David Luiz says Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City was all his fault following a terrible 27-minute performance off the bench in which he gifted the reigning champions two goals and got sent off.
Seemingly eager to speak to Sky Sports to make a public apology to fans and teammates, the 33-year-old rambled about his contract situation, hinting that his indecision about whether to stay at the club had somehow played a part in this evening’s horror show.
Luiz’s current contract is due to end on 30 June and the club are known to be keen to retain his services until the end of the current campaign and, if you believe Mikel Arteta, for potentially another year after that.
“It was not the team’s fault, it was my fault,” Luiz said.
“I take the decision to play, I should take another decision the last two months but I didn’t.
“Today I think the team did well, especially after they went down to 10 men. The coach is amazing, all the players did amazing, it’s just my fault.”
Asked by Geoff Shreeves to clarify his point, he went on: “I should have taken a different decision, in the last two months and I didn’t.
“It’s about my contract, if I stay here or not. I have 14 days left to be here. And that’s it. So today was my fault.”
Asked a third time whether that meant he wanted to stay at the Emirates, he continued:
“A different decision, to decide to try to decide my future, to try to decide as early as possible but I didn’t. I don’t want to use that as an alibi or an excuse. It’s my fault and that’s it.
“I love to be here, that’s why I continue to train hard. That’s why, I came here today. That’s why, I try to do everything.
“That’s why I said to the players [after the game], “nobody needs to speak”, I need to show my face and be here. So, I want to stay. The coach knows. The coach wants me to stay. We are waiting for the decisions.”
While all is obviously not well in the Luiz camp, Arteta said in his own post-game interview that his opinion of the player has not changed.
We wait to see what happens next.