Trevor Sinclair blames Mikel Arteta for Arsenal's discipline problems

‘Every time Arsenal go into a big game they have a head loss!’: Trevor Sinclair blames Mikel Arteta being ‘animated and agitated’ on the sidelines for his side’s collapse at Spurs… as he insists they ‘HAVE to be more controlled’ to get top four

  • Rob Holding was sent off in the first half of the north London derby on Thursday
  • He became the sixth player to be shown a red card for Arsenal this season
  • Arsenal went on to suffer a humbling defeat against Antonio Conte’s Tottenham
  • Trevor Sinclair feels Mikel Arteta is to blame for Arsenal’s discipline issues 

Trevor Sinclair believes Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta must take the blame for his side’s lack of discipline in big matches after the Gunners were reduced to 10 men during their 3-0 north London derby defeat against Tottenham on Thursday.

Rob Holding became the sixth player to be sent off for Arsenal this season when he was dismissed in the first half for two fouls on Heung-min Son.

Arsenal have also had players shown red cards in games against Manchester City and Liverpool this term, and Sinclair feels Arteta’s demeanour on the touchline is affecting his team’s decision-making in key moments.

Rob Holding was sent off in the first half on Thursday as Arsenal lost against Tottenham

Trevor Sinclair was unimpressed by Arsenal’s lack of discipline in a big match in their season

‘I struggle to be able to defend how they’ve gone into that game,’ Sinclair told talkSPORT.

‘Six red cards this season – Gabriel, Xhaka, Martinelli, Holding – the list goes on. Every time they go into a big game, they have head loss.

‘For me, it’s not one individual player, it has to come from the manager. He’s agitated, he’s animated on the side.’

Arteta refused to criticise his players after their loss, instead choosing to blame the officials for the decisions that went against his side.

Sinclair saw things differently, though, and claimed that Arsenal must learn to control their emotions better when coming up against top opposition.

Sinclair feels Mikel Arteta needs to take responsibility for his side’s discipline issues

‘His comments after the game, he’s almost trying to give his team excuses. Don’t give the team excuses.

‘They’ve got to be better, they’ve got to be more controlled, they’ve got to be more disciplined in big games like that. 

‘At the moment, they’re not getting it, and the reason they’re not getting it, for me, it’s coming from the leader,’ he added.

Arsenal’s ill-discipline is threatening to derail their top-four hopes as they are now just one point ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham, leaving them with no margin for error heading into their final two fixtures. 

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