Ian Wright and Lee Dixon agree over David Luiz’s future after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City

David Luiz looks dejected after his sending off in Arsenal's Premier League defeat at Manchester City
David Luiz had a night to forget as Arsenal were well beaten at Manchester City (Picture: Getty)

Ian Wright and Lee Dixon agreed that David Luiz had used up all his chances and should be pushed towards the exit door at Arsenal following his horror show performance in the side’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.

Luiz started on the substitutes bench for Arsenal’s first game back at an empty Etihad on Wednesday night but was introduced by Mikel Arteta in the 24th minute after Pablo Mari pulled up with a suspected hamstring injury.

Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock right on half-time after Luiz failed to clear Kevin De Bruyne’s pass and the defender’s night soon got even worse as he clumsily brought down Riyad Mahrez inside the penalty area.

The Brazil international took the blame for Arsenal’s defeat after the final whistle (Picture: Getty)

Luiz was given his marching orders by referee Michael Oliver and De Bruyne slotted past Bernd Leno with the resulting penalty before Phil Foden but the icing on the cake for City with a close-range strike at the death.

During his candid post-match interview with Sky Sports, Luiz accepted the blame for the loss and admitted he should have made an earlier decision over his contract situation, with his current deal due to expire later this month.

Reacting to the defeat, ex-Arsenal right-back Dixon told Premier League Productions: ‘It was men against boys. If you’re going to stand a chance against Manchester City you’ve got to play really well, you’ve got to hope they don’t play so well and you’ve got to keep all your men on the pitch.

‘And, unfortunately, with David Luiz there’s always a chance of him either making mistake or getting himself sent off and he did double tonight so it was a poor night in the end for Arsenal for City were brilliant.’

Asked what he would do with Luiz if he was in Arteta’s position, Dixon replied: ‘You sell him or give him away.

‘It’s gone on for too long and I’ve got nothing personal against David Luiz but we’ve all watched the mistakes he makes.

‘Even when he’s playing really well and he seems in control of the game – especially at home he’s got that lovely languid style about him and he finds his passing – I always think, any moment now [he will make a mistake].

‘He must be an absolute dream to play against. Wrighty [Ian Wright] would be playing him all day, standing in certain areas and making him uncomfortable. And even if Wrighty didn’t get a kick, he’d know he would get one chance and probably score that chance.

‘So as a striker playing against him, it doesn’t matter how bad you’re playing or how well he’s playing, you’re always in the game because you fancy your chances that he’s going to give you something.’

Wright reluctantly agreed with Dixon regarding Luiz’s future but felt it was a shame as the defender has been an important member of the dressing room since arriving from Chelsea.

‘Playing in front of Dicko [Lee Dixon] and the guys for so many years, they didn’t make mistakes like that. Never. Never saw anything,’ the former Arsenal striker said.

‘I’d love to say Martin Keown did just so I could wind him up but not even he made many mistakes.

‘At this stage of David Luiz’s career and where Arsenal are going – and it was unfortunate for Pablo Mari tonight – but I’d probably have to agree with Dicko there.

‘Maybe it might be time unfortunately for David Luiz, because apparently he’s very good in the dressing room, he’s got a lot of experience.

‘But I think what we saw with quite a young team, an experienced player like that making those mistakes, it literally drained them and you can see after a while City are going to get in control and you’ve really have got an uphill task after that so I’d probably go with what Dicko says.’

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