Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that good behaviour is vital in a North London derby and the Frenchman believes having 11-men on the pitch at all times is vital.
The Gunners have already have a red card this season with Laurent Koscielny being sent off against Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, while Emmanuel Adebayor and Scott Parker have both seen red at the Emirates Stadium in a North London derby, both games ending 5-2 to the hosts.
Sunday’s game is Arsenal’s second London derby of the season as they played Fulham last weekend picking up a 3-1 victory and with confidence high, Wenger wants the momentum to continue, starting with three points on Sunday, but he is adamant that keeping 11-players on the pitch is crucial.
“The game lasts 90 minutes and the behaviour of the players has to be focused and normal for 90 minutes,” said Wenger at his pre-match press conference.
“It is very difficult to predict what would have happened if Adebayor had stayed on. That [red cards] is part of the game.
“We played against Aston Villa with 10 men, [Koscielny] didn’t deserve to be sent off and nobody cared about it, nobody asked what would have happened if Koscielny had stayed on. Certainly we would not have lost the game. But that is one of the decisions of the referee.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt