Arsenal blasted as ‘not good enough’ after decade of decline as Gary Neville and Carragher lay into club and David Luiz

GARY NEVILLE and Jamie Carragher laid into Arsenal and David Luiz after a disastrous night at Manchester City.

The Gunners defender endured a nightmare 25-minute cameo after coming off the bench which ended up with him being sent off and his side falling to a 3-0 defeat at The Etihad.

David Luiz endured a nightmare cameo from the bench as Arsenal fell to a 3-0 defeat at Manchester City
The Brazilian was red carded, conceded a penalty and committed an error leading to the opening goal during his 25 minutes of action from the bench

He became the first player to be red carded, concede a penalty and commit an error leading to an opposition goal in a Premier League match since Carl Jenkinson did the same for West Ham in August 2015.

Luiz, who replaced injured Pablo Mari early on, was at fault for Raheem Sterling’s opener after failing to deal with a Kevin De Bruyne cross.

The 33-year-old was then given his marching orders seconds after half time after hauling down Riyad Mahrez in the box, leading to De Bruyne doubling the advantage from the resulting spot-kick.

And Phil Foden completed the misery for Arsenal late on by adding the third.

When asked about Luiz’s action for the penalty while performing commentary for Sky Sports, Neville blasted: “Oh dear, I’ve no words really. I’ve said everything. He never learns, he’s so rash.

“City started playing well 25 minutes ago in this game – when David Luiz came on.”

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher tore into the defender and Arsenal after the dreadful performance
David Luiz did front up to the cameras and accepted full responsibility for the defeat afterwards

Carragher then laid into Mikel Arteta’s team, saying: “I didn’t expect anything different to what I saw to be honest.

“I know there was no crowd in here. I didn’t think it was too different because I have seen Arsenal do that for the last 10 years.

“Arsenal are not good enough and there is a huge job for Mikel Arteta to do. He just has to get through these nine games, obviously there was hope of these nine games before today that they could make some sort of challenge for the Champions League.

“They are not good enough to make the top four so forget where they are in the league and how many points difference there is to Chelsea or Manchester United. They are not good enough and that was evident.

“I didn’t have any faith in Arsenal coming here and doing anything here, it is not just about Arsenal, Manchester City are a great team, they are not at their best obviously but no one is coming straight back in, but I never had any doubt Man City.”

And on Luiz, ex-Liverpool star Carragher believes that could be the last time we see the Brazilian international play for Arsenal and potentially the Premier League with his contract set to expire at the Emirates this summer.

He said: “I know Kevin De Bruyne does get a good ball in at the time and maybe it’s come off the turf as well which adds the extra bit of pace but no, it’s happened so often it’s no surprise why he’s on the bench.

“As I said before the game, I don’t think there’s any future here for David Luiz at Arsenal next season, that probably just puts pay to that.

“People keep talking about experience. Sometimes experience is one of the most overrated qualities. It’s actually how good you are.

“It doesn’t matter how old you are. David Luiz is not good enough for Arsenal. They got a young French lad coming in next season, they got [Pablo] Mari, they need to buy another one because they’ve got Sokratis, [Shkodran] Mustafi played tonight. These are not good enough.

“That’s the problem. You’ve got David Luiz and you think, ‘I’ll get the best out of him, I’ll do this or I’ll do that’. You won’t.

“The people at the top of the club are deciding that he shouldn’t get that year extension, and they’re right. If Mikel Arteta thinks he should get that year, then I think he’s wrong.

“I’d be worried if I was an Arsenal fan if Arteta thought David Luiz should get another year at Arsenal. I’d be worried.”

Luiz did front up to the cameras after the game and accepted full responsibility for the defeat.

The ex-Chelsea man said: “It was not the team’s fault, it was my fault. “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 to clarify by Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves, Luiz said: “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.”

And when he was pushed on whether he wanted to stay at Arsenal, Luiz said: “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.”


By: Gary Stonehouse
Title: Arsenal blasted as ‘not good enough’ after decade of decline as Gary Neville and Carragher lay into club and David Luiz
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Published Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2020 08:31:07 +0000

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