‘We shoot ourselves in the foot’ – Arteta angry as Arsenal discipline problems continue in Southampton draw

Mikel Arteta Arsenal 2020-21

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has lamented his side’s poor discipline afterGabriel’s red card damaged his side in their1-1 draw against Southampton on Wednesday.

With Arsenal poised to chase a winner, the complexion of the game was changed when Gabriel was shown a second yellow card for bringing down Walcott on 62 minutes.

The Gunners were forced to hold on for a point, and although they did snap a three-match losing streak in the Premier League, Arteta was disappointed with yet another game-changing red card from his side.

In Arsenal’s previous match, Granit Xhaka was shown a red card in the second half of a 1-0 defeat at home to relegation-threatened Burnley.

“We didn’t have time to think, we adjusted two or three things to try and win the game,” Arteta told the BBC. “The boys came out like we did three days ago, we scored a really good goal, on top in the game, and again we shoot ourselves in the foot.

“Very disappointed because in that moment I was thinking to change the centre-back straight away -we didn’t even have time to do that. In the end we got a point that, considering the circumstances, we have to accept.”

Discipline has been a problem for the Gunners since Arteta took over.Sincethe Spaniard’s first Premier League game in charge, on Boxing Day 2019, Arsenal have been shown seven red cards, four more than any other Premier League side during thatperiod.

In addition, Gabriel’s red card means Arsenal have had players sent off in successive Premier League games for the first time since August 2011, when Emmanuel Frimpong (versusLiverpool) andCarl Jenkinson(versusManchester United) were red carded in back-to-back matches.

Arteta was happy to seeAubameyang score what was his first goal from open play since the opening game of the season, and only his third league strike of the campaign.

“Aubameyang needed that confidence boost, he is very critical with himself, hopefully he can move and be more optimistic in the future,” Arteta said.

Source : goal.com