After just about beating Newcastle 1-0 at St. James’ Park, Arsene Wenger had his say on whether the red card against the home team was warranted.
When Moussa Sissoko got booked just three minutes into the first half for a stamp on Nacho Monreal, we knew exactly how this match was going to go.
Sure enough in the 16th minute, Aleksandar Mitrovic scraped his studs down Francis Coquelin’s shin and was promptly sent off by referee, Andre Marriner.
There seems to be little debate over whether it was a red and Wenger agrees that the card should have been awarded, saying, “Honestly during the game I didn’t see. Just seeing the game on television, unfortunately it was a red card. He didn’t play the ball at all.”
Newcastle continued to receive five more yellow cards and it’s a surprise another player wasn’t sent off.
The trend of teams automatically going for the jugular when they play us is getting a little concerning. We’ve already had enough traumatic injuries within our team to last us a life time and if inexperienced players go flying in for dangerous tackles, or just plain stamping on us, it’s likely to happen again.