2pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: David Luiz red card appeal, Tierney could return at Villa, Ozil Fenerbahce debut

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

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

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  • Chisanga Malata

    APPEAL TIME

    Arsenal are set to appeal the red card issues to David Luiz in Tuesday's defeat to Wolves.

    The centre-back was given his marching orders in first-half stoppage time after a minor collision with Willan Jose.

    Replays showed the contact took place before Luiz's knee clipped Jose's foot, footage Arsenal hope will result in the Brazilian's red card being overturned.

    David Luiz was sent off after a minor challenge on Wolves' Willian JoseCredit: supplied by Pixel8000
  • Chisanga Malata

    ARTETA PROVIDES RYAN UPDATE

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is hopeful of having January signing Matt Ryan available in the coming days.

    The Spaniard said of Ryan: “He had a muscular issue and in the last two days he hasn’t been able to train.

    Hopefully we can get him back in the next few days.”

  • Chisanga Malata

    GARY LINEKER'S THOUGHTS ON ARSENAL'S TWO RED CARDS

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker mocked Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Twitter shortly after the final whistle, referencing the two red cards the Gunners received in their ill-fated trip to Molineux.

    He tweeted: "Red cards 2 Arsenal."

  • Chisanga Malata

    TIERNEY INJURY UPDATE

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is hopeful Kieran Tierney will be available for the Gunners' trip to Aston Villa on Saturday.

    Speaking after his side's 2-1 defeat to Wolves, the Spaniard said:

    "He wasn’t close at all [to playing on Tuesday].

    "Hopefully in the next few days he feels much better and he can come into the team and help us in this moment where we have so many games."

    Mikel Arteta hopes to have Kieran Tierney available for Saturday's visit to Aston VillaCredit: Rex Features
  • Chisanga Malata

    FRIMPONG DIGS OUT MIKEL ARTETA

    Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has questioned Mikel Arteta's decision to sub Alexandre Lacazette in the Gunners' 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Tuesday.

    He tweeted: "Sorry Mikel but why did u take Lacazette off."

    Alexandre Lacazette was substituted in Arsenal's 2-1 loss to WolvesCredit: Simon Whitehead/News Images
  • Chisanga Malata

    QUICK DELETE

    Granit Xhaka has deleted a photo of himself angrily pointing at referee Craig Pawson during Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Tuesday night.

    Xhaka posted the snap to his Instagram but hastily deleted it, replacing it with a picture of himself remonstrating.

    Granit Xhaka deleted this image from his Instagram page
  • Chisanga Malata

    WRIGHTY'S VERDICT

    Arsenal's second leading all-time goalscorer Ian Wright has given his thoughts on the red cards David Luiz and Bernd Leno received in the Gunners' 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Tuesday night.

    He told Premier League Productions:"The way he’s supposedly meant to have challenged him and stopped a goalscoring opportunity when he’s round the back of him, I just can’t understand that one.

    "Maybe it’s because I’m an Arsenal man but it’s very tough to take, especially how we started.

    "We started the game so well. It was a brilliant start for Arsenal. I thought this was one of those where if they could have taken a couple of those chances early on – they hit the post and hit the bar – it could have been a romp.

    David Luiz was given his marching orders for clipping the heels of Willian JoseCredit: supplied by Pixel8000

    "But David Luiz on the halfway line, he goes in and gets caught out coming back.

    "He clips him on the back, it just really seems so harsh for him to get a sending off. It’s very hard to take for Arsenal fans."

    On Leno's dismissal, Wright said:"I don’t know what he’s doing there, he’s got himself in all sorts of problems. You can see it on his face there.

    "He’s come out, he’s mistimed it, it’s skidded off the surface and it’s an obvious red card."

  • Chisanga Malata

    JUVE EYE ARSENAL TARGET

    Italian champions Juventus are reportedly interested in signing Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.

    Calciomercato claim Juve have identified the 22-year-old – who is still on the radar of Arsenal – as an alternative to Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

    The Old Lady are eager to re-sign Pogba but are prepared to move in for Aouar if it becomes apparent United won’t let the World Cup winner leave Old Trafford.

