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Red cards and biggest Arsenal mistakes by David Luiz


Another defeat from Arsenal, another red card from David Luiz. That was the story as the Wolves made a comeback to beat the Gunners 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The north London side had taken the lead thanks to Nicolas Pepe and were set to enter half-time with a goal advantage before controversy struck and Luiz was sent off.

This is the third time he has seen red in an Arsenal shirt since arriving from Chelsea in the summer of 2019 and the sixth time he has conceded a penalty. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and find out the other times he’s stuck at Arsenal.

Luiz's career at Arsenal didn't start so well
Luiz’s career at Arsenal didn’t start so well | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / Getty Images

It took a game and a half of Luiz’s career at Arsenal before a mistake happened. The Brazilian was caught taking a nap in the penalty area against Liverpool in August 2019 and attempted to swap shirts with Mohamed Salah in the 48th minute.

The referee immediately awarded a penalty and reserved Luiz, as Salah scored to carry it 2-0. Then less than ten minutes later, Salah retrieved the ball from the halfway line and returned Luiz.

Instead of chasing him, Luiz raised his arms to make sure there was no contact and stopped. Salah ran into the box and scored, sealing all three points for Liverpool and a day to remember for Luiz in an Arsenal shirt.

Roberto Pereyra, David Luiz
The beginning of the end for Unai Emery at Arsenal | Marc Atkins / Getty Images

It started off very well for the Gunners, who took a 2-0 lead at Vicarage Road thanks to a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

But as momentum developed towards a Watford comeback, Luiz made it easy. Tom Cleverley pulled one off after Arsenal literally gave Watford the ball in his own penalty area on a goal kick, before Luiz dangled Roberto Pereyra a leg and conceded a penalty.

Watford equalized and was unlucky not to win the game in the end.

On his first return to the blue side of London after moving to Arsenal, Luiz presented a vintage performance of Luiz.

Chelsea were playing well and creating chances against Arsenal, before a mistake by Shkodran Mustafi saw Tammy Abraham go on goal and get around Bernd Leno. Luiz then made the decision to take Abraham out from behind with Mustafi on the goal line, believing that this would prevent the red card.

Referee Stuart Attwell disagreed and waved a red card and Luiz got a three-game ban.

Not yet...
Not yet… | PETER POWELL / Getty Images

The first game after COVID-19’s forced football break saw Arsenal travel to then-champions Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola’s men would claim a 3-0 away victory, thanks in large part to the performance of a certain crazy-haired center-back. City’s first goal came after Kevin De Bruyne tried to cross the ball into the box, but savagely under-touched it. It should have been an easy release for Luiz, but instead he let the ball bounce off his hip and behind him for Raheem Sterling to crush the house.

In the second half, Riyad Mahrez beat him to pace with a nice touch to run into the penalty area, but Luiz decided he wanted Mahrez’s shirt to go next to Salah’s at home. He shot and knocked Mahrez down to concede a penalty and get the second red card of his career at Arsenal.

Another red card for Luiz as Arsenal were beaten
Another red card for Luiz as Arsenal beaten | Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

Everything was going so well for Arsenal, as they had a 1-0 lead at Molineux and were in control.

That was until Daniel Podence played a ball deep into Willian Jose to go one-on-one on goal. As Luiz sprinted to get into a defending position, his knee accidentally cut off Jose’s foot and knocked the attacker down into the box. A penalty was imposed, but he was also sent off after “not attempting to play the ball”.

The rules state that an accidental collision like this shouldn’t have ended in a red card, but it does, and Arsenal suffered a loss for the first time in eight league games.