Jamie Carragher claims David Luiz has ‘kidded’ Arsenal and backs club’s stance over new deal
Jamie Carragher has backed Mikel Arteta to axe David Luiz from his first-team plans after the Brazilian suffered a nightmare performance in the Gunners’ 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.
Arteta opted with Pablo Mari and Shkodran Mustafi as his centre-back pairing to take on the Premier League champions, with Luiz left on the bench after a high-profile error against Brentford.
The Brazilian defender was forced into action, however, after Mari followed Granit Xhaka by picking up an injury within the opening 25 minutes.
It was an evening to forget for Luiz, who allowed Kevin de Bruyne to pick out Raheem Sterling to fire Manchester City ahead, before hauling down Riyad Mahrez for a penalty, which the Belgian converted, whilst getting sent off in the process.
After the match, Carragher insisted Arsenal shouldn’t renew Luiz’s contract, which expires this summer.
“I can come on now and say, ‘terrible’, ‘awful’, we know all these things that are probably being laughed at on social media,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“All these things we’ve said for years on David Luiz, but the sad thing is, I don’t think we’re going to see him in the Premier League ever again and he does provide us with entertainment, whatever you think.
“He’s going to be banned now for three games and I don’t see how after a performance like that, how Mikel Arteta can put him back in under any circumstances, certainly if they’re out of the running for the Champions League.
“I think that’s the last we’ll see, there is an option (for another year), but there’s no way David Luiz is getting a contract.
“It’s unbelievable, in some ways. He’s kidded so many people in football – he’s actually gone for £50-60m transfer fees.
“There’s only one manager who got the best out of David Luiz, and that was (Antonio) Conte when he played him in the middle of a back three.
“People think of him in the middle of a back three and think that’s his perfect position because he can come out with the ball. He didn’t do that for Chelsea under Conte, all he did was pass to Azpilicueta to his right and Cahill to his left. He was told to stay there and be disciplined.
“Mourinho has had him as well and couldn’t get much out of him. Every manager, every team he’s been to, he’s not good enough, really, he’s got some decent qualities on the ball. Some people talk about him maybe playing in midfield. Whatever it was Conte did, maybe it was the system, maybe they disciplined him, but he is the only man to make David Luiz look like a top footballer.”