Thomas Party’s loss to Liverpool in Arsenal’s Carabao Cup semi-final was a third red card for the Gunners this year – more than just a goal.
Partey was shown a second yellow card just three minutes after his first, as Diogo Jota’s double-ended Arsenal chased down the silverware for the 2021–22 season.
This means Arsenal are now shown three times more red cards than they scored in 2022.
Stat makes for serious reading for Gunners fans, with Bukayo Saka’s goal in the game against Manchester City on New Year’s Day, only to have Mikel Arteta’s side find the back of the net this calendar year.
On the contrary, they have already seen the color red on three occasions.
Before Granit Zaka’s moment of madness at Anfield last week, Gabriel was sent off for two bookable offenses in the same game.
The Swiss midfielder was shown a straight red card for a careless waist-high challenge on Jota.
And Partey’s dismissal tonight marked a disciplined start to 2022 for Arteta & Co.
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Partey had only returned to Britain from Africa Cup of Nations duty earlier in the day, having faced an early exit at the hands of the Comoros.
He was offered as a substitute in the 74th minute, but it did not last long as a lunging challenge on Fabinho earned him a second booking.
The Gunners have now failed to score in their last three matches – two Carabao Cup clashes against Liverpool, and a toothless FA Cup loss at Nottingham Forest.
And Partey’s dismissal this evening substantially increased Arsenal’s number of red cards under Arteta fourteen,
That’s six more than any other team in the Premier League in all competitions since the Spaniard took over in December 2019.
Gabriel’s departure on 1 January helped Arsenal set the unwanted record of being the first team to reach 100 love red cards in the Premier League.
When Arteta took over in December 2019, the Gunners had accumulated 89 red cards, with Everton topping 95.
But a little more than two years later, Arsenal overtook the Toffees to reach their unwanted century, with Everton falling back to 99.
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