Arsenal’s Bernd Leno post backfires as they implode in defeat to Wolves

Referee Craig Pawson sends off Bernd Leno in Arsenal's Premier League clash with Wolves
Arsenal were reduced to nine men as Bernd Leno was sent off in the second half (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal’s official Facebook page tempted fate with the suggestion that Bernd Leno ‘loved’ playing against Wolves ahead of their trip to Molineux – and the post backfired spectacularly as the north London club fell apart on Tuesday night.

The Gunners twice struck the woodwork and had a penalty turned down in a bright start to the Premier League clash and the pressure told in the 32nd minute as Nicolas Pepe fired them in front with a brilliant solo effort.

However, David Luiz was controversially sent off for a foul on Willian Jose inside the box right on the stroke of half-time and referee Craig Pawson’s decision turned the match on its head, with Ruben Neves converting the resulting spot-kick.

Joao Moutinho gave the hosts the lead with a spectacular strike from 30 yards just four minutes into the second half and Arsenal’s implosion continued as Bernd Leno was given his marching orders for bizarrely handling the ball outside his area.

Wolves held on to secure their first league victory since their win over Chelsea back on December 15 and screenshots of Arsenal’s pre-match post about Leno began doing the rounds across social media.

Arsenal's Bernd Leno post before their clash with Wolves
‘Bernd Leno loves playing against Wolves’ – Arsenal’s post before the match (Picture: Facebook)

‘Bernd Leno loves playing against Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 😍,’ Arsenal’s post said along with a highlights reel of Leno’s best bits versus Wolves.

‘More of this tonight, Bernd!’

Alex Runarsson carries the ball out during Arsenal's defeat to Wolves
Runarsson was introduced after Leno’s sending off (Picture: Getty)

Thomas Partey was sacrificed as third-choice ‘keeper Alex Runarsson came on for the remaining minutes after Leno’s red card at Molineux.

January arrival Mat Ryan was unavailable due to a hip injury but Arteta is hopeful the Australian could make his debut at Aston Villa this weekend, with Leno suspended.

Asked for an update on Ryan’s fitness following Arsenal’s loss, Mikel Arteta explained: ‘He had a muscular issue and in the last two days he hasn’t been able to train.

‘Hopefully we can get him back in the next few days.’

Pressed on Leno’s bizarre sending off, the Spaniard said: ‘I imagine he makes the decision in a split of a second.

‘Naturally he tries to stop the ball, there’s nothing he can do,’

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