Arsenal were handed their ninth defeat of the season in the most abysmal manner after going down to nine men against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Arsenal were brought down to nine men against Wolverhampton Wanderers after David Luiz and Bernd Leno were sent off during the fixture. Despite the numerical disadvantage, the Gunners played out a hard-fought game that ended in a bitter defeat as Wolves emerged victorious with a 2-1 scoreline at the Molineux.
The game started on the perfect note for the travelers as Bukayo Saka found the back of the net in the ninth minute. However, his efforts in front of goal turned out to be futile as the VAR ruled out the goal due to an offside. Nonetheless, Nicolas Pepe then struck before the half time break to make it 1-0.
With less than a minute or so before the half time whistle, David Luiz caught the ankle of Willian Jose in the box. The former Chelsea defender was sent off for the third time in his Arsenal career as Craig Pawson was quick to take out the red card.
Ruben Neves then picked up the ball and slotted it home from the spot to level the game. The Gunners headed into the half-time break with a man down along with a 1-1 scoreline.
It took Joao Moutinho just minutes in the second half to send a lighting strike from distance into the top corner past the fingertips of Bernd Leno. Arsenal’s misery just did not end there as their German goalkeeper was then sent off late in the game thus bringing them down to just nine men on the field against eleven motivated Wolverhampton players.
The 2021/21 Premier League season has gone from bad to worse for Mikel Arteta as the defeat against Nuno Espirito Santo was the ninth of the season. The hope of qualification for either the UEFA Europa League or the UEFA Champions League next season seems to be bleak for the Gunners after dropping 31 points out of a potential 66 points.
With Wolves out of the way, Arsenal now faces a busy fixture list for February as they face Aston Villa, Leeds United, Manchester City, Leicester City, and Benfica in the UEFA Europa League. Testing times lay ahead for the north London side in what could turn out to be a make it or break it, month.
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NOT DAVID LUIZ’S NIGHT AT THE MOLINUEX STADIUM
David Luiz has had his ups and downs at Arsenal since joining them in the summer of 2019. However, his decision making in the box has been extremely poor and rather immature as he has been sent off thrice since joining the north London team. The former Chelsea defender was having a fine run of performances including a man of the match performance against Manchester United.
However, it all came crashing down against Wolverhampton Wanderers after being handed a controversial red card for his foul on Willian Jose. Nonetheless, Gabriel Magalhaes stepped up to cover Luiz’s void, however, his absence was heavily felt due to the numerical disadvantage.