Arteta to 'seriously look' at Arsenal after another 'crazy' absence - pundit
Ill-discipline at Arsenal is “continuing to cost” Arsenal and Mikel Arteta will be forced to act, according to Kevin Phillips.
The former England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 39-year-old Spaniard will be “concerned” about his team’s record.
Thomas Partey was missing for Arsenal’s 0-0 draw against Burnley yesterday (23 January) after picking up a one-match suspension for a red card against Liverpool on Thursday.
As per WhoScored (21 January), the Gunners have received more red cards than any other top-flight side since Arteta’s appointment.
Phillips slammed Partey’s dismissal as “daft” and insisted the lack of discipline at Arsenal is becoming a “real problem”.
“Clubs can go through spells where discipline becomes a real problem,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
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“But some of these cards are just really daft ones. Partey’s one against Liverpool, he just doesn’t need to make that challenge – especially when you’re on a yellow card.
“It’s just crazy. It’s definitely a concern for Arteta, and it’ll be something he will seriously look at as a coach.
“He’ll deal with it. You can’t control how players act on the field but you can keep drumming that message into them and hopefully it’ll sink in.
“It will continue to cost them just as it did against Liverpool and Burnley if they keep picking up red cards and suspensions.”
Arsenal’s draw against the Clarets saw them drop out of the Premier League’s top four.
The Gunners’ next game is against Wolves on 10 February.