Wolves v Arsenal: Match in pictures
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed whether the club will look to appeal at least one of David Luiz and Bernd Leno’s red cards following their 2-1 defeat to Wolves. The Gunners went into the match on a good run of form and were also welcoming back Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the latter of whom was named on the bench.
And Arsenal began the match on the front foot with Saka finding the back of the net, only for his effort to be ruled out for an offside following a VAR review.
They did find the breakthrough minutes later though through Nicolas Pepe and looked in a good position to build on their lead.
But disaster struck before the break when Luiz was adjudged to have brought down Willian Jose inside the box on the stroke of half time.
Referee Paul Tierney pointed to the spot and immediately pulled out a red card for the Gunners defender with Ruben Neves scoring the resulting penalty kick.
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Things went from bad to worse five minutes after the restart as well when Joao Moutinho scored an outrageous long-range effort to give the hosts the lead.
And 18 minutes from time, Arsenal were reduced to nine men in bizarre circumstances.
Leno raced out of his box to clear a long ball forward intended for the onrushing Adama Traore, only to misread the bounce.
The German shot-stopper then opted to punch the ball out of play, leading to Tierney brandishing another red card.
Wolves held on to their 2-1 victory, but the main talking point after the game was both red cards for Luiz and Leno.
Luiz particular may have been unfortunate to be shown a straight red as replays appeared to show that contact with Jose was minimal at best.
And Arteta confirmed after the match that he would be looking to appeal the Brazilian’s red card.
“When I am standing here I would say yes, let’s go straight away because we have a big chance,” he said.
“But I don’t know, we have to speak with legal and the club and make the decision on what’s the best thing to do.”
Arteta didn’t reveal whether he would also be planning to appeal Leno’s sending off, meaning he will almost certainly miss the next three Premier League games.
The Gunners are back in action on Saturday when they travel to face Aston Villa before taking on Leeds a week later.
But more worrying for Arteta is the fact that he will unlikely have Leno available to face Manchester City on February 21.
Mat Ryan was unavailable to come on against Wolves on Tuesday, but Arteta hopes to have the January signing back for this weekend.
“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,” he said.
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