Arsenal picked up just a point against Leicester as they struggled to hold onto their 1-0 lead after Eddie Nketiah was sent off, but why did Jamie Vardy get away with kicking Mustafi in the head?
Nketiah’s challenge was not good. I have no complaints with the red card that was shown, even if it did take the VAR operator on the night had extraordinary length of time to reach what really wasn’t a difficult decision and then send it to the referee for review anyway.
All season I’ve complained about similar, and worse, tackles against us going unpunished.
I’ve highlighted how Arsenal pick up yellows for fewer fouls than other sides (on average Arsenal need just three, their opponents round 9).
On Tuesday night, Leicester committed 14 fouls but didn’t receive a single yellow.
Not even when Jamie Vardy kicked Shkodran Mustafi in the head after having a look to see where his head was to ensure he made contact.
Vardy checks where Mustafi is and swings his leg – this is criminal pic.twitter.com/mYrw5i1s3F
— Link Up Arsenal (@LinkUpArsenal) July 7, 2020
This didn’t go to VAR and, when asked about Nketiah after the game, Mikel Arteta brought it up.
“What I’m saying is that if we review incidents of that type, it will be the norm,” Arteta said. “It has to be something equal for everyone because it changes the game completely and if Eddie’s is a red card, then for sure the other one is a red card.”
He’s right. And that’s the problem – it’s just not equal or consistent.
Arsenal now have five red cards for the season, more than any other side. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least five reds against us that weren’t given, and I haven’t even had my coffee yet.
I’m not asking for special treatment. Just equal.
Is that really too much?