Arsenal fail in appeal over Eddie Nketiah red card with striker now banned for three games starting vs Tottenham


ARSENAL striker Eddie Nketiah will miss Sunday’s North London derby after the Gunners’ appeal against his red card vs Leicester was dismissed.

Mikel Arteta’s side tried to fight the three-match suspension, believing that the 21-year-old’s dismissal against the Foxes was unfair.

But they have failed in their appeal, with the forward’s ban being upheld.

This means that he will miss upcoming matches against bitter rivals Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Nketiah had only been on the field for four minutes when he was given his marching orders, having not even touched the ball.

Amid initial confusion, the England youth international was eventually dismissed for his high challenge on James Justin following a lengthy VAR consultation.

Arteta was left furious after the match, lamenting the decision to send his man off while Jamie Vardy escaped punishment for catching Shkodran Mustafi in the face with his boot on the stroke of half-time during the 1-1 draw.

And the Spaniard’s sour mood can’t have been helped when it was Vardy who equalised for Brendan Rodgers’ side with just six minutes left on the clock.

If Eddie is a red card for sure the other is a red card.

Arteta, 38, said after the match: “The red card, he [Eddie] cannot see the player and didn’t want to hurt anybody. You have to understand he is a young kid.

“It can be a red card but Leicester have to play for ten men after 42 minutes. For one challenge between the 40 and 45 minutes.

“If we review incidents of that type we review them all. It has to be something equal for everybody because it changes the game for everybody.

“If Eddie is a red card for sure the other is a red card.”

Having made 11 Premier League appearances since returning from his loan spell at Leeds United in January, Nketiah will only have two more opportunities to showcase his talents this season by the time his ban is up.

And he’ll be hoping that his team-mates can help his side climb up the table in the meantime and clinch a place in Europe for next season.

The Gunners currently sit eighth in the Premier League, two points behind sixth-placed Wolves.


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