Arsenal could appeal Luiz red against Wolves, says Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta thinks his team might appeal David Luiz’s red card against Wolves.

The centre back was sent off during the 2-1 loss after seeming to trip up Willian Jose in the box.

It was the slightest of touches from Luiz that sent Jose down as he was racing towards goal.

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Ruben Neves scored the following penalty, before Joao Moutinho made it two with a great strike.

Arsenal went down to nine men in the 72nd minute as Bernd Leno handled the ball outside the box.

When asked if the Gunners would appeal Luiz’s red card, Arteta said: “Sat here, I would say yes, let’s go straight away. But we have to speak with legal and the club and make the decision of what the best thing to do is.

“I’ve seen the replay ten times from five different angles, and I cannot see any contact. I would like to see if VAR have different angles.

“I don’t want to think that [the decision was made on David Luiz’s reputation]. I’m sure they made the decision based on seeing something. I was expecting to see something but didn’t see anything.

“Of course it changed the game – playing for 45 minutes with ten men in the Premier League, without your central defender, of course it changes the game.

“It was a big decision. If the officials got it right, and can justify they got it right, I will put my hand up and apologise. But I didn’t see any contact and that is really frustrating because it was a big moment in the game.

“The way we lost the game is where it really hurts, it’s painful, but I have to take the positives. We didn’t concede any chances but Moutinho scored a ‘worldie’ and it’s 2-1.

“Bernd comes out and hits the ball with his hand, it’s a clear red card and we’re down to nine players and it’s almost impossible to win.”

Arteta isn’t the only one to be surprised by the red card decision. Former defender Rio Ferdinand was perplexed by the ‘crazy rule’.

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