Every red card Arsenal have received under Mikel Arteta


The red color can symbolize passion, courage, strength and determination. But it can also be symbolic of danger, stress, anger and rage.

One thing that it definitely represents, for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal, is a problem. A big problem.

Since the Spaniard’s appointment in December 2019, the Gunners have accumulated no less than 13 – 13 – red cards in the Premier League. That is three times more than anyone else in the league during the same period.

Let’s travel back in time and remind ourselves of them all.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is sent off!

He originally received a yellow card for his challenge on Max Meyer, but got it red after a VAR check! pic.twitter.com/1eV91CF32Y

– Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 11 January 2020

Ouch. It’s a nasty one.

Even though he scored the Gunners’ goal in this 1-1 result, Aubameyang’s main contribution will be remembered as this horror tackle against Max Meyer.

He first received a yellow card but was sent off after a VAR consultation. And, unsurprisingly, Arsenal’s subsequent appeal was rejected – the audacity to even appeal is something.

Nightmare return to Stamford Bridge for David Luiz, who is sent off after Shkodran Mustafi’s mistake?

Chelsea lead 1-0 thanks to Jorginho’s penalty … pic.twitter.com/tkJeqZtXCd

– Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 21 January 2020

Here we come, it’s the first of Luiz’s treble of reds. Number one came, spectacularly, when he returned to Stamford Bridge.

In all fairness to the Brazilian, it was Shkodran Mustafi’s deplorable back pass that started the laughable passage.

A foul ball back to the goalkeeper allowed Tammy Abraham to nip in and round a bouncing Bernd Leno, before Luiz practically hugged him to the floor and inevitably saw red on his old pitch.

Luiz limped off early / Laurence Griffiths / GettyImages

And quickly on to number two.

Imagine this: the COVID-19 pandemic has stopped domestic football for three months, but your team is finally back in action with a crunchy match in Manchester City – a huge draw for Arsenal.

After 24 minutes, Pablo Mari came on for David Luiz. Then, just before half-time, the Brazilian’s failed interception allows a pass from Kevin De Bruyne to reach Raheem Sterling, who makes it 1-0. And three minutes after the break, he drops Riyad Mahrez in the box and gets a straight red before De Bruyne turns the penalty into the second in a 3-0 victory.

You just could not write it.

RED CARD! Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah is sent off for a dangerous tackle after a VAR review?

He had only been on the pitch for three minutes? #ARSLEI pic.twitter.com/5Fd0ZiCxwL

Goal (@goal) July 7, 2020

Recorded in the 71st minute.

VAR consultation is needed after a high tackle on James Justin in the 74th.

Sent on the 75th.

No good four minutes for Eddie Nketiah.


The Arsenal man beats Ezgjan Alioski off the ball and receives a straight red card

? Watch Sky Sports PL? Follow #LEEARS here: https://t.co/ikn2qWt06u? Download the @SkySports app! pic.twitter.com/ZjeVi3H4MC

– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 22, 2020

Arsenal’s fifth red card under Arteta was awarded to record signing Nicolas Pepe early in the 2020/21 season against Leeds.

The Ivorian got a straight red after VAR saw him hit Ezgjan Alioski off the ball.

This led to a huge debate about his future at the club, and he has not yet really recovered.

Another RED CARD to @Arsenal?

Gunners are down to 10 men after Gabriel got a second yellow … # PLonPrime #ARSSOU pic.twitter.com/ll6Q2UKBA8

– Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 16, 2020

This list would not be complete without an appearance from Granit Xhaka.

Everyone’s favorite suspension was Arsenal’s sixth suspension under Arteta in December 2020 for an off-the-ball incident with Ashley Westwood in their 1-0 home loss to Burnley.

The Swiss national team player looked to raise his hand to the midfielder’s throat and was then dismissed after a VAR check.

Another RED CARD to @Arsenal?

Gunners are down to 10 men after Gabriel got a second yellow … # PLonPrime #ARSSOU pic.twitter.com/ll6Q2UKBA8

– Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 16, 2020

And just three days later, Gabriel received two yellow cards in four minutes – now it’s ruthless.

The summer signing was made entirely by a Theo Walcott turn and made him fall when the former Gunners favorite sprinted away.

Looked to book, but Gabriel obviously did not feel that way.

Luiz did not make it to halftime / Pool / GettyImages


It seems strange that if the Brazilian had swept down Willian Jose and made it look like an attempt at the ball, he would have remained on the field with only one warning.

But, here we are. The defender played fair and stayed on his feet and accidentally got the slightest contact with the Wolves striker to give away a penalty and get a red card.

Arsenal appealed the decision, but they were rejected.

Leno is handled outside the box / Shaun Botterill / GettyImages

From bad to worse.

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno rushed out of his area to snatch a ball over the top and, yes, he got it wrong. Very wrong.

Leno, who seems trapped in two senses, jumped as if to head the ball, but when he realized that it was only at chest height, he decided to knock it out of play – right in front of the lineman.

Ceballos was fired for two yellow colors / SOPA Images / GettyImages

Dani Ceballo’s second yellow here was a bit harsh, but he gave the referee a decision to make.

The midfielder dangled a leg and definitely got in touch with his opponent, although how much of what was his fault can be discussed.

Yet a red is a red.

Look away, Arsenal supporters …

? Granit Xhaka is sent off for a ruthless outcome against João Cancelo.

The right decision according to Peter Walton. pic.twitter.com/dDDPsZCqyr

– Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 28 August 2021

Round two for Xhaka.

The Swiss midfielder received his marching orders for a bipedal attack against Joao Cancelo, which reruns showed that it did not actually mean much contact.

That said, you can not dive in with your studs as seen in the modern game. All players know that … or, they should know that.

“This is stupid, immature, petuult … What do you think you’ll achieve?”

“What is worrying is that it did not surprise us, it will continue to happen.” @ rioferdy5 and @JoleonLescott have no sympathy for Gabriel for losing his head when emotions were at their peak. pic.twitter.com/9qgYi99eIf

– Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 1, 2022

New year, same Arsenal.

Things started so well for the Gunners against Manchester City, but a few moments of madness saw them collapse. Gabriel received a yellow card for protesting against a penalty, and just moments later he saw another.

Gabriel body-checked Gabriel Jesus on the halfway line and left the referee with no choice but to send him out.

It was Arsenal’s 100th red card in the Premier League, and unsurprisingly they are the first team to reach that milestone.


Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka is sent off after a ruthless systemic challenge on Liverpool’s Diogo Jota pic.twitter.com/n71xpYPzRW

– Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) January 13, 2022

Lucky number 13 came with the permission of Xhaka, who managed only 24 minutes of his team’s semifinal in the Carabao Cup against Liverpool.

Diogo Jota was through on goal and Xhaka, in a desperate attempt to get in the way of the ball, just went and kung-fu kicked the Liverpool man.

Xhaka only had eyes for the ball, but there is no excuse.

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