8am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: David Luiz red card appeal, Ozil makes Fenerbahce debut, Wolves reaction

NINE-man Arsenal were left bruised and beaten at Molineux as they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Wolves.

David Luiz and Bernd Leno were sent off, while in Turkey Mesut Ozil has made his Fenerbahce debut.

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  • sstreet

    SEEING RED

    Mikel Arteta says Arsenal are likely to appeal David Luiz's red card against Wolves.

    He commented: "Sat here, I would say yes, let's go straight away.

    "But we have to speak with legal and the club and make the decision what the best thing to do is.

    "I've seen the replay 10 times from five different angles, and I cannot see any contact. I would like to see if VAR have different angles

    "I don't want to think that [the decision was made on David Luiz's reputation].

    "I'm sure they made the decision based on seeing something. I was expecting to see something but didn't see anything."

  • Richard Forrester

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS,

    Mikel Arteta says he plans on appealing David Luiz's red card in the 2-1 defeat to Wolves, saying ‘I cannot see any contact’.

    Luiz was shown a straight red in the second minute of first-half stoppage time after appearing to make contact with Willian Jose.

    The resulting penalty was tucked away by Ruben Neves to level the scores after Nicolas Pepe put Arsenal ahead at Molineux.

    And Wolves made their extra man count in the second half when Joao Moutinho fired in a screamer soon after the break.

    Boss Arteta said: “I’ve just seen the replay ten times in five different angles and I cannot see any contact.

    “If I’m sitting here now I would say yes (we will appeal). We have to speak with legal at the club and see what the best thing is to do.

    “It’s hard enough to win football games in the league. Those big decisions are like that but it’s nothing we can change at the moment.

    “The way we lost the game really hurts, it’s painful. If there’s any contact it’s Jose with David.

    “I don’t know if they have a different angle to what they have or you have.

    “It was a big decision and they can justfiy if they got it right then I put my hands up and apologise.

    “The only thing I’m saying is I’m sitting here and I cannot see any contact and it’s really frustrating because it’s a big moment in the game.”

    Elsewhere on the transfer front, Arsenal and Manchester City are set for a transfer tussle for Inter Milan’s £35million full-back Achraf Hakimi.

    The Moroccan star only arrived from Real Madrid last summer but a growing financial crisis at Inter may force the Italian giants to cash in.

    Hakimi has reportedly been tipped by Arsenal scouts as a potential replacement for Hector Bellerin, while Chelsea are long-term admirers of the former Borussia Dortmund loanee.

    Now Manchester City are hoping to trump their Premier League rivals in the summer, according to Calciomercato.

  • Joe Brophy

    RACE STORM

    Exclusive by Charlie Wyett: Arsenal launched a racism investigation into an allegation against one of their top youth coaches who resigned before it was completed.

    Marcel Lucassen, 57, left the club for 'family reasons' after nearly 2½ years as head of coach and player development.

    The surprise departure followed allegations the Dutchman made a racist comment towards Ryan Garry.

    Garry, 37, who is assistant to Under-23s boss Steve Bould, made the complaint to Per Mertesacker, Arsenal’s academy manager.

    During a lengthy process involving the club’s HR department, and with the PFA having been made aware of the claims, Lucassen made the decision to quit.

    SunSport understands that he has not admitted any wrongdoing.

    A club spokesman said: “He resigned.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ARTETA ON LUIZ'S RED CARD

    He said: “I’ve just seen the replay ten times in five different angles and I cannot see any contact.

    “If I’m sitting here now I would say yes (we will appeal). We have to speak with legal at the club and see what the best thing is to do.

    “It’s hard enough to win football games in the league. Those big decisions are like that but it’s nothing we can change at the moment.

    “The way we lost the game really hurts, it’s painful. If there’s any contact it’s Jose with David.

    “I don’t know if they have a different angle to what they have or you have.

    “It was a big decision and they can justfiy if they got it right then I put my hands up and apologise.

    “The only thing I’m saying is I’m sitting here and I cannot see any contact and it’s really frustrating because it’s a big moment in the game.”

  • Joe Brophy

    LU-DRICIOUS

    David Luiz has slammed his ‘unbelievable’ red card against Wolves.

  • Joe Brophy

    ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE – 7 (subbed half-time)

    Set up Saka for what looked like a classy opener but the Frenchman was offside in the build up.

    Worked hard and his centre-forward play – holding the ball up and linking up with the midfielders – was decent.

    Unfortunate to be hooked at the break as part of the re-shuffle after Luiz’s red.

