Arteta unclear on David Luiz’ future

Manchester City 3-0 Arsenal – Reaction

ARSENAL HEAD COACH, Mikel Arteta, confessed he is unclear on whether troubled defender, David Luiz, will remain with the club come the end of the campaign.

The experienced Brazilian had a night to forget as the Gunners returned to Premier League action in the North West, allowing Raheem Sterling an opportunity to open the scoring on the stroke of half-time before hauling down Riyad Mahrez and subsequently receiving a red card before Kevin De Bruyne doubled Manchester City’s lead from the penalty spot.

“I don’t know what will happen with his contract,” the Spaniard explained.

“I know what happened today, I know the way that David reacted. I know him well, not only as a player but as a person as well. 

“He can handle these situations and it was a reason why I didn’t select him from the start and he had to play because Pablo got injured. 

“He is always going to try to give you his best with the condition that he’s at and he’s tried again, but it didn’t work out for him or the team. That’s it.”

Arsenal’s evening was compounded further with troublesome injuries picked up by Pablo Mari and Granit Xhaka: They are getting assessed at the moment then we will know something more tomorrow morning. Pablo’s one didn’t look very good to be fair,” Arteta added.

The Gunners chief explained the issues faced playing in an empty stadium and under stringent guidelines, explaining: “All the surroundings are completely different to what we are used to but we have to adapt. 

“We are playing football again which is what we love to do and hopefully helping people with that and today’s game we have a lot of conditions, one of them we did just before the game.

“I think it is a very strong message. I think it is creating a very unique message around the world, what we are trying to achieve. 

“I think some behaviours are going to change hopefully. We’ve seen the things that are happening and if we can contribute to that a little bit then great.”

(Quotes courtesy of Arsenal Football Club)

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