FA Cup final referee Anthony Taylor has Arsenal record David Luiz will hate

Arsenal defender David Luiz will need to be extra careful with his tackles in the box this afternoon with Anthony Taylor refereeing the FA Cup final.

Arsenal take on Chelsea in the Wembley showpiece with both Frank Lampard and Mikel Arteta looking to win their first piece of silverware as a manager.

Luiz starts at the back for the Gunners and Arsenal fans will be hoping he puts in the sort of display that helped beat Manchester City in the semis.

However, the Brazilian has given away three penalties this season – with Taylor awarding all three spot-kicks.

Taylor also sent him off in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the league after Luiz conceded a penalty.

David Luiz received a red card from referee Anthony Taylor against Manchester City earlier this season
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Luiz has in fact conceded five penalties this season – a Premier League record – with Taylor also being in charge during Arsenals 3-1 defeat to Liverpool back in August when Mo Salah was fouled inside the box.

In good news for Chelsea, Taylor has taken charge of three Arsenal games this term and awarded a penalty against them each time.

Taylor admits he was surprised he got the call up to take charge of today’s encounter with this his second FA Cup final.

David Luiz has conceded three penalties this term when Anthony Taylor has been in charge
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He said: “It was a little bit unexpected to get the call, having already refereed the FA Cup final a couple of years ago, so I’m very humbled and equally honoured to have been asked to take charge of the final again.

“It’s just an iconic occasion at the best of times, but this year is a unique…