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We should have won - Emiliano Martinez

We should have won  - Emiliano Martinez

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez believes his side should have won the game against Leicester City last night.

Arsenal was playing brilliantly but was unlucky when substitute Nketiah got a red card 4 minutes after coming on from a reckless challenge on James Justin.

The referee consulted the VAR and a sent off was the call. Arsenal was down to 10 men with just 15 minutes left to play. Leicester, however, was able to grab an equalizer through Jamie Vardy and that was how the game ended.

Speaking with BBC Sport after the game, Martinez claims the red was what changed the game.

'100% [we should have won],' he told

'Before Eddie Nketiah got sent off we played an outstanding game and should have scored two or three goals. We defended well and we’ll have to be happy with a draw, we wanted to win.'

'I know Eddie, he is not an aggressive player. He slipped and did not want to injure him and the red card is harsh. We know Eddie and we know he is a nice guy.'

'Sometimes you score, sometimes you don't. Before the red card we looked solid and I did not have to make a save in the second half.'

'I know I am going to concede goals but hopefully I can keep more clean sheets for this club. That is one thing we have to work on and disappointed to concede at the end.'

Mikel Arteta also thinks the red was a harsh one and that VAR rules are sometimes confusing and he doesn't understands them.

'I don't understand the rules. I never see a referee check any of the images. But I can do nothing now, it is the rules,' he told Sky Sports.

'We lost two points, we lost Eddie and we will see now for how many games. But we go to Spurs now and try to win three points.'

'I am extremely proud of our team, the way we played against this kind of opposition. We should have been three or four-nil up. With the red card you have to know he is a young kid. Leicester should play with 10 men after 42 minutes. For a challenge between the 40th and 45th minute. '

'They played tremendously well. The recovery time is difficult but you can see the effort the players are putting in. I am extremely proud of the players. We have to learn as well. When you have this kind of opposition and you are on top you have to kill them when you can.'


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