Luiz opens up on disastrous display

English Premier League

Arsenal defender David Luiz has broken silence after his disastrous performance in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City, while manager Mikel Arteta confirmed he's keen on offering him a new deal.

Luiz, 33, came on as a substitute in the 24th minute after an injury to centre-back Pablo Mari and was at fault for the opening goal on the stroke of half-time.

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The Brazil international who's developed an error-prone reputation then conceded a penalty and earned a red card barely two minutes into the second half, with Kevin De Bruyne slotting the resulting spot-kick.

City youngster Phil Foden added a late third in a nightmare return for the Gunners as Granit Xhaka also limped off early into the encounter with an injury.

"It's not the team's fault, it was my fault," Luiz told Sky Sports. "Today I think the team did well, especially with 10 men, the coach is amazing, the players did amazing, it's just my fault.

"I took the decision to play, I should have taken another decision in the last two months, but I didn't. It was all about my contract, whether I stay or not. I have 14 days to be here, and that's it.

"I don't want to use it as an alibi or an excuse, but it's my fault and that's it. I want to stay, the coach knows, he wants me to stay, and we are just waiting for the decisions."

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Arteta confirmed in the pre-match build-up that he would like to secure a new contract for the 'leader' and played down the notion that he's changed his mind after the forgettable display at the Etihad.

"My opinion hasn't changed from the moment I joined the team and it won't change because of a difficult performance tonight," Arteta confirmed. "I don't know what will happen with his contract.

"I know what happened today. There was a reason why I didn't select him from the start. He had to play because Pablo got injured. He tried but it didn't work out for the team."

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