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Arsenal boss Arteta: No more red cards

Gunners stars are warned after latest dismissal

09 July, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

MIKEL Arteta is ready to target the Gunners’ disciplinary record in a bid to stop them squandering more points in the Premier League.

It comes after Eddie Nketiah was sent off just four minutes after coming on as a substitute in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw against Leicester City.

The young forward joins captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz, twice, on the list of players who have been shown a red card since Arteta took charge of Arsenal in December.

“You let the team down with 10 men,” said Arteta. “With the incident with Eddie, we can discuss the intention, but the referee has made a decision and we have to learn from that.

“Since I’ve joined I think it’s the fourth time that we’ve played with 10 men and it’s something that we have to improve because we give the opponent a big advantage.”

Arteta revealed that Nketiah was quick to apologise to his teammates following his dismissal. Arsenal were leading Leicester 1-0 when the 21-year-old striker was given his marching orders with just 15 minutes left on the clock.

Arteta added: “He’s disappointed, he’s said sorry and he doesn’t need to do that.

“I know when he goes for every single ball it’s because he’s so willing to win every challenge.

“He didn’t see the player coming up and obviously he doesn’t want to hurt anybody.

“It’s part of the process. They are really young, they need to learn from these situations and, hopefully, it won’t happen again.”

A congested league table means that the Gunners now face a four-fixture fight to earn a place in next season’s Europa League.

They kick off with a north London derby away to Spurs on Sunday, before tackling champions Liverpool on Wednesday. They then travel to relegation-threatened Aston Villa on July 21, before ending the campaign at home to Watford on July 26.

And having seen his side fail to make the most of their chances against Leicester, Arteta wants Arsenal to be more ruthless in the run-in.

He said: “On Tuesday we deserved the three points, 100 per cent.

“But against this opposition. when you have them there you have to kill them. We should have scored three or four goals and then the game is over, and we haven’t done that.

“We’re obviously fighting hard to get into Europe. We have to go game by game. We have to try to get better and improve, and go out against Spurs on Sunday and try to win the three points. We will see where it takes us.”


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