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Cesc Fabregas and Gary Lineker believe Eddie Nketiah red card for Arsenal v Leicester was unfair

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Cesc Fabregas and Gary Lineker believe Eddie Nketiah red card for Arsenal v Leicester was unfair

Arsenal’s striker was sent off after a VAR review.

Eddie Nketiah picked up the first red card of his career as Arsenal face Leicester City on Tuesday evening and it has certainly caused some debate online. 

In real-time, it looked like a simple collision between the Arsenal striker and Foxes full-back James Justin. 

However, in the replay, it appeared a clear red card and after the use of VAR, Nketiah was given his marching orders. 

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Whilst there were plenty of people online who felt it was a clear and obvious red card, including former Arsenal striker John Hartson, others were far less convinced. 

Nketiah had some high-profile backers, including BT Sport and BBC Sport pundits Chris Sutton and Gary Lineker, who felt Nketiah showed genuine intent to get the ball and was unfortunate to be sent packing. 

 

Another man who had his back was former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas. The Spanish midfield maestro took to Twitter to suggest that VAR made the challenge look worse than it actually was and believes the Arsenal youngster was ‘unlucky’ to have been penalised so harshly by referee Chris Kavanagh. 

There’s no doubt that the tackle looked worse on the replay but on VAR there is clearly no doubt that the challenge warranted a red card. 

Nketiah is known as a good lad and there is no doubt it was accidental, however, that does not excuse a player from a red card. 

It also proved costly, as Leicester went on to grab an equaliser from Jamie Vardy to claim a 1-1 draw at The Emirates.

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