Mikel Arteta confident over David Luiz appeal and responds to concerns over Arsenal’s lack of discipline

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David Luiz was sent off for the third time in his Arsenal career this week. (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta remains hopeful the club’s appeal over David Luiz’s red card will be overturned.

The experienced Brazilian was shown a straight red card during the closing stages of the first-half in Tuesday’s clash with Wolves at Molineux.

The former Chelsea star was adjudged to have committed a last-man foul on Wolves striker Jose by referee Craig Pawson.

Replays appeared to indicate there was minimal contact but the decision was upheld after a VAR review, overseen by Jon Moss.

Arsenal have since launched an appeal with Arteta confident the decision will be overturned.

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Arteta doesn’t believe there is an issue with discipline in his squad. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

‘I am very hopeful, that’s why we put the appeal in because we went through all the images and we think that the red card should be overruled. That is why we put in the appeal,” he told a press conference on Thursday.

‘I don’t know how long it will take but hopefully today we will have more information. That is the latest I have from the club.’

Luiz was sent off for the third time in his Arsenal career that night with Bernd Leno also shown a straight red after handling outside his area as the Gunners finished the contest with nine men.

Arsenal have been shown nine red cards since Arteta took over in December 2019 with Granit Xhaka, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel all given their marching orders so far this season for the Gunners, with Luiz and Leno adding their names to that list.

When asked about squad discipline, and Luiz in particular, Arteta said: ‘When you look at the two images, we can have a long, long debate here. Just to point the finger at David in my opinion is not fair.

‘When I was worried about the discipline it was on two occasions with Nico and with Granit. We should avoid that and we talked about it.

‘But there are other ones that are moments in the game where in the split of a second you have to make a decision and then a referee has to make a decision as well.

‘There is much less to control on our side there. What is clear is that when you have five red cards in this period, you are going to lose a lot of points.

‘If we would have some of those points, we would be in a completely different position in the table, that’s for sure. There are no teams with five reds up there at the top, it doesn’t happen.’

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