Gary Neville was left surprised by David Luiz’s show, however Mikel Arteta got here out in defence of his participant after the 3-Zero loss to Manchester Metropolis.
The defender was at fault for 2 objectives within the loss and was despatched off to make it an eventful 25-minute cameo.
“We talked within the dressing room [after the match]. David could be very trustworthy and simple,” Arteta mentioned, including his opinion of the defender received’t change based mostly on one troublesome efficiency.
It was a depressing return to the Etihad for Arteta, who additionally noticed Granit Xhaka go off injured.
Previous to the Premier League’s restart, the boss had talked up Luiz and expressed hope of seeing him stay on the membership for one more season.
“I’m actually proud of David, I need to preserve him right here with us,” he mentioned. “He’s been a key position mannequin for me since I joined.
“I like what he produces on the pitch, I like his affect across the gamers and across the membership. I might like to preserve him.”
Luiz’s contract expires on the finish of this marketing campaign and the participant desires to remain, as his agent Kia Joorabchian advised talkSPORT.
And he insisted the loss on the Etihad is all the way down to him.
“It’s not the group’s fault, it was my fault,” he advised Sky Sports activities afterwards.
“The group did effectively, particularly with 10 males. The coach is superb.
“I like being right here and that’s why I proceed to coach onerous and why I got here right here [to be interviewed] to point out my face.
“I need to keep, the coach is aware of, he desires me to remain so we’re ready for the choices.”