Nketiah sent off just four minutes after coming on – but Arsenal star way behind Gerrard’s record for fastest red card


EDDIE NKETIAH’S substitute appearance lasted just four minutes on Tuesday night after he was shown a straight red card in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Leicester.

The young Gunners forward will deem himself unlucky after being shown his marching orders for a late challenge on James Justin.


Nketiah had initially received a yellow card until a lengthy VAR review influenced Chris Kavanagh’s decision to change his mind.

It proved costly, with ten-men Arsenal failing to hold on to their narrow lead as Jamie Vardy bagged a late equaliser.

Nketiah didn’t even touch the ball in between coming on and heading back down the tunnel.

But his four minutes of action is still a far cry from the fastest red card received by a substitute dating back to the 2006/07 campaign.

That crown goes to Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard who lasted a staggering 38 seconds during a hotly-contested clash with Manchester United in 2015.

The Reds captain was introduced at half-time in the 2-1 defeat but instantly received his marching orders for stamping on Ander Herrera.

It was also his final game against the Red Devils before heading to LA Galaxy.

Reading’s Dave Kitson is second on the list, having also lost his head inside 47 seconds against United.


The striker launched himself into a dangerous tackle on Patrice Evra after being introduced in a 0-0 draw 13 years ago.

Nketiah’s four minutes is eighth in the list with the most recent coming in a game between Bournemouth and Tottenham last season.

Young defender Juan Foyth lasted just two minutes and 13 seconds when he received a straight red for tackling the Cherries’ Jack Simpson.


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