  • Joe Brophy

    BUKAYO SAKA – 7

    Came out the blocks at 1,000mph. Tidy right-footed finish from the edge of the box after ten minutes but unfortunate to see it disallowed for offside.

    Tried his best to make something happen amid the madness for the remainder.

    EMILE SMITH ROWE – 5
    Relatively ineffective. Was the quietest of Arsenal's attacking quartet in the first-half.

    Surprised to see Lacazette subbed instead of him at half-time.

    NICOLAS PEPE – 8 (subbed, 60mins)
    Wonderful strike to put the Gunners 1-0 up just past the half hour mark.

    Showed grit and desire to win the ball back off Wolves inside their own half before somehow nut-megging two defenders and bending a delightful right-footed effort into the top right corner.

    Can feel harshly treated to have been subbed when he was as he looked like Arsenal's most dangerous player.

  • Joe Brophy

    CEDRIC – 5

    Looked a little out of his depth in an unfamiliar left-back role but didn't commit any heinous mistakes.

    Worked hard defensively and attacked when he could.

    GRANIT XHAKA – 5
    Underwhelming.

    Booked for a dopey trip on the hour mark. Another bemusing performance.

    THOMAS PARTEY – 5 (subbed, 74mins)
    Booked for a cynical foul on Adama Traore as he tried to break out for the home side.

    Looked a little rusty when on the ball or joining in with attacks.

  • Joe Brophy

    HECTOR BELLERIN – 5

    Very quiet night. Not heavily involved. Couple of probing runs as Arsenal chased an equaliser.

    Nothing special, nothing awful. Earned his money.

    ROB HOLDING – 6
    Dealt with Wolves' limited attacking threat before the break.

    Stunned but helpless for the home side's goals either side of half-time but performed well to keep Wolves at bay alongside Gabriel in the second-half.

    DAVID LUIZ – 3
    Brainless challenge on the stroke of half-time saw him sent off and Wolves pull level through Raul Neves' emphatic resulting penalty.

    Had looked fairly solid until that point but a totally unnecessary trademark 'head's gone' moment saw his team's excellent first-half work undone in a flash.

  • Joe Brophy

    REDS SEE RED

    Arsenal had an absolute nightmare at Molineux as David Luiz and Bernd Leno were both sent-off in a 2-1 defeat for the Gunners.

    Mikel Arteta's men and here's what SunSport's William Pugh thought of the Gunners' individual performances.

    BERND LENO – 4
    Solid save from Nelson Semedo's long range effort after 22 minutes.

    Could do nothing with Neves' perfectly placed penalty or Moutinho's wonder strike.

    Zippy bounce saw his natural instinct kick in as his fist connected with the waist-high ball to compound matters for his team. Can't be too hard on him.

  • Joe Brophy

    FAREWELL PEN

    Arsenal fans joked that David Luiz made a 'perfect tribute' to former Gunner Shkodran Mustafi on Tuesday night.

    The Brazilian defender's awful error on the stroke of half-time turned Premier League clash with Wolves on its head.

    A fan tweeted: "David Luiz Red Card and Pen. A Mustafi tribute. We will never forget you Mustafi."

    Another social media user said: "Good tribute to Mustafi tho, that foul from Luiz."

    One post read: "Special tribute to Mustafi there by Luiz."

  • Joe Brophy

    EARLY BATHS

    Joao Moutinho skipped through the puddles to break his Molineux duck with a screamer to end Wolves’ eight-match winless league streak – on a night when Arsenal went quackers!

    Then dedicated his first home goal to his recovering Wolves teammate Raul Jimenez who was watching from the sidelines.

    Read Graeme Bryce's match report HERE.

  • Joe Brophy

    WOLVES 2-1 ARSENAL

    A horror second-half for the Gunners as the hosts take the lead before Bernd Leno is sent off for handling the ball outside the area.

    Arsenal are now down to nine…

  • Joe Brophy

    HT: WOLVES 1-1 ARSENAL

    David Luiz conceded a late penalty on Willian Jose as he ran through on goal and it was a red card for the Arsenal defender!!!!!

    Ruben Neves thumped the ball into the top right hand corner and the two sides headed into the break level.

    Keep up to date with SunSport's Live Blog HERE.

  • Joe Brophy

    WOLVES 0 ARSENAL 1

    Nicolas Pepe has put the Gunners ahead with a sensational solo goal.

  • Joe Brophy

    LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

    Fans from across Europe have united to slam plans for a European Super League.

