Wenger on Coquelin's red card, suggests Tottenham's Eric Dier should've been sent off

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger gave his reaction after the 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur today.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told the club's official website that he can't complain about Francis Coquelin's red card against Tottenham - but feels Spurs midfielder Eric Dier should've been sent off too.

The Gunners played out a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane, as Aaron Ramsey superbly flicked the ball home from Hector Bellerin's pass inside the penalty area.

However, the game changed as Coquelin, who was already on a yellow card, went flying in with a mistimed tackle on Harry Kane, earning his second yellow card.

Spurs took advantage of the Frenchman's red card, as Toby Alderweireld converted from close range before Kane curled home an outstanding strike from the left hand side of the box.

Tottenham tired late on though, and Alexis Sanchez swooped to make it 2-2, and earned his side a crucial point after going down to ten men.

Coquelin earned criticism for his red card, and manager Wenger told the Arsenal official website that he didn't have any complaints about the sending off, suggesting that his holding midfielder made a big mistake.

Wenger did though suggest that Tottenham's Eric Dier, who was also on a yellow card before committing another foul, should also have been sent off, and believes referee Michael Oliver should have been forced to explain his decision after the game.

"I didn’t have to say a lot to him after that tackle," said Wenger. "He made a mistake and he knows he made a big mistake. At half time we warned him as well and it was a mistake. He wanted to do well and mistimed his tackle and got sent off. He made a mistake and he has to quickly learn from that because at a top level it is full commitment and 100 per cent in all the duels in a controlled way. He got a yellow card because he made a mistake to go down on the tackle."

"You cannot complain about it. I can complain that Dier was not sent off. I couldn’t understand that. I didn’t see a reason [why he wasn't sent off]. I think the referee should come into the press room after the game as well. We are questioned, they should be questioned as well. Then he could give you an answer," he added.

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