Vincent Kompany’s red card at Arsenal: Right or wrong?

Despite the fact Vincent Kompany’s late red card in Manchester City’s 2-0 win at Arsenal counted for little as the title chasers held on against a lacklustre Gunners side, there has been plenty of debate.

As can be seen below, Kompany himself took the decision well – living up to his reputation as one of the nicest guys in Premier League football.

Roberto Mancini meanwhile said Manchester City would appeal the sending off: “This is not a red card, absolutely not. He has one foot in and takes the ball. I think the referee made a mistake.”

Referee Mike Dean interpreted Kompany’s challenge as “reckless” with many calling it a “two-footed lunge”.

And, yet, many others have wondered if tackling is a dying art and whether football at the highest level is becoming a non-contact sport.

All in all, Dean, despite his perceived bias towards Arsenal, dealt with a difficult match fairly well but will likely be the centre of attention on Monday over the red cards handed out to Laurent Koscielny and Vincent Kompany.

Below are two pictures of the incident, a video and then Vincent Kompany’s take on Mike Dean’s decision.

Please let us know your thoughts on whether Vincent Kompany should have been sent off below.