'I always say': Hector Bellerin delivers honest verdict on Arsenal red cards
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'I always say': Hector Bellerin delivers honest verdict on Arsenal red cards

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Arsenal vice-captain Hector Bellerin was not a happy man after his side picked up two more red cards last night.

The Gunners have had players sent off nine times since Mikel Arteta took over – at least six more than any other side in the Premier League in the same period.

Bellerin has claimed that his side are only losing to themselves by dropping down to 10 men. If you take into account the number of red cards we’ve received over the last 13 months, it is hard to disagree with him.

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He told Arsenal.com: “One hundred per cent [we’ve had too many red cards]. We’ve shown that when we’re 11 against 11 on that pitch, it’s completely different. We had complete control in the first half and we probably should have been 2-0 up by the end of it. We paid for those mistakes.

“I always say that teams are not beating us, we are losing against ourselves. It’s for us to learn. Hopefully this will be the last time. We were on such a good run, great momentum, great confidence in the team.

“We just need to forget this step because situations like this are not going to happen very often. We’ll go on to the next one.”

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Arsenal Insider’s view

Arsenal’s issues with red cards are a real cause for concern, but we have every reason to feel hard done by after David Luiz’s sending off last night.

The Brazilian barely touched Wolves’s Willian Jose and whatever contact there was, it was completely accidental.

Sadly, both Luiz and Bernd Leno will miss the next game. However, as Bellerin said, Arsenal have to forget about last night and go to Villa to get back to winning ways.

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