Arsenal have confirmed that they followed all concussion protocols before allowing David Luiz to continue the game following a horrific clash of heads with Raul Jimenez.
Just five minutes into Wolves ’ 2-1 win at the Emirates, the Arsenal defender went up for a header only to collide with Jimenez.
Both players were down, with the pair receiving treatment for over 10 minutes.
Jimenez was immediately sent to hospital, where he will undergo scans to assess the severity of the injury.
Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed the Mexican was conscious and talking, but a full prognosis has yet to be established.
Luiz meanwhile, was thrown back into the action, despite visibly bleeding into a bandage wrapped around his forehead.
The Brazilian completed the first 45, but he was not to return, with Rob Holding taking his place in the second period.
That raised alarms that Luiz shouldn’t have returned to the field of play, but the Gunners have insisted all guidelines were followed.
If that is the case, it means club doctor Gary O’Driscoll will have had the final say on whether he was able to continue.]
FA and Premier League guidelines make it clear that if a player is concussed, they must be substituted immediately.
Arteta confirmed that he was removed from the game due to concerns with the cut, rather than an issue with concussion.
He told Sky Sports: “David is OK. He has a nasty cut and he was conscious. They did all the tests for him, he was completely fine, but he wasn’t comfortable playing with that.
“Obviously really worried for Jimenez because it looked really nasty. When you see the reaction of the players, that concern, you know that something bad is happening.
“We would like to send him our best wishes, his family as well who are probably suffering, and we hope it’s not as bad as it looks.”
Luiz: “First of all, the doc has to check, there’s a protocol, they have to check he hasn’t lost any consciousness, which he didn’t.
“They have some tests they have to do before putting him on the pitch, then David was just concerned about the cut, nothing else.
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“They will continue to do some checks, obviously, in the next few hours, but he was fine.”
“He was very uncomfortable, he could not really head the ball and obviously a central defender that cannot head the ball cannot continue playing football.”
Away from the incident, it was another miserable night for Mikel Arteta’s men as they fell to yet another home defeat.
Wolves opened the scoring through Pedro Neto, before Gabriel put them back on terms with a thumping header.
But with Wolves’ attacking players creating a number of opportunites, Daniel Podence put them back in front with a magical strike.
The defeat leaves Arsenal in 14 place in the Premier League, with a paltry 13 points for their opening 10 Premier League games.
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