Arsenal will appeal the red card shown to David Luiz during the 2-1 defeat away at Wolves on Tuesday night, a move that was hinted by Mikel Arteta post-match.
With the visitors cruising in the first 46-and-a-half minutes, how the score remained 1-0 was the biggest head scratcher. Arsenal were all over their opponents, playing their best half of the entire season in the clearest example of Arteta’s vision being implemented.
There were excellent performances all round, with Bukayo Saka running rings around Max Kilman, Thomas Partey pulling the strings in midfield and Nicolas Pepe seeming as if he pulled his Lille shirt on before the match.
His superb individual goal was all Arsenal had to show for a sweeping 45 minutes of football, a performance that cam crashing down with seconds left on the clock.
Arsenal confirm appeal for David Luiz red card against Wolves
David Luiz was adjudged to have clipped Willian Jose’s studs with his knee as the striker was clean through on goal, and despite there being minimal contact and zero intent from the Brazilian to foul his man, Craig Pawson brandished the red card.
Speaking on the official Arsenal website, Arteta insisted his side would consider an appeal.
"He said: “Well, on my understanding here I wouldn’t say ‘yes, let’s go straight away because I think we have a big chance’. But I don’t know, I will speak to legal and the club and make the best decision of what to do.“If you want to talk about the decision, I’ve just seen the replay 10 times in five different angles.“I’m sitting here with you guys and I cannot see any contact. I would like to see if VAR has a different angle.”"
Now, as per the Evening Standard, Arsenal are in the process of submitting an appeal to the FA in a bid to get the central defender’s ban overturned. Given it wasn’t violent conduct, Luiz would only miss one match, the upcoming Premier League encounter with Aston Villa, yet still the club believe they have been hard done by with the decision.
By the letter of the law, the decision was the correct one, therefore the appeal can only be centered around whether it was indeed a penalty in the first place.
Based on that, it looks unlikely that this will be overturned.