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