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Arsenal legend Ray Parlor has urged the Gunners to correct their disciplinary record after another player saw red in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Substitute Thomas Partey, who returned rushed after Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations exit, received a few reckless yellow cards in quick succession as two Diogo Jota goals took the Gunners out of the Carabao Cup.

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Partey did not return to the UK until midday on Thursday

Sports News | Ray Parlor insists Arsenal have a ‘problem’ with discipline as Thomas Partey’s ‘stupid’ red card adds to worrying stat under Mikel Arteta

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The Ghanaian was only introduced in the 74th minute

This follows Granit Xhaka’s reckless red card in the first leg and means Mikel Arteta will now be without his two first-choice midfielders for the Premier League clash with Burnley on Sunday.

More alarmingly, however, Partey’s dismissal was the 14th red card Arsenal have received since Arteta’s appointment in December 2019.

For context, Southampton, who have received eight, are the second top flight team in this era.

Speaking after the game, Arteta said: “I’m very disappointed because when you have the final there, one game away, you have a level of excitement and you really look forward to it.

“We did everything we could to put together a competitive team and I think we had our moments in the game against a top team.

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Xhaka received his marching orders for this challenge at Anfield

“It’s obviously [the red card] is again a big loss and we have to learn from it. We’ve played the last three games with ten men and against these top teams you can’t do it because you’re completely exposed.

“It’s quite difficult to beat them, and with ten men it becomes a real challenge and it’s not what we need with the number of players out, to not have it.”

Arsenal have been reduced to ten men in each of their last three games against Premier League opposition, with Gabriel sent off in their loss to Manchester City earlier this month.

And Parlor, who spent 15 years with the Gunners, admits it’s something that needs Arteta’s urgent attention.

“There’s a problem there,” Parlor told talkSPORT Breakfast.

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Arsenal have received six more red cards than any other Premier League side during Arteta’s tenure

“I think he needs to sit down with the team and say, ‘Look, stupid mistakes, you make so many mistakes!’

“Suddenly he is out for the weekend. Either way, they were light in midfield and he would have been a great player after being at AFCON, so he misses out again.

“I played in a team that got red cards, I’m not saying we didn’t. But not as regularly as this team now.

“I know the rules have changed a bit and you can’t tackle sometimes, but it was a stupid mistake last night. One really stupid mistake and he let his team down.

Former Arsenal midfielder Adrian Clarke has also joined talkSPORT to react to the semi-final loss, and he believes Arteta may now regret putting Partey back in the squad immediately after his AFCON return.

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Arteta’s Arsenal are out of contention for silverware this season

“It’s just a lack of discipline, isn’t it – when you’re on a yellow card, you can’t rush like that. It wasn’t a nice challenge.

“Mikel Arteta will regret putting it on as he is now suspended for the game against Burnley, we know Arsenal are incredibly short of central midfielders at the moment.

“It was a huge lack of discipline and it follows Xhaka against Liverpool and Gabriel against Man City – those big games where the so-called senior players make those bad decisions.

“They must be much better.”

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