Mark Hughes has complained about the refereeing in the game against Arsenal, that saw his Southampton side lose to a late Danny Welbeck goal, as Arsenal won out 3-2.
He felt that Jack Wilshere should have also seen red in the game – and while manager Arsene Wenger classically claimed he ‘did not see’ the incident with Wilshere, Hughes was adamant that his side should have been handed an advantage with the England midfielder given his marching orders.
“I think there should have been another red,” Standard Sport report Southampton manager said. “Wilshere should have been sent off.
“If you look at it again, Jack Stephens has obviously reacted to being pulled back for about 20 yards, which is understandable. It’s not correct but it’s understandable to a certain extent.
“But I felt if you’re going to send Jack off you have to send Wilshere off for bouncing up. I thought I saw a definite movement with his knee towards Jack. The referee should have seen that and sent them both off.
“Elneny has raised a hand to Cedric’s face. That’s a sending off clearly. Maybe there should have been three.”
One player who did come out of the game with a heap of credit was Danny Welbeck, who scored two goals and managed an assist as well – meaning Arsene Wenger may well play him in the Europa League tie come Thursday to show how much he believes in the player.
Despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being unable to play during the game due to UEFA rules, Wenger decided to sub him off and leave Welbeck on – and the player certainly rewarded the manager, handing all three points to the Gunners in their battle to keep sixth spot and not allow Burnley in with a chance of nabbing it.