Looking back at the weekend’s action in the Premier League, former referee Dermot Gallagher has claimed Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah got lucky not to be sent off in the North London derby after a reckless challenge on Tottenham’s Guglielmo Vicario.
A highly entertaining North London derby was played out at the Emirates Stadium yesterday afternoon, with both sides taking a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw.
A contentious penalty was then awarded to Arsenal in the second half, to be converted by Bukayo Saka, but Son pulled Spurs level a little over a minute later.
Plenty of goalmouth action was to be had in the feisty affair, and there were plenty of bookings handed out, too.
Spurs had yellow cards brandished at Romero, Destiny Udogie, Pape Matar Sarr, and Yves Bissouma, while the Gunners picked up cautions for Martin Odegaard, Kai Havertz, and Eddie Nketiah.
Nketiah could have seen red against Tottenham
Nketiah lunged into a challenge on Spurs goalkeeper, Guglielmo Vicario and, if he had mistimed it any more than he already did, could have seriously hurt the Italian stopper. Speaking to Sky Sports (via Football Daily) on the matter, Dermot Gallagher had this to say.
“Why would you make a challenge like that? I don’t think he can win the ball, that’s the thing. If he got a red card there, I don’t think he can argue. He’s been really, really lucky. He doesn’t have to make that challenge, and luckily he hasn’t caught [Vicario] full-on.
“If you see, he actually just misses his leg. If he had took his leg, [Nketiah would] be in big, big trouble, as would the goalkeeper… it was referred to VAR and they decided the referee made the right call.”
🗣️ “If he got a red card there, I don’t think he can argue. He’s been really, really lucky.”
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher says Eddie Nketiah could have well been sent off against Tottenham. 🟥 pic.twitter.com/J4veQYrFPI
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 25, 2023
Spurs Web Opinion
I cannot believe this was only a yellow card. It shouldn’t matter whether his intention was to win the ball or whether he made contact with Vicario enough to hurt him, the fact is Nketiah has dived into a big challenge and has no control. As a result he has seriously endangered another player and has to be shown a red.
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