Arsenal paid the price for their poor discipline as Manchester City came from behind to win at the Emirates following Gabriel’s two yellow cards in the second half

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Arsenal became the first team in Premier League history to reach 100 red cards as they suffered a deflating loss at home to Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.

Gabriel was shown two yellow cards within the space of three minutes in the second half as City came from behind to win 2-1 at the Emirates despite being second-best for much of the match.

The centre-back, 24, was booked for scuffing up the penalty spot after Granit Xhaka was penalised for a foul on Bernardo Silva in the area.

Gabriel’s tampering did not prevent Riyad Mahrez converting from 12 yards to level for City after Bukayo Saka’s first-half opener.

And seconds later the Brazilian received his second yellow for a heavy-handed challenge on Gabriel Jesus as the striker turned on the halfway line.

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Gabriel was sent off for Arsenal as the club reached an unwanted Premier League milestone

Gabriel’s dismissal means Arsenal are the first club to reach a century of red cards since the formation of the Premier League in 1992.

Alarmingly for Mikel Arteta, 11 Gunners players have been sent off since he was appointed manager in December 2019, which is more than any other top-flight team according to statistics experts Opta.

Arteta was not in the dugout for the fixture having tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week, with assistant Albert Stuivenberg taking charge in the Spaniard’s absence.

Speaking after the match, Stuivenberg admitted Gabriel must “control his emotions”.

“When you have a yellow card already you have to control your emotions and be smart,” he told BT Sport.

“I’m not sure why the first yellow card was given to Gabriel but that’s not important anymore. If you have it you need to control your emotions and that’s something that we need to learn.”

Arsenal were made to pay for their poor discipline despite their steadfast defending with 10 men as Rodri swept in the winner in added time.

City manager Pep Guardiola was less than impressed by his side’s performance, admitting the hosts “were better”.

Manchester City eventually capitalised on their man advantage with Rodri scoring a late winner

“We faced a team who have struggled to be in the top four and started this season in the bottom and they’re in the top four,” Guardiola said.

“They had six or seven days after Norwich, we had two and a half and we didn’t energy.

“That’s why we tried to put one more player in the middle. In football you try to analyse everything but sometimes the coin lands on your side and that’s the reality but we know how much it means to win at the Emirates.”

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