Francis Coquelin really made it hard for Arsenal against Tottenham yesterday by getting sent off early in the second half, but he has apologized profusely and honestly believes that he thought he would get the ball.
Ten minutes later Arsenal were 2-1 down and I bet you that he was sitting on his own in the dressing room with his head in his hands when Alexis Sanchez equalised. I am sure he was the most relieved man in the stadium!
“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,” he said. “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’m really sorry to all the fans for the red card, 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.”
I’m glad your sorry Francis and I can feel your relief because if we had lost you would have been hung, drawn and quartered! The one thing I would say is that it would have been a better THREE points towards the title race….