“We shoot each other in the foot” – Arteta is furious as Arsenal problems with discipline persist at the Southampton draw

Gabriel was shown a red card for the Gunners in the second half on Wednesday, the second game in a row in which the player was sent off

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has lamented his side’s poor discipline after Gabriel’s red card damaged his side in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton.

Theo Walcott gave the Saints the lead with a goal in the first half against his former club before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed the game early in the second half.

When Arsenal were on the verge of chasing a winner, the look of the game changed when Gabriel showed a second yellow card for beating Walcott in the 62nd minute.

The Gunners were forced to hold onto a point and despite taking three defeats in the Premier League, Arteta was disappointed with yet another groundbreaking red card from his side.

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

“We didn’t have time to think, we adjusted two or three things to win the game,” said Arteta BBC. “The boys came out like they did three days ago, we scored a really good goal, at the top of the game, and we shot each other in the foot again.”

“Very [disappointed] because at that moment I thought of changing the central defender immediately – we didn’t even have time for that. In the end, we have a point that, given the circumstances, we must accept. “

Discipline has been a problem for the Gunners since Arteta took over. Since the Spaniard’s first Premier League game on Boxing Day 2019, Arsenal have been shown seven red cards, four more than any other Premier League team at the time.

Gabriel’s red card also means Arsenal have sent players off in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since August 2011, when Emmanuel Frimpong (v Liverpool) and Carl Jenkinson (v Manchester United) were red carded in a row Matches.

Arteta was delighted that Aubameyang scored his first goal since the opening game of the season and only his third league strike of the season.

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

Arsenal will look to claim their first Premier League win since November 1 when they travel to Goodison Park on Saturday to face Everton.

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