Furious Arteta tells Arsenal to ‘eradicate’ disciplinary issues as Partey becomes FOURTEENTH player sent off under boss

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Furious Arteta tells Arsenal to 'eradicate' disciplinary issues as Partey becomes FOURTEENTH player sent off under boss

MIKEL insists Arsenal need to “eliminate” their disciplinary issues on the pitch following Thomas Partey’s red card against Liverpool in the Arteta Carabao Cup.

The Gunners crashed out of the semi-finals of the competition after a 2–0 loss to the Reds in the second leg at the Emirates and missed Wembley’s performance against Chelsea in the final.

Arsenal star Thomas Partey was sent off against Liverpool in the second leg of the Carabao Cup

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Arsenal star Thomas Partey was sent off against Liverpool in the second leg of the Carabao Cupcredit: Alamy
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insists the team's poor disciplinary record needs to end

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insists the team’s poor disciplinary record needs to endcredit: Alamy

North Londoners watched Partey return to action just 48 hours after Ghana’s shock elimination from the group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The midfielder came on as a substitute in the second half, shortly before Diogo Jota completed his brace, and collected two yellow cards in the space of just three minutes.

Arsenal manager Arteta was disappointed after full-time and insisted the team’s recent disciplinary run needed to end.

The Ghana international collected his 14th red card since taking over as the Spanish head coach in 2019 and will be sidelined against Burnley on Sunday, which was exactly the game he was relegated for.

It comes a week after Granit Xaka was given his marching order once again in the first leg against Liverpool at Anfield.

The Gunners now count six more red cards than any other Premier League team in all competitions over the past three years.

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Arteta said: “It’s a big loss. We can’t live without him with the players that we have.”

“We have to learn from it. We’ve played three games with 10 men recently and you can’t do that against top teams.

“With 11 men it’s hard enough to beat them, with 10 it becomes a real challenge.

“We have to eradicate it completely. We have to be competitive to win football matches.

“We have to play with 11 players. We have to learn lessons and we can’t accept excuses.”

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