Jamie Carragher worried by Mikel Arteta’s response to David Luiz horror show for Arsenal against Man City

Jamie Carragher was critical of Arsenal's performance after Mikel Arteta's side lost 3-0 at Manchester
Jamie Carragher was critical of Arsenal’s performance after Mikel Arteta’s side lost 3-0 at Manchester City (Picture: Getty)

Jamie Carragher admitted he would be worried were he an Arsenal fan listening to Mikel Arteta intimating he wants David Luiz to extend his contract following another calamitous individual performance against Manchester City.

The former Chelsea centre-half could leave the club less than 12 months after he arrived, with his contract due to expire at the end of the month. Arsenal have the option to extend for a further year but are yet to make a concrete decision on Luiz’s future.

Arteta left his most senior player out of last night’s starting line-up but was forced to introduce Luiz to the fray following an injury to January loan signing Pablo Mari, who was making only his second Premier League appearance.

Luiz was subsequently at fault for Raheem Sterling’s opening goal on the stroke of half-time when he allowed Kevin de Bruyne’s pass to reach the City winger. Worse was to follow four minutes after the restart when he was handed his second red card of the season for bringing down Riyad Mahrez inside the penalty area.

After the match Luiz accepted responsibility for a sub-par performance and conceded he should have made a definitive decision on his own future sooner. Arteta, meanwhile, stood by the Brazil international and all but admitted he wanted the player to stay put, which sounded the alarm bells for Sky Sports pundit Carragher.

David Luiz was sent off for the second time this season during Arsenal's defeat vs Man City
David Luiz was sent off for the second time this season during Arsenal’s defeat vs Man City (Picture: Getty)

He said: ‘People keep talking about experience, sometimes it’s one of the most overrated qualities.

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

‘The problem with someone like a David Luiz, you think you’ll do this and do that and get the best out of him. You won’t.

‘People at the top of the club, if they are deciding that David Luiz is not getting this year extended that is right. If Mikel Arteta thinks he should get that year I think that’s wrong.

‘I’d be really worried as an Arsenal fan if Mikel Arteta felt David Luiz should get another year at Arsenal. I’d be worried if he was my manager.’

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