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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta set an unwanted Premier League record after the Gunners’ defeat against Wolves on Tuesday night.
David Luiz and Bernd Leno were both sent off as Arsenal went down to nine men and threw away their 1-0 lead at Molineux. Leno’s red card set a record for Arteta, as he has now reached nine red cards in the shortest period as a manager in Premier League history.
Luiz’s red card was controversial as he was judged to have taken Willian Jose down inside the penalty area, with Ruben Neves tucking away the penalty despite there being very limited contact.
But there could be no debate about the second, as Leno rushed out of his goal to try and clear the ball.
The goalkeeper raced out of the penalty area to beat Adama Traore to the ball, but mis-judged the bounce of the ball.
As he jumped to try and clear the ball, he attempted to control the ball with his midriff but instead swiped the ball out of play with his clenched fist.
He received an instant red card, and was replaced by Runar Alex Runarsson.
Arsenal fans slam 'calamity' Bernd Leno after farcical red card
That red card was the ninth of Arteta’s time at the club in just 42 games.
As a result, he has now reached that figure quicker than any other manager in history – ahead of David Moyes, Marco Silva, Sam Allardyce and Gordon Strachan.
Speaking afterwards, Arteta admitted he hadn’t spoken with Leno about the incident, but appeared to sympathise with the goalkeeper.
“No but I imagine he makes the decision in the split of a second, he makes the reaction naturally to try and stop the ball,” he said. “There's nothing he can do.”
Arteta continued by admitting the manner of defeat was tough to take, saying: “Yes the way we lost the game is where it really hurts, it's painful.
“I have to take the positives, the way the team is evolving, the way the team played against this opponent which is really difficult to attack, the amount of chances that we created but we leave the ground and have 0 points and lost two important players.”
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