Arsenal idol fumes as 'crazy' Gabriel Martinelli controversy analysed

By Kevin Campbell

10th May, 2022 | 2:12pm

Arsenal idol fumes as 'crazy' Gabriel Martinelli controversy analysed

Kevin Campbell has applauded VAR after Leeds United defender Luke Ayling was sent off at Arsenal on Sunday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker said Gabriel Martinelli “could have been snapped in two” by the “dangerous” tackle from Ayling, 30.

Ayling was initially shown a yellow card by referee Chris Kavanagh for his first-half challenge on Martinelli.

However, on the advice of VAR official John Brooks the referee consulted the pitch-side monitor and changed his decision to a red.

The Whites played the subsequent 63 minutes with 10 men and were eventual 2-1 losers at the Emirates.

Ayling will not play for Leeds United again this season as he serves a three-match suspension.

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When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of the incident, Campbell said: “It was a dangerous challenge.

“It was two-footed and he missed the ball. Luckily Martinelli jumped because if his feet were planted it would have snapped him in two. It was a crazy challenge.

“The referee didn’t see it fully because he only gave a yellow card. I have have been critical of VAR but they got it right on the day. It was a sending off.

“It was a dangerous challenge. We don’t want to see that in the game.”

Mikel Arteta’s side opened up a four-point advantage over Spurs with Sunday’s win.

The north London rivals meet on Thursday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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