Coquelin was warned about making stupid tackles at half time - Wenger on senseless red card

By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Arsene Wenger has revealed he warned Francis Coquelin at half-time not to make irresponsible second-half tackles in Arsenal’s thrilling 2-2 draw at Tottenham.

The midfield enforcer was sent off 54 minutes into the clash when he received a second yellow card for an unnecessary foul on Harry Kane by the touchline.

Arsenal went 1-0 up when Coquelin, who had picked up a first-half booking for handball, was given his marching orders and within minutes Spurs had taken advantage of having one more player by establishing a lead with goals from Toby Alderweireld and Kane.

Alexis Sanchez’s equaliser saved Coquelin’s blushes but Wenger admitted afterwards that the player could not complain about his red card.

Asked if Coquelin’s actions were suicidal to his team, Wenger told BT Sport: “Yes, we told him at half-time because he had a yellow already. Overall we have to look at ourselves on this.”

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Coquelin will now be suspended for Arsenal’s next domestic match, which is their FA Cup replay at Championship club Hull on Tuesday.