Mikel Arteta was not happy with the officials after David Luiz’s red card and wants Arsenal to appeal.
David Luiz made no attempt to play the ball or tackle the man. He was simply running behind him, and not even that closely, lest a tangle of legs ensure.
Alas, the Wolves player’s heel caught Luiz’s knee on the upswing, down he went and to the spot Craig Pawson pointed.
We all just shrugged.
And then, after waiting for Jon Moss, Granit Xhaka sender-offer extraordinaire, to whisper words they love to hear, Pawson flashed a red card at David Luiz.
The rules were changed so that accidental contact was not punished three times with a penalty, sending off and use of a sub.
Yet off David Luiz was sent and the penalty given.
Arteta was obviously asked about it after the match and, sadly, does not seem to have let rip about what was a shameful display of officiating. He wasn’t happy though and wants Arsenal to appeal.
“If there is any contract, it’s him [the Wolves player] to David, that’s what I’ve seen,” Areta said.
Again, I don’t know if they have a different angle to what I have or what you have, so that’s where the disappointment is coming from.”
He was then asked about VAR. “If they got it right and they can justify that they got it right, I put my hand up and apologise.
“But the only thing I’m saying is I am sitting here and I cannot see any contact and that’s really frustrating because it’s a big, big moment in the game.
“When I am standing here I would say yes [we will appeal], let’s go straight away because we have a big chance.
“But I don’t know, we have to speak with legal and the club and make the decision on what’s the best thing to do.”
"I've seen it 10 times in different angles, I'm standing here and cannot tell you where the contact is".
Mikel Arteta can't get his head around the penalty and red card decision that went against Arsenal. pic.twitter.com/wad5vrXRPB
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 2, 2021