Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken to his players about discipline ahead of their London derby with Chelsea tomorrow.
The Gunners were beaten home and away by the Blues last season, picking up three red cards in the process.
Gabriel Paulista and Santi Cazorla were sent off in a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, before Per Mertesacker was shown red 18 minutes into a 1-0 loss at the Emirates.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa always seems to get under the skin of Arsenal players when the two sides meet and – having scored five goals in as many Premier League games this season – the Spaniard is almost certain to start in North London.
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Costa and his wind-up antics will surely test the discipline of Wenger’s men.
And Wenger was asked about D-word during his pre-match press conference on Friday.
The question was: “Have you discussed squad discipline ahead of the game”?
Speaking live on Arsenalplayer, Wenger replied: “In the last two games against Chelsea we played with 10 men, so of course it will be important the way we play football, but the way we behave as well, because discipline and results are strongly linked.
“The regret we have from the last two games is that we couldn’t play 11 against 11.”
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— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 23, 2016
When asked about Costa, Wenger added: “We have to be cold blooded and respect the rules of the game.”
Chelsea will go ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League table if they win on Saturday, while a Gunners victory would see Wenger’s men move three points clear of their rivals, who currently trail them on goal difference.