Luiz was fouled by Sanchez before red, claims Conte

Aubrey Yates
September 19, 2017

The Brazilian global produced a reckless challenge on the Gunners' defender Sead Kolasinac, which saw him given his marching orders late on.

"In the end, we'll try to pay more attention in the future. He will be missed but we have good players on the bench". I hope, also, to be more lucky with the refereeing decisions - for us, and also for the opponents.

"We have great respect for them [officials], but it is very unusual to finish a third game in a row against Arsenal with 10 men".

The second period was a tighter affair, the Blues' frustrations boiling over in the closing minutes when Luiz was shown red for his reckless challenge on Kolasinac.

As well as the run of reds against Arsenal, Chelsea have had three sending offs in five league matches this season, Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas having been given their marching orders against Burnley on the opening weekend.

Luiz will now sit out as he completes a three-game ban.

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The Gunners might have won at Chelsea for the first time since October 2011 but Alexandre Lacazette shot wide after Aaron Ramsey had hit the post.

And yet the Brazil global may have feared dismissal earlier in the half when his flying overhead kick caught Laurent Koscielny near the face in the penalty area - before referee Michael Oliver issued a yellow card. All I can say now is it is very important to see what happened before the David Luiz tackle; for sure there was a foul.

Oliver clearly deemed this not to be the case with Luiz's challenge on Koscielny - but it will not stop the debate.

The Chelsea manager would in any case have played a young team against Championship side Forest tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge, and it is promising young Dane Andreas Christensen who is once again set to get the call.

Just moments before his red card the 30-year-old Brazilian was involved in a tussle with Sanchez, that could have been deemed as a foul by some.

The defender has made a major impact since joining the Gunners on a free transfer from Schalke this summer and helped Arsene Wenger's side to take a hard-earned point yesterday as they drew 0-0 away to Chelsea. "Sometimes [this season] the opponents deserved a red card but, instead, they carry on playing with 11 men".

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