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Arsenal vs Liverpool: Martinelli should’ve received red card – Ex-Premier League referee


Former Premier League referee, Keith Hackett, has insisted that Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli should have received a red card for his foul on Liverpool defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold on Sunday.

Arsenal defeated Liverpool 3-2 at Emirates Stadium over the weekend to top the league with a point ahead of second position Manchester City.

Martinelli began scoring in the opening stages of the match before Darwin Nunez restored parity near the half-hour mark.

Bukayo Saka later scored a brace as Roberto Firmino’s equalizer was not enough to ensure Mikel Arteta’s side defeated the Reds.

But a major talking point emerged in the 22nd minute of the match when Martinelli appeared to stamp on Alexander-Arnold’s ankle as he followed through after sending in a cross from the left flank.

As a result of the tackle, the England right-back was substituted at half-time.

Speaking to Football Insider, Hackett analyzed the incident, comparing it to Emerson Royal’s tackle on Martinelli last week.

“The game has to clearly see that this is a red card offence. On the left, that’s a raking challenge where there was no attempt to play the ball. These are the challenges that we have spoken about and should be red cards,” Hackett said.

“On the left, he got a red card last week, and on the right, there was no red card. The point is these are both red card challenges. There’s no point raising the bar in refereeing. What you still have is a duty of care towards the players to ensure they can continue in the game.”

He added, “We are seeing too many of these. We’re seeing Trent Alexander-Arnold trying to get to the World Cup, not having the best performance on the day, and he’s put out of the game by a challenge that should have been a red.”

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