Arsenal manager Unai Emery has lauded the spirit shown by young midfielder Matteo Guendouzi despite his dismissal during the game against League One club Blackpool in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
The Spanish tactician reacted to his sending off after the game as he reminded the Frenchman of the need for control.
Guendouzi has been a revelation at the club this season since he joined Arsenal in a £7m deal from French Ligue 2 side Lorient.
The 19-year-old was sent off for two yellow cards in the 56th minute with the hosts leading 2-0.
Arsenal had earlier taken a 33rd minute through Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner before English winger Emile Smith-Rowe doubled the Gunners’ advantage five minutes into the second half.
Blackpool capitalised on the numerical advantage afforded them by Guendouzi’s sending to halve the deficit through a 66th strike from Paudie O’Connor.
O’Connor was thereafter sent off with a straight red card for his challenge on substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The sending off proved to be the end of the visitors’ resolve to draw level as they finally succumbed to a 2-1 loss.
Arsenal secured a place in the quarterfinal with the win and will now face North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for a place in the semis.