MARTIN KEOWN: David Luiz and Bernd Leno handed Wolves this win on a plate as their costly red cards crushed Arsenal’s chances on a horrible night for Mikel Arteta
- Arsenal’s seven-game unbeaten run came to an end at Wolves on Tuesday night
- Mikel Arteta’s men never stood a chance after being reduced to just nine men
- David Luiz and Bernd Leno made costly mistakes and left their team in the lurch
Arsenal handed Wolves this win on a plate. I can recall being sent off against Spurs at White Hart Lane in 1999.
That left us down to nine men, with Freddie Ljungberg having already been dismissed, though my second yellow card came in stoppage time.
At Molineux on Tuesday night, David Luiz made a mistake, then Bernd Leno made a very costly miscalculation in the 72nd minute.
It was a horrible night for Mikel Arteta as Wolves came from behind to beat them on Tuesday
David Luiz made a mistake after conceding a penalty for a foul and receiving a second yellow
You might be able to snatch something with 10 men, but nine crushes your chances and left Mikel Arteta on a hiding to nothing.
Leno took a risk by rushing out of his box — the speedy Adama Traore’s presence perhaps made him uncomfortable — and he played volleyball instead of football.
With nine men from then on, Arsenal’s formation became 4-4-0. The job of the two banks of four was to stop Wolves making matters worse.
Arsenal wanted to keep it at 2-1 in the hope one chance would fall their way late on. Having said that, they could have done with going for it more in the final few minutes.
This was a horrible night for Arteta and one of huge frustration after Arsenal’s seven-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.
Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno was also sent off and left Arteta’s men no chance of winning after