    Juventus are reportedly interested in signing Houssem AouarCredit: EPA
  • Chisanga Malata

    'GLIMPSES OF WHY THEY INVESTED SO HEAVILY IN HIM'

    Rio Ferdinand reckons Arsenal's record signing, Nicholas Pepe, is beginning to justify his £72million price tag.

    He told BT Sport: “Pepe has got his swagger back.

    “We have mentioned the press being so successful for this Arsenal team coming into this game.

    “Here they saw it, they smelt it and they went in and win the ball, Pepe himself wins it first and then it’s about him from here.

    “He puts it through [Nelson] Semedo’s legs, a bit of luck and a bit of trickery, shuffles his way through and this finish is just sublime. What a finish off his right foot.

    “He’s starting to show glimpses of why they invested so heavily in him.”

  • Chisanga Malata

    'NEVER A RED CARD'

    John Terry has leapt to the defence of his former Chelsea team-mate David Luiz after seeing him sent off in Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Tuesday night.

    He wrote: "Never a red card! Double jeopardy. Anyone who has ever played the game can see David never attempts to play the ball!!!

    "He actually pulls out of the challenge. Which means penalty but no red card, you obviously don't play and also check the rules yourself."

  • Chisanga Malata

    'DELIGHTED TO GET JOE'

    Newcastle boss Steve Bruce admits he's thrilled with the club's loan deal for Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock and hopes the midfielder can give his side a much-needed 'spark'.

    Speaking after the Magpies' 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, he said: "Joe's got energy and can score goals from midfield.

    "He's a talent and hopefully he can provide us with that bit of quality.

    "He'll start training with us tomorrow and hopefully he'll be ready for Saturday. 

    "We always wanted more through the door but one or two, unfortunately, fell away but we're delighted to get Joe.

    "He's something different and will benefit everybody. Let's hope he can perform and give us a spark."

  • Chisanga Malata

    'A FLAW IN HIS GAME'

    Former Premier League referee Keith Hackett has claimed David Luiz needs to have 'the laws of the game' explained to him following his dismissal in Arsenal's 2-1 loss to Wolves on Tuesday night.

    He told The Daily Telegraph: “Arsenal need to put in a call to referees chief Mike Riley and get him to sit down with David Luiz and explain the laws of the game.

    “Once again, the Brazilian has committed a careless foul inside the penalty area, giving the referee no option but to show him a red card. Luiz has committed this blunder several times in his career.

    “It is obviously a flaw in his game which he needs to sort out. The irony is Luiz might have avoided his early bath.

    “If he had understood the law for denying an opponent a scoring opportunity and had attempted to play the ball then instead of the red card he would have received a yellow.”

  • Chisanga Malata

    BELLERIN FUMES

    Hector Bellerin has urged his Arsenal team-mates to stop sabotaging themselves with needless red cards.

    Speaking after the Gunners' 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Tuesday night, Bellerin said: "One hundred per cent [we’ve had too many red cards].

    “We’ve shown that when we’re 11 against 11 on that pitch, it’s completely different.

    We had complete control in the first half and we probably should have been 2-0 up by the end of it. We paid for those mistakes.

    “I always say that teams are not beating us, we are losing against ourselves. It’s for us to learn.

    "Hopefully, this will be the last time. We were on such a good run, great momentum, great confidence in the team.

    “We just need to forget this step because situations like this are not going to happen very often. We’ll go on to the next one.”

  • Chisanga Malata

    BELLERIN

    Hector Bellerin has appeared to have sent a cryptic message to referee Craig Pawson, who sent off two Arsenal players in their 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Tuesday night.

    Shortly after the match, the full-back tweeted a picture of Pawson fist-bumping Wolves skipper Conor Coady.

    It would appear Spaniard isn't pleased with how friendly Pawson was being with the opposition.

  • Chisanga Malata

    ARTETA KEEN ON HAKIMI

    Arsenal are said to be keen on signing Inter Milan winger Achraf Hakimi.

    The Gunners, according to Calciomercato, are said to be ‘ready to attack’ the Nerazzurri in the summer to sign the Morocco international.

    Inter are reportedly willing to listen to offers for the former Real Madrid man as they're eager to alleviate their financial woes.

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    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.

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