Arsenal midfield marshal Francis Coquelin apologised for his red card in the north London derby at White Hart Lane on Saturday. Coquelin was dismissed after he was shown a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Harry Kane, and seven minutes later Tottenham scored two goals (via Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane) to cancel out Aaron Ramsey's opener. However, the Frenchman admitted his relief when Alexis Sanchez's 74th minute strike saved the Gunners from a fourth straight defeat.
"I didn’t really see the goal [because I was in the dressing room] but someone came and told me that we scored the second one - it was a relief for me," Coquelin told Arsenal Player. "I did not want us to lose today because at 1-0 I thought we were doing great. "A point today is a good point, it is a great result for us. "I think with 11 against 11 we could have won the game as we were playing really well. This red card changed the game. I’m really sorry to the club, to the team and all the fans.
"I actually thought I could get the ball when I slide tackled [Harry Kane] - that is why I went for it. I touched him and [the referee] gave me the second yellow. "But at the end of the day, it’s a good point and hopefully it will be an important point for the title.”