Arsenal defender David Luiz, whose contract at the club is coming to a close by end of the month has accepted responsibility for their 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.
The 33-year-old defender has spoken about their humiliating defeat last night by Manchester City saying he is willing to take responsibility for the loss even though he had been on bench before the game started.
“It’s my fault,” David Luiz said. “The team did well, especially with 10 men. The coach is amazing, all the players are amazing, it was my fault.
“I want to be here. The coach knows. He wants me to stay.”
Even though his contract is due, David Luiz still loves the club and wants to continue playing for the Gunners for a little longer. He had joined Arsenal last summer after moving from Chelsea for £8m (UGX 37,297,384,960).
David Luiz blames himself for Arsenal’s defeat at Manchester City
Luiz came on in the 24th minute of the game after Pablo Mari was injured, and was at fault for Raheem Sterling’s opener. He later put down Riyad Mahrez leading to a penalty that cost the team the game and was also sent off leaving them with a 10-man squad.
The suspension will mean he has played his final game for Arsenal unless he extends his deal that ends later this month. Arsenal’s head coach Mikel Arteta also stated that his move to omit Ozil cost them dearly and David Luiz play was little rusty.
“I should have taken a different decision in the last two months but I didn’t,” he told Sky Sports.
“All about my contract, if I stay here or not. I have 14 days to be here and that’s it. I should have tried to decide my future as early as possible, but I didn’t. I don’t want to use that as an alibi or excuse, it’s my fault – that’s it. I love to be here. That’s why I continue to train hard.”
Arsenal’s head coach Mikel Arteta has, however, stated that Luiz’s display at the Man City game won’t have any bearing on the decision concerning his contract at the club and whether he wishes to stay.
Arteta said there was a reason why he did not select David Luiz from the start against Manchester City after the Brazil defender’s disastrous appearance from the bench contributed to their defeat.
“He has spoken in the dressing room,” Arteta said. “David is someone who is very honest.
“My opinion has not changed from the moment I joined the team and it won’t change because of a difficult performance tonight.”
Author: Allan Bangirana
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