Arsenal defeat to Man City shows size of Mikel Arteta task as Champions League dream dead

Arsenal defeat to Man City shows size of Mikel Arteta task as Champions League dream dead

Only signed a year ago from Chelsea, Luiz’s contract expires in less than two weeks’ time and he might have to agree to a heavily-restructured contract if he is to stay.

This performance perhaps showed why he shouldn’t, although Arteta spoke in January of the 33-year-old’s “powerful” leadership, experience and personality.

His error saw him equal the Premier League record for most penalties conceded by an individual in a single season, with this his fourth.

By contrast, he conceded just three in 160 English top-flight matches for Chelsea. He has averaged a red card once every 13 games for Arsenal, and a penalty conceded every 6.5 games.

If Luiz’s contract is not extended, his suspension – if upheld – will mean this was his final match for the north London club, and it will provide a sorry finish to what has been a tumultuous 12 months at Arsenal.

Published at Wed, 17 Jun 2020 23:00:00 +0000