Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

McPhillips rues red card after Blackpool threaten Arsenal in Carabao Cup

McPhillips rues red card after Blackpool threaten Arsenal in Carabao Cup

Arsenal coach Unai Emery defended Matteo Guendouzi after his red card almost cost Arsenal a victory in the Carabao Cup, saying the teenage midfielder is playing with the "spirit that I want".

Arsenal went 2-0 up against Blackpool after Stephan Lichtsteiner stretched out a leg to convert into the far corner and Emile Smith-Rowe found the net when Carl Jenkinson's miscued cross came off the crossbar five minutes after the break.

League One side Blackpool should not offer too much competition for the north London side, and with Liverpool making the trip to the Emirates on Saturday, Emery is set to shuffle the pack.

He then followed Guendouzi in earning a dismissal late on for a cynical foul on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

"He's playing well. He's playing with a spirit - [he's] competitive".

"After that, I'm a supporter like anyone else - I want them to win football games".

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"That is football. Things can be positive or negative like an injury, a red card, 90 minutes of hard work that don't allow you to play other matches", Emery told reporters.

"Overall I think it is important that the club can always continue at a very good level".

'A red card is like that. "I have many good memories, so I miss them".

"We have a lot of players looking to play, to help us and take responsibility". Competitive. The action is... it's an action, he plays that action as a normal moment in the game, ' said the Spaniard.

The Tangerines were looking unsafe after halving the arrears, Nathan Delfouneso having a goal ruled out for offside after Petr Cech had been caught in possession.

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