Francis Coquelin has apologised to the Arsenal fans following his red card in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspurs.
Coquelin was sent off while the Gunners were 1-0 up at White Hart Lane and the host capitalized on the one man advantage to go 2-1 up but Alexis Sanchez rescued a point for Arsene Wenger’s men with a late goal.
However, Coquelin insists that his dismissal changed the course of the game in Tottenham’s favour but was happy Arsenal didn’t lose the game.
“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. I did not want us to lose today because at 1-0 I thought we were doing great,” he told Arsenal TV.
“A point today is a good point, it is a great result for us. I’m really sorry to all the fans for the red card, 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 [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.”
Leicester City’s win at Watford takes them eight points above Arsenal with nine matches remaining to the end of the season.