh using the pitchside monitor to review the decision and award a red card instead.
Leicester piled on the pressure with their numerical advantage and it eventually told as Vardy took his Premier League tally to 22 for the season and earned a point for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
But Arsenal boss Arteta was unhappy that a collision between Shkodran Mustafi and Vardy, where the striker’s boot struck the Arsenal defender in the face, albeit accidentally, did not warrant the same punishment.
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”With the red card decision, he doesn’t see the player and you have to know that he is a young kid,” he said.
“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.
“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.”
The Gunners’ Champions League hopes are all but over as a result of the draw, with Leicester nine points clear of Arteta’s men in fourth.