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Gabriel Martinelli was unlucky to be sent off at Wolves and ref Michael Oliver should’ve shown common sense


GABRIEL MARTINELLI’S quick-fire red card at Wolves was harsh.

The Arsenal forward was initially yellow carded for pushing Daniel Podence as he was taking a throw-in.

Arsenal winger Martinelli bundles over Chiquinho and was shown a red

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Arsenal winger Martinelli bundles over Chiquinho and was shown a redCredit: Getty
Martinelli was given two yellows and a red card by Michael Oliver

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Martinelli was given two yellows and a red card by Michael OliverCredit: Getty

Then five seconds later Martinelli fouled Wolves winger Chiquinho.

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Referee Michael Oliver was correct in law to issue two cautions at the same time for two fouls but I believe he should have used common sense.

If Oliver wanted to caution Martinelli for the first offence he should have stopped the game there and then.

It’s very rare to see an incident like this but Oliver went looking for trouble and found it.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: “I’ve never seen anything like it.

“I have never seen that in my career. The rules can say it’s possible, but you [the ref] have to be very willing to do it.

“We put ourselves in trouble with the red card and we had to dig in.

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“We have to play with 11 players for the last 16 games, to win games in the Premier League is hard enough, to win them with 10 is very unlikely.”

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