Arsenal will appeal to the Premier League over the suspension of David Luiz for a red card won on Tuesday in the Gunners’ 2-1 loss to Wolves.
After Craig Pawson gave Willian Jose a penalty for a challenge, the Brazilian was sent off on the stroke of half-time. The contact seemed to be slight, but because Luiz was considered not to have made the ball a threat, the referee saw fit to send him a straight red card.
The dismissal suggests that Luiz would miss the game against Aston Villa on Saturday, but Arsenal appealed in the hope that the decision would be overturned.
As Ruben Neves leveled from the spot and Joao Moutinho scored a winner in the second half against 10 men, Luiz’s red card changed the course of the game.
When Bernd Leno managed outside the box, Arsenal was reduced to nine-men with fifteen minutes to go at Molineux, but the Gunners did not challenge the dismissal of the German.
Following his side’s defeat, which was their first in the Premier League since a 2-1 loss to Everton before Christmas, Arteta was angry about the decision. In his post-match press conference, the Spaniard indicated that the group would appeal.
‘Well, I would say yes to my understanding here, let’s go straight away because I think we have a huge chance,’ Arteta said when asked last night to appeal to Luiz’s Red Card.
‘But I don’t know, we’re going to talk to the lawyer and the club and make the right choice on what to do. ‘If you’re going to talk about the decision, I only saw the replay 10 times from five different angles. I’m sitting here with you guys, and no interaction is visible to me. I’d like to see if there is a certain angle to VAR.’