Coquelin: I’m sorry for derby red


Arsenal were 1-0 up on Tottenham when the Frenchman lunged in on Harry Kane to earn himself a second yellow.

Wenger had no complaints about Coquelin’s red card, but was understandably aggrieved Spurs’ Eric Dier escaped similar punishment later for a blatant shirt pull on Olivier Giroud when he was also on a yellow card. But (the way) I look at it, if the back four play well it doesn’t matter who’s in goal.
Arsenal had offered little as an attacking force but still managed to force the lead with their first meaningful attempt on goal in the 39th minute.
Wenger’s side remain three points behind second-placed Spurs and, after a result that is sure to please leaders Leicester City, the manager confessed to feeling conflicted over the outcome.
Kane continued his own fine form against Arsenal, scoring his fourth goal in three league games against the north London rivals in spectacular style, curling a strike from the left-hand edge of the penalty area past David Ospina and into the far corner.
With Francis Coquelin sent off after Aaron Ramsey’s opener, Arsenal surrendered the lead when Tottenham hit back through Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane. “At half-time we warned him so I cannot complain about it. But I can complain that Dier was not sent off. I couldn’t understand that and it could have made a difference”.
However, Alexis Sánchez scored a goal with 14 minutes to play to rescue Arsenal a point and leave Spurs without the chance to go top of the Premier League.
We have big regrets because it looked while we were in control when we were down to 10 men… [Coquelin] knows he made a mistake. “I don’t know”, he said, when asked if they were still contenders.
“I did not want us to lose today because at 1-0 I thought we were doing great”.
Alli worked hard to keep the ball from going out for a goal-kick before Kane picked up possession near the by-line and curled a 20-yard shot beyond Ospina from a tight angle.
But just as it seemed that Tottenham would secure a sixth win of the Premier League season after falling behind, Sanchez levelled matters in the 76th minute with a sharp finish from the right channel from Bellerin’s angled pass from the touchline.