Arsenal boss Unai Emery - ‘I don’t think Matteo Guendouzi lost control’ after midfielder’s red card in Blackpool Carabao Cup win

PUBLISHED: 23:07 31 October 2018 | UPDATED: 23:12 31 October 2018

Arsenal manager Unai Emery inspects the pitch prior to the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, PA

Arsenal manager Unai Emery inspects the pitch prior to the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, PA

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery said he didn’t think Matteo Guendouzi lost control after the midfielder was sent-off in the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Blackpool on Wednesday night.

Arsenal's Matteo Guendouzi in Europa League action (pic Nick Potts/PA)Arsenal's Matteo Guendouzi in Europa League action (pic Nick Potts/PA)

The Frenchman provided the assist for Arsenal’s first goal against the League One side - chipping a brilliantly timed ball over the Blackpool defence for Stephan Lichtsteiner to poke home in the first-half.

However, his impressive performance was undermined when he was shown a soft second yellow card after the break.

The midfielder will now miss the Gunner’s vital clash with Liverpool on Saturday at the Emirates.

Speaking after the game, Emery said: “He’s playing well, and with one thing which is very important, spirit.

“I don’t know if the second (yellow) is expected but he’s playing with the spirit I want, today and in every match.

“We spoke in the dressing room at half-time, saying it’s very important to control but I don’t think he lost control in this action.

“We have a lot of players who are trying to play, to help us and to take the responsibility to show they’re quality. I am going to prepare with other players, while thinking we can also have a good performance in the big match on Saturday.”

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