Monday, December 11, 2017

Coquelin apologises for derby dismissal

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has apologised for his red card at Tottenham which handed the home side the initiative in a pulsating 2-2 draw.

Coquelin was dismissed after collecting a second booking for a senseless challenge on Harry Kane with his side leading 1-0 after 55 minutes.

Seven minutes later Arsenal were 2-1 down after goals from Toby Alderweireld and Kane had White Hart Lane rocking.

But Alexis Sanchez grabbed a 76th-minute equaliser for Arsene Wenger’s men to save Coquelin’s blushes and keep third-placed Arsenal within three points of their north London rivals.

Coquelin told Arsenal Player: “I didn’t really see the goal [because I was in the dressing room] but someone came and told me that we scored the second one – it was a relief for me.

“I did not want us to lose today because at 1-0 I thought we were doing great.

“A point today is a good point, it is a great result for us.

“I think with 11 against 11 we could have won the game as we were playing really well. This red card changed the game. I’m really sorry to the club, to the team and all the fans.

“I actually thought I could get the ball when I slide tackled [Harry Kane] – that is why I went for it. I touched him and [the referee] gave me the second yellow.

“But at the end of the day, it’s a good point and hopefully it will be an important point for the title.”


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