Mikel Arteta reacts to David Luiz and Bernd Leno red cards in Arsenal’s defeat to Wolves

Luiz was given his marching orders in the first half
Luiz was given his marching orders in the first half (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta was puzzled by David Luiz’s sending off and neglected to criticise Bernd Leno for his moment of madness after nine-man Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by Wolves at Molineux.

The Gunners started the game fast and were 1-0 up inside 32 minutes courtesy of Nicolas Pepe’s fine right-footed finishing following a mazy run.

However, disaster struck for the north Londoners late into stoppage time in the first half when David Luiz was sent off for tripping up Willian Jose inside the box.

Leno was sent off for handling the ball outside of his area
Leno was sent off for handling the ball outside of his area (Picture: Getty Images)

The Brazilian could be considered unlucky to as he made the slightest contact with the Wolves striker, seemingly unintentionally, but referee Craig Pawson immediately pointed to the spot and branded his red card.

The referee’s decision was backed by VAR, and Ruben Neves converted from 12 yards to level up the contest at 1-1 with virtually the last kick of the first half.

It didn’t take long for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side to take the lead in the second period as Joao Moutinho’s spectacular strike from long range went in off the post.

Things got even worse for Arsenal when Leno made the bizarre decision to punch a clearance away outside of his box, and was rightly given his marching orders for doing so.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Arteta admitted he was perplexed over Luiz’s sending off and is considering appealing the decision.

‘I’ve just seen the replay ten times in five different angles and I cannot see any contact,’ the Spaniard said.

‘If I’m sitting here now I would say yes [to an appeal]. We have to speak with legal at the club and see what the best thing is to do.’

On Leno’s rash decision, Arteta avoided critiquing his No.1 goalkeeper.

‘I imagine he makes the decision in a split of a second and naturally he tries to stop the ball, there’s nothing he can do,’ Arteta added.

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