Gabriel sent off against Southampton as Arsenal reach unwanted red card lows

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Arsenal defender Gabriel was shown a second-half red card against Southampton on Wednesday, continuing a worrying disciplinary trend for the Gunners.

The referee did not hesitate to show the Brazilian a second yellow card, forcing Arsenal to play the final 28 minutes plus stoppage time with 10 men.

Though the Saints had plenty of opportunities to win the matchthe Gunners held on for a 1-1 draw, snapping a three-game losing streak in the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta will be worried about his side’sdisciplinary record, though, after yet another red card under his watch.

SinceArteta’s first Premier League game in charge (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 (versus Liverpool) andCarl Jenkinson(versus Manchester United) were red carded in back-to-back matches.

Granit Xhaka was shown a red card in Arsenal’s previous Premier League match, a 1-0 home defeat to Burnley, for putting his hand around the neck of a Burnley player.

After Xhaka’s moment of ill-discipline, Arteta was forced to insist that the Swiss international still had a future at the Emirates.

“He has and he’s not the only one, there is a lot of players who have had rocky moments,” said the Gunners boss.

“What I can say about Granit is his professionalism, his commitment with the club and his team is maximum.

“He knows, and we all know, that he had a moment where he lost it. I know the reason why, but what I cannot do is throw everything he has done away because he’s made a mistake.

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