Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang warned his Arsenal teammates they have to ‘keep their cool’ after Gabriel became the seventh player to be sent-off during Mikel Arteta’s reign in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Southampton.
The Gunners looked like they were headed for an unprecedented fifth straight home defeat after Theo Walcott opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a typically well-taken goal.
Arsenal did at least show a measure of spirit and character that has been missing in recent weeks and levelled the match through Aubameyang’s first goal from open play in the Premier League since the first weekend of the season.
Hopes of victory, however, all but evaporated when Gabriel was given his marching orders, with the Brazilian defender collecting his second yellow card in the space of five minutes for two similar offences.
Arteta’s side did at least hold out for a point, but Aubameyang admitted his side’s hopes of turning a significant corner, in part, hinge on maintaining their discipline.
‘I think it was tough as the end the team gave everything to get that point,’ told Amazon after the game. A bit disappointed, we could win this game sometimes this happens.
‘We are a bit nervous, we need points. Sometimes we do bad things but this happens when you need points, we have to stay cool with the head.’
He added: ‘I think tonight is not about my goal and me, it’s about the team. We need points and it doesn’t matter if I score, the most important thing is to win games and get points.
‘I think at the moment when things go wrong I just stay in my path and I work a lot. I try to give my advice inside. I was not talking a lot these few weeks but I am here and I want to talk on the pitch.’