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Mikel Arteta furious at game-changing moment in Arsenal loss to Wolves


Arsenal manager Mikel was infuriated by the game-changing red card for David Luiz and the penalty decision in his side’s Premier League loss to Wolves on Tuesday night.

The Gunners took the lead after half an hour thanks to Nicolas Pepe, but Luiz received a red card in the first-half stoppage when he was deemed to have cut the heel of the striker of the Wolves Willian Jose in the penalty area, although Arteta is adamant. contact.

David Luiz expelled changed the game | NICK POTTS / Getty Images

Luiz was giving his marching orders for refusing a scoring opportunity and Ruben Neves converted the kick for Wolves. Joao Moutinho then delved into a long-range stunner to give Wolves the advantage shortly after half-time, while Arsenal had to end the game with nine players after goalkeeper Bernd Leno handled the ball outside his surface to repair.

“If you play with 10 men for 45 minutes in the Premier League without a central defender against this opposition, of course that is a game-changer,” said Arteta, via

“We tried. We were really lively at half-time because we wanted to win the game. The boys were so convinced to go out there and give it a go. We did not concede any chance but Moutinho scored a worldie. It’s 2-1 and then when Bernd comes out and hits the ball with his hands it’s a second red card, we’re nine players down and it’s almost impossible to win the game.

As Arteta accepted Moutinho’s winner and Leno’s red card, the Arsenal boss was furious that the on-pitch referee and VAR manager awarded a penalty and sacked Luiz, insisting he couldn’t see what they had seen to make this decision.

“I’m sure they made the decision when they saw something. Unfortunately, I am sitting here expecting to see something and I don’t see anything, ”said Arteta.

“If there is a contact, it is [Willian Jose] with David. This is where the disappointment comes from. It’s hard enough to win league football matches and these big decisions are like that

“If they can justify that they did it right, I’m going to put my hands up and apologize, but the only thing I see is I’m sitting here and I can’t see any contact, and that ‘It’s really, really frustrating because it was a big, big moment in the game. “

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