Luiz takes blame over Man City loss

Fiji Sun - - SPORTS -

Lon­don: Arse­nal de­fender David Luiz ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity for their 3-0 de­feat at Manch­ester City, but said he still hopes to play for the club again.

Luiz, who is out of con­tract at the end of the month, was sent off to cap an er­ror-strewn re­turn to ac­tion. “It’s my fault,” the 33-year-old said. “The team did well, es­pe­cially with 10 men. The coach is amaz­ing, all the play­ers are amaz­ing, it was my fault. I want to be here. The coach knows. He wants me to stay.”

Luiz only joined Arse­nal last sum­mer- mov­ing from Chelsea on dead­line day for £8m - but he was left on the bench against City amid con­fu­sion sur­round­ing his con­tract sta­tus.

He came on in the 24th minute af­ter Pablo Mari was in­jured, and was at fault for Ra­heem Ster­ling’s opener. He then hauled down Riyad Mahrez to give away a penalty and was sent off. The sus­pen­sion will mean he has played his fi­nal game for Arse­nal un­less he ex­tends his deal.

“I should have taken a dif­fer­ent de­ci­sion in the last two months but I didn’t,” he told Sky Sports.

“All about my con­tract, if I stay here or not. I have 14 days to be here and that’s it. I should have tried to de­cide my fu­ture as early as pos­si­ble, but I didn’t. I don’t want to use that as an al­ibi or ex­cuse, it’s my fault - that’s it. I love to be here. That’s why I con­tinue to train hard.”

Arse­nal boss Mikel Arteta would not crit­i­cise the de­fender, and said his dis­play would have no bear­ing on a de­ci­sion to ex­er­cise the op­tion on his con­tract. Other re­sults: As­ton Villa 0-0 Sh­effield United.

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