Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has regretted the bad discipline of his team after Gabriel’s red card hurt his side on Wednesday in their 1-1 draw against Southampton.
Until Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leveled the match early in the second half, Theo Walcott put the Saints ahead with a first-half goal against his former side.
The complexion of the game shifted with Arsenal poised to chase a winner when Gabriel was given a second yellow card for taking down Walcott on 62 minutes.
The Gunners were forced to hold on for a point and Arteta was upset with yet another game-changing red card from his side, while they snapped a three-match losing streak in the Premier League.
In Arsenal’s previous match, in the second half of a 1-0 loss at home to relegation-threatened Burnley, Granit Xhaka was given a red card.
Arteta told the BBC, “We didn’t have time to think, we adjusted two or three things to try and win the game,” As we did three days ago, the boys came out, we scored a very good goal, we got on top of the game, and we shot ourselves in the foot again.
Truly disappointed] because I was dreaming about quickly replacing the center-back at that moment – we didn’t even have time to do that. In the end, we have an argument that we have to consider, given the circumstances.’
Since Arteta took over, the discipline has been an issue for the Gunners. Since the first Premier League game in charge of the Spaniard, Arsenal has been given seven red cards on Boxing Day 2019, four more than any other Premier League side during that time.
Moreover, for the first time since August 2011, when Emmanuel Frimpong (versus Liverpool) and Carl Jenkinson (versus Manchester United) were red-carded in back-to-back matches, Gabriel’s red card means that Arsenal had players sent off in consecutive Premier League games.