Arsenal legend urges Mikel Arteta to ditch flop after Man City defeat – ‘give him away’

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been told to offload David Luiz as possible, as his tendency to make mistakes has “gone on for too long”. That’s the opinion of Arsenal icon Lee Dixon, who believes the Gunners defender is a striker’s dream because of his inconsistency.

Luiz produced defensive horror show on Wednesday night as Arsenal were thumped by Manchester City at the Etihad.

The Brazilian had a 25-minute cameo in the 3-0 win, and was at fault for City’s first two goals.

He came on after Pablo Mari suffered an injury after 25 minutes, coming off the bench to play alongside Shkodran Mustafi.

Luiz made his first error as he failed to clear a Kevin de Bruyne cross, leaving the ball perfectly in Raheem Sterling’s path for the Englishman to smash the ball into the top corner.


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Then, five minutes after the interval, he wrestled Riyad Mahrez to the ground inside the area to give City a penalty, which Kevin de Bruyne slotted home with ease.

He was given a straight red for the foul, meaning Arsenal had to play the final 40 minutes with ten men.

Luiz apologised to fans after the game, and insisted he wants to stay past the end of his current contract – which will expire on June 30.

However, Gunners icon Dixon expressed doubts, and urged Arsenal chiefs to decline the year option they have on his deal.


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Speaking to Premier League Productions, the Premier League-winning defender explained that Luiz is simply too unreliable, and continues to make crucial errors even when he’s playing well.

“I’d sell him, or give him away,” he said when asked about what he would do if he were in Arteta’s shoes.

“It’s gone on for too long.

“Nothing personal against David Luiz, but we’ve all watched the mistakes he makes.


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“Even when he’s playing well and it seems he’s in control of the game, especially at home he’s got that lovely style about him where he finds his passing, I still think – any moment now [he’ll make a mistake].

“He must be an absolute dream to play against, Wrighty [Ian Wright] would play him all day.

“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.”

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