Arsenal fans ‘feel for Mikel Arteta’ after Gabriel Magalhaes’ "stupid" red card

Arsenal supporters have defended manager Mikel Arteta after defender Gabriel Magalhaes was sent off in their game against Southampton.

The Saints went 1-0 up in the first-half, with former Gunner Theo Walcott giving Ralph Hasenhuttl's side the lead.

Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brought them level in the second-half with his first Premier League goal in six games, after some excellent work from Bukayo Saka.

After Aubameyang's equaliser, Arsenal were looking to build some momentum and get a much needed win before Gabriel dashed their hopes by getting booked twice within the space of just four minutes.

He received his first yellow after going through the back of Saints striker Che Adams and then hauled down Walcott after the forward got the better of him.

Referee Stuart Atwell had no choice but to show Gabriel a second yellow and send him off, dashing Arsenal's hopes of earning a win with the Gunners forced to try and hold out for the draw.

It was the seventh time a player has been sent off in the league since Arteta took over, four more than any other club in that same period, but some fans claimed that "you cannot blame Arteta".

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On social media, one fan wrote: "You cannot blame Arteta for David Luiz being a fool mutliple times, Pepe being aggro, and Xhaka being aggro. This red card by Garbiel was foolish. Arteta cannot magic our players into not doing stupid s**t."

A second added: "Have to feel for Arteta with these reds. All of the last three have been stupid, stupid decisions from our players."

"What can Arteta do when your season goes like this whenever things start working out lmao", questioned a third.

"all these reds are 100% players fault", another fan wrote. "They need to learn to f***ing calm down once in a while. Gonna have no players left. Not really helping their manager are they? hmmm"

Speaking on commentary for BBC Radio 5 Live, former Reading, Chelsea and Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell said of the red card: "Gabriel doesn't need to get too close there.

"Apply pressure but get arm's length away. You don't need to get right up behind Theo Walcott. He's always going to try and turn on a sixpence, so stay at arm's length, see if you can just see the ball from behind.

"And if he goes either way, then you have got half a yard to try and get it. He's gone too high, knows he is in trouble and now Arsenal are up against it."

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