Arteta needs explanation for Martinelli’s red

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Mikel Arteta seek anwsers from e Premier League’s official referee body after Gabriel Martinelli was shown a red card against Wolves.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he needs an explanation for Gabriel Martinelli’s red card against Wolves in the League.

The 10 men Gunners were able to hold on to their 1-0 lead till the end of the game against a tough side in the Premier League.

Martinelli was sent off for two bookable offences in the same passage of play – shoving Daniel Podence as he took a throw-in and then barging over Chiquinho after Michael Oliver had played the advantage.

The Gunners have had a long-running issue with red cards under Arteta but with this their fourth in six games, the Arsenal boss suggested he will raise the issue with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited group, which runs refereeing for the Premier League.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Arteta said: “I’m not happy with the decisions we have had this season, but that is a discussion that I will have with the officials.

“I need an explanation with what happened today. Those discussions will happen soon.”

Although Arteta was bemused by Oliver’s decision, he also made it clear his players need to avoid getting themselves into similar situations.

Asked how he planned to stop his players from being sent off, the Arsenal manager told BT Sport: “I have run out of ideas.

“To win four matches like that [after a red card] is extremely difficult. We know that and one of the main things we have to stop is that.


Source: Skysports



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