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Sports News of Sunday, 12 November 2023


EPL: You think you’re Patrick Vieira – Perry Groves blasts Arsenal midfielder

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Football pundit Perry Groves has slammed Arsenal midfielder Fabio Vieira after being sent off in his side’s Premier League win over Burnley on Saturday.

Arsenal defeated Burnley 3-1, thanks to goals from Leandro Trossard, William Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

During the encounter, Vieira made a high and late tackle on Burnley’s Josh Browhill.

He was shown a red card by referee Michael Oliver in the 83rd minute of the clash.

Speaking on the development, Groves hit out at the Portuguese on talkSPORT, referencing former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, who was known for his physicality.

Groves accused the 23-year-old of having an ‘identity crisis’ after the ‘shocking’ incident.

“It’s exactly the right decision from Michael Oliver, it’s a really, really silly challenge from Fabio Vieira.

“He’s gone right over the top of the ball, it’s a straight-leg challenge, studs up, gets Josh Brownhill on his knee, Michael Oliver has absolutely no option but to send Fabio Vieira off,” he said.

He continued: “I think he’s having an identity crisis, he thinks he’s Patrick Vieira. Because it was a ridiculously shocking challenge. It was reckless, it’s dangerous and Michael Oliver had no option whatsoever but to send him off. He didn’t even need VAR!”

Vieira will now miss Arsenal’s next three fixtures against Brentford, Wolves and Luton Town.