‘Insanely harsh’ – David Luiz red card in Wolves vs Arsenal clash sparks furious debate

The Brazilian took down Willian Jose in the box just before half-time at Molineux, leading to plenty of debate

Arsenal were in full control against Wolves at Molineux on Tuesday before David Luiz once again found himself at the centre of controversy.

The Gunners were up by a goal thanks to Nicolas Pepe’s solo effort but the match was turned on its head deep into first-half stoppage time. 

Willian Jose was played in behind the Gunners defence and Luiz trailed close behind as the Wolves striker got ready to strike.

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The Brazilian defender appeared to clip Jose as he sprinted towards goal, sending the recent signing from Real Sociedad to the ground. 

Craig Pawson was quick to award Wolves a penalty and issue Luiz a straight red card and upon a VAR review, both decisions were upheld.

Ruben Neves converted the ensuing spot-kick as the match would go into half-time level at 1-1.

Goal’s View – Arsenal Correspondent Charles Watts:

“It’s an incredible decision to send Luiz off.

“In real time, it’s understandable that Craig Pawson thought it was a red, but VAR should have overturned it straight away.

“There is no intent from Luiz, he didn’t try to make a tackle. All it takes is one look at the replay and it’s clear that the contact – if you can call it that – came when Willian Jose pulled his foot back to shoot and clipped Luiz’s knee.

“Arsenal, who had played so well up to that point, have every right to feel very hard done by.”

What Twitter said:

Luiz has now earned three red cards and conceded six penalties since signing for Arsenal in August 2019 – both Premier League highs. 

But there was plenty of debate around his most recent sending off. Some believed Pawson got it spot on, others thought the penalty call was correct but the red card harsh, while still others thought it wasn’t a foul at all.

I am NEVER one to defend David Luiz but that is so insanely harsh lmao

— Aaron West (@oeste) February 2, 2021

That is not accidental, when David Luiz is involved. Sorry.

— Maximiliano Bretos (@MaxBretosSports) February 2, 2021

Since David Luiz signed for Arsenal in August 2019:

3⃣ red cards
6⃣ penalties conceded

• No other Premier League player has received more than 2 red cards or conceded more than 3 penalties#WOLARS pic.twitter.com/0HG6n48xj2

— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) February 2, 2021

So if David Luiz slides in and takes the guy down, he gets a yellow card? That is absurd.

— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) February 2, 2021

Unreal. Best 45 minutes of the season from Arsenal, then that happens in the final few seconds.

Looked like Luiz tripped himself up from the one replay I’ve seen so far and knocked Jose over.

— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) February 2, 2021

HALF-TIME! Wolves 1-1 Arsenal.

Things were going so well for Arsenal before David Luiz remembered he was David Luiz.

— Paddy Power (@paddypower) February 2, 2021

Nobody suits defensive misfortune on a wet day more than David Luiz. He looks perfectly bedraggled every time.

— Seb Stafford-Bloor (@SebSB) February 2, 2021

Yes, it’s a penalty, and it’s needless from David Luiz, but I can’t help but feel like a straight red is harsh.

— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) February 2, 2021

That’s a ‘reputation’ red card. If Holding does that I bet he’s not sent off.

— Tim Stillman (@Stillberto) February 2, 2021

That’s the thing with David Luiz. He can play well for weeks on end. But you know he’s never far away from dropping an absolute clanger.

— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) February 2, 2021

David Luiz 👋 pic.twitter.com/kKbQ713Fgc

— Goal (@goal) February 2, 2021

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