David Luiz: Arsenal defender explains reason behind disastrous performance in Man City loss


David Luiz has hinted he wishes Arsenal had clarified his future before playing in the club’s first Premier League game back since the suspension due to coronavirus.

The Brazilian was at fault for Raheem Sterling’s opening goal and then fouled Riyad Mahrez to concede a penalty, earning a red card in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.

The former Chelsea star’s contract will expire at the end of this month but there is an option to extend it by a further 12 months, yet Luiz expressed his frustration at a lack of clarity over whether the Gunners will activate that option.

“I should have taken a different decision in the last two months,” Luiz said when attempting to explain his disastrous performance.

“I didn’t. It was all about my contract, if I stay here or not…. to try to decide as early as possible (my future) but I didn’t.

“I love to be here, that’s why I continue to train hard, that’s why I came here today, that’s why I say to all the players ‘nobody needs to speak, I have to show my face’. I want to stay, the coach wants me to stay. We are waiting for the decision.”

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