29 Apr Leicester 3 Arsenal 0: Unai Emery bemoans Ainsley Maitland-Niles red card as Gunners endure more woe on the street
The Gunners defender was ignored after collecting two yellow cards in a 3-0 defeat away at Leicester City, much to the frustration of his supervisor
Unai Emery has contested Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ red card at Arsenal’s resounding 3-0 Premier League defeat to Leicester City on Sunday.
The 21-year old was ignored afterwards 36 minutes to get a second yellow card and the Foxes never looked back, forging forward through Youri Tielemans at the 59th moment before Jamie Vardy secured an emphatic win with two late objectives.
The defeat leaves Arsenal in fifth and they are four points adrift of their Champions League qualification places if Chelsea defeat Manchester United afterwards on Sunday.
Regardless of Leicester’s dominance before Maitland-Niles’ dismissal, Emery insists that he was pleased with his side were doing and believes they might have won had numerical parity remained.
“We worked, we ready our game strategy and [when it was] 11 v 11 the game had been going like we ready,” he informed BBC Sport.
“For me personally the yellow card shouldn’t be one. It’s changed our game program a good deal. 1 participant less is tough.
“Now the rationale [for losing] is that the red card. We’ll continue, we won’t examine the dining table. The Europa League is a major motivation for us.”
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Leicester, meanwhile, are still in the search for a seventh-place finish along with a possible Europa League place, and boss Brendan Rodgers was delighted with his side’s notable screen.
“Primarily our defence was fine and aggressive and we pushed the game quite well,” he told Sky Sports.
“As it had been 11 v 11 I believed we were the greater team. I am really happy we have our reward for our hard work.”