    Supporters from 15 countries and those representing more than 30 clubs including all of the Prem’s Big Six condemned the proposals.

    In a joint statement, the fans’ groups described the Super League project as “an unpopular, illegitimate and dangerous scheme”.

    They added: “It would destroy the European model of sport, which is based on sporting merit, promotion and relegation, qualifying via domestic success and financial solidarity.

    “It would also undermine the economic foundations of European football, concentrating even more wealth and power in the hands of a dozen or so elite clubs”.

  • Joe Brophy

    TURKISH DELIGHT

    Mesut Ozil made a winning start to life at Fenerbache – his first taste of competitive action for 322 days.

    The 32-year-old came off the bench in a 2-1 victory at Hatayspor.

  • Joe Brophy

    ART OF DEFENCE

    Despite Arsenal languishing in tenth spot in the table, Mikel Arteta has transformed their defence since succeeding Unai Emery at the Emirates.

    The Gunners may have already lost eight games in the top-flight so far, but the club boast the second best defensive record in the league.

  • Joe Brophy

    CUTTING COSTS

    A new report has found that the coronavirus pandemic led clubs across the top five leagues to cut their transfer activity by 70 percent.

    The Football Index study revealed that just £231million was spent on new players in January, compared to £781m last winter.

    The transfer deficit across Europe also shrank from £333m to £85m in just 12 months.

    Premier League clubs spent just £68m during the recent window, compared to £188m at the start of 2020.

  • Joe Brophy

    HAK ATTACK

    Arsenal and Manchester City are set for a transfer tussle for Inter Milan’s £35million full-back Achraf Hakimi.

    The Moroccan star only arrived from Real Madrid last summer but a growing financial crisis at Inter may force the Italian giants to cash in.

    Hakimi has reportedly been tipped by Arsenal scouts as a potential replacement for Hector Bellerin, while Chelsea are long-term admirers of the former Borussia Dortmund loanee.

    Now Manchester City are hoping to trump their Premier League rivals in the summer, according to Calciomercato.

  • Josh Graham

    MUST BE JOKING

    Arsenal icon Paul Merson has tipped Shkodran Mustafi to disappoint at Schalke after the defender linked up with the German side on a free transfer.

    The 28-year-old centre-back had his contract at the Emirates terminated on Monday, allowing him to sign for the Bundesliga outfit.

    The World Cup winner has also joined his former Gunners team-mate Sead Kolasinac at struggling Schalke, with the left-back joining on loan earlier in the winter transfer window.

    Asked by Sky Sports whether Arsenal can afford to let the player depart North London, Merson declared they can, as he referenced the German outfit's awful form.

    He said: "Yeah, and he'll keep that record going at Schalke.”

  • Josh Graham

    IN THE RED

    Arsenal have lost a staggering £236million in transfer fees since 2010.

    The Gunners may have eased their wage bill by offloading expensive flops for free but analysis by Swiss Ramble on the club's recruitment does not make for pretty reading.

    Mesut Ozil cost £42.3m and left for free as did compatriot Shkodran Mustafi who had set the North Londonders back £36.9m

  • Josh Graham

    FED TO THE WOLVES

    Last time Arsenal played Wolves at Molineux, Alexandre Lacazette did the business.

  • Josh Graham

    LEFT IN THE LURCH

    Arsenal have promoted Spanish academy left-back Joel Lopez to the first team ahead of tonight's clash with Wolves.

    The Gunners are short of options in the position with Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka struggling with injuries.

    Joel Lopez in Arsenal's first-team trainingCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Other alternatives Sead Kolasianc and Ainsley Maitland-Niles were shipped out on loan.

    Cedric Soares has been deputising but with the fixture pile-up continuing, Mikel Arteta could use the former Barca star Lopez, 18, who has impressed with the Under-23s.

  • Josh Graham

    MORE ON ARSENAL EUROPA LEAGUE CHAOS

    If Arsenal cannot do that – the Gunners are responsible for covering all the costs of the rescheduled game – they would “be held responsible” and forfeit the game 3-0.

    But with similar border restrictions facing the Gunners after the away leg, Uefa also make the same demands on Benfica for the second part of the tie.

    Germany has already been proposed as a potential venue after the knock-out phase of last season’s Europa League was played there last summer.

    Uefa would prefer the chosen venue to be a “Uefa-approved” stadium being used in this season’s competition.

    Euro chiefs can overrule the clubs’ choice of stadium and could, if necessary, order the tie to be played as a one-off game in a neutral venue of their choosing.

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