Ex-City and Arsenal man: Gunners ace was 'stupid' and 'let his team down'

Niall Quinn did not hold back in his view of Mathieu Flamini's red card.

In light of the injury to Aaron Ramsey, Mathieu Flamini's injury and impending three game ban could not have come at a worse time.

His red card in the 2-2 draw with Southampton came in the 80th minute, and while it did not cost the Gunners a loss, perhaps it could have stopped them pushing onto score a winner.

Former striker Niall Quinn was of that view, as he criticised the Frenchman during his punditry slot on SkySports Football First.

Quinn, who established himself at Manchester City during the 90s after starting out with Arsenal, said:

"(It's) more than frustration. It's stupidity.

"Once you come off the ground your feet like that, I don't know where he's been that he doesn't understand, that is a red card.

"Its the way the rules are now. Just leave one foot on the ground and go and make an ordinary tackle."

"The referee has no choice. His manager was trying to be kind to him after the game, the reality is he's let his side down a little bit.

"There's still time, to bring on subs and try and do things, to try and get the game back in your favour and that killed off their chances."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was of a very different view, stating to Arsenal.com:

"To me it looked harsh. He got the ball. At the some stage you have all the feet off the ground, when you want to run you need to put your feet off the ground.

"If you say that every time a guy who makes two-footed tackle it is a red card, he deserves a red card. If you say was it a violent tackle, I would say no because he played the ball. I don't know, the referee made this decision and we have to cope with it."

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