Arsenal: Arteta admits Gunners "shot themselves in foot"
Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claims “nerves” are behind Arsenal’s recent run of indiscipine under Mikel Arteta. Gabriel became the seventh Arsenal player sent off this year when he was shown two yellow cards in the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Wednesday night.
Moreover, he was the third Arsenal player to be given his marching orders in the last five games.
It left the Gunners hanging on for a point with 10 men after for successive home Premier League defeats – a run of results which leaves the team hovering over the relegation zone.
But with games coming thick and fast – the next three are against Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea – Aubameyang has called on his team-mates to show more “intelligence” in the heat of the battle.
“At the moment I think sometimes we are a bit nervous because we need points,” he said. “Maybe sometimes we do stupid things, but I can understand.
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“We have to stay cool in the head and try to be a little more intelligent in that case and try to stay with 11 on the pitch, because we need it at the moment.
“I am a bit disappointed because we could win this game, but then when we had this red card it was about taking this point for us and we did it. I think everyone was battling for it.
“We worked hard. All the team did a great job at the end because it was tough to be with 10 men again, but we took a point.
“I can’t say we are happy with that because we need points – but we take it.
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“Always, It is always difficult to play good football. So we have to be patient and play football and have confidence, because we have great players.”
Aubameyang had already equalised after Theo Walcott gave Southampton an early lead on his return to the Emirates.
It was only his second Premier League goal of the season so far – something of a drought after he secured a new £55m contract to keep him at the club for the next three years.
“I think it was important but it is not about me, it is about the team,” he insisted. “That was the most important thing.
“At the moment we try to play simple and that’s what we have to do because of course it is not easy when things go wrong.
“And of course I am happy to score that goal. Hopefully, we have to take this point and keep believing.”
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