David Luiz has blamed his nightmare cameo against Manchester City on Wednesday night on his contract situation at the club.
Luiz came on as a substitute in the 24th minute for the injured Pablo Mari, and was guilty for City’s first goal, allowing a ball to bounce off his thigh for Raheem Stirling to score.
Worse was to follow for the Brazilian after half-time when he hauled down Riyad Mahrez in the box, conceding a penalty and picking up a red card into the bargain. Kevin de Bruyne duly slotted home the spot kick.
Luiz will now miss the next two cards because it was his second dismissal of the season.
Later Luiz took full responsibility for the defeat, admitting that it was all his fault. He also admitted that his contractual position at the Emirates is weighing heavily on his mind. His current deal expires on June 30th, and the club have not yet indicated whether they are prepared to extend it.
For many Gunners fans though it is a no-brainer. After his performance against City, many would be happy if he never pulls on an Arsenal shirt again in his life.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.