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Mikel Arteta's Reaction To Dani Ceballos Being Sent Off Sums Up Arsenal's Night

Jack Kenmare

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Mikel Arteta's Reaction To Dani Ceballos Being Sent Off Sums Up Arsenal's Night

Arsenal have got some work to do next week after they slumped to a disappointing 2-1 defeat in their Europa League semi-final first leg clash against Villarreal.

Mikel Arteta's side conceded in the opening minutes of Thursday night's tie when Manu Trigueros blasted one past Bernd Leno to give the hosts a deserved lead.

The Gunners continued to struggle in large spells, and it didn't take long for defender Raul Albiol to get on the scoresheet to make it 2-0 on the half-hour mark.

Things went from bad to worse in the second-half when Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos, who was already walking a tightrope after receiving a yellow card earlier, was sent for an early bath by the official.

The 24-year-old stepped on Dani Parejo's foot after a loose pass from Pepe as the Premier League side went down to ten men.

Many believe the Arsenal boss should have brought Ceballos off earlier. Perhaps Arteta himself thought exactly that judging by his reaction to the dismissal.


With just 20 minutes to go, Nicolas Pepe gave the away side a lifeline after scoring a crucial goal from the penalty spot to make it 2-1.

Villarreal then went down to ten men after former Spurs midfielder Etienne Capoue was shown a second yellow card.

Can Mikel Arteta's side stage a comeback next week in the semi-final, second leg?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Football, Europa League, Villarreal, Arsenal

Jack Kenmare
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