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Gary Lineker and Cesc Fabregas have both defended Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah. 

Nketiah was given his marching orders for Arsenal last night, soon after coming on to the pitch against Leicester City. 

The young forward over-extended when trying to reach a loose ball and tackled James Justin at knee height.

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Although the Arsenal forward’s tackle was not malicious it was deemed to be dangerous on review. 

But Lineker and Fabregas both felt that the Arsenal striker was harshly done by.

Mikel Arteta also defended Nketiah in Football London.

“He’s disappointed. He said sorry and that he didn’t mean to do that. I know when he goes for every ball it’s because he is so willing to win every challenge,” the Arsenal boss said.

“He’s on the front foot in every action and he didn’t see the player coming up and didn’t want to hurt anyone. It’s part of the process, they are really young, they need to learn from these situations and hopefully, it won’t happen again.”

Nketiah’s red card is a blow to both the player and to Arsenal, as he will now miss the North London derby. 

Nketiah has been a vital player for Mikel Arteta’s side, with the Spanish boss handing the prospect plenty of first-team chances since his arrival.

Nketiah has proven to be a real asset to Arsenal, with his pace and energy often causing defences problems.

Arsenal ended up drawing 1-1 with Leicester yesterday, after Nketiah’s dismissal put them at a numerical disadvantage. 

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