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banner Thursday, 21 February, 2002, 08:48 GMT
Arsenal admit discipline problem
Ray Parlour is sent off against Bayer Leverkusen
Parlour saw his second red of the season on Tuesday
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood will speak to Arsene Wenger in an attempt to find a solution to the Gunners' poor disciplinary record.

Ray Parlour's sending off against Bayer Leverkusen was the latest of 12 red cards Arsenal have received this season.

Hill-Wood admitted that the club's record is "unacceptable".

"Some of the time we have been a bit unlucky, but you can't say that all of the time," said Hill-Wood said.

"It is an issue we need to tackle. Our players are not behaving well enough on the field at the moment, I am afraid to say."

Wenger is renowned for defending his players in public, but Hill-Wood said that the Arsenal manager had criticised their indiscretions behind closed doors.

"It is unsatisfactory and unacceptable and I have spoken to Arsene about it before and I am certainly going to talk to him again," Hill-Wood said.

"Unfortunately, I don't have a simple solution, but players must accept they have to be criticised occasionally.

"I don't think Arsene is ever going to do that in public, but I can assure you he does behind the scenes - because this is something he is concerned about too."

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