PHOTO: Arsenal star lucky not to be sent off for this challenge, says ex-Gunner

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Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright said Danny Welbeck was lucky to stay on the pitch against Chelsea.

Arsenal's second all-time leading goalscorer Ian Wright says Danny Welbeck was lucky to escape a red card for his wild tackle on Cesc Fabregas.

The England international hacked down the Chelsea midfielder in the dying stages of Arsenal's 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, picking up a yellow card.

Wright told BBC 5 Live: "Danny Welbeck was fortunate he was not sent off.

"Perhaps because Cahill got a yellow card for a similar challenge in the first half the ref showed leniency."

A red card for the striker would have been frustrating, as he could have landed a three match ban, and missed games against Hull, Burnley and Sunderland.

They are matches in which Arsenal will be targeting maximum points, and Welbeck may well fancy his chances of increasing his goal tally for the club.

It may have given some Arsenal fans satisfaction to see Fabregas hacked down in such circumstances, but the club were very close to having to depend on Yaya Sanogo for those upcoming matches.

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