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David Luiz might have made his last contribution as Arsenal defender when he pulled back Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez to gift Pep Guardiola’s side the penalty on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old center half wasn’t in the Gunners’ starting XI but had to be brought on after Pablo Mari suffered an ankle injury midway through the first half.
David Luiz with a red card once every 160 PL games with Chelsea, once every 13 games with Arsenal. Gave a penalty away once every 53 games for Chelsea, once every 6.5 games for Arsenal.— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) June 17, 2020
His arrival on the field proved to be disastrous for Mikel Arteta’s side as Luiz miskicked the ball that allowed City to open the scoring through Raheem Sterling, before the former Chelsea defender got himself sent off for bringing down Mahrez in the Gunners’ penalty area.
The 3-match suspension period that he will serve due to a straight red card – combined with the fact that his Gunners’ contract is set to expire at the end of this month – means that Luiz might have made his last appearance in a Gunners’ shirt.
Arsenal are looking to sell Mesut Ozil in the upcoming transfer window despite the German’s determination to see out the final year of his deal.
ESPN reports that the Gunners are set to face a severe financial burden as the double-whammy of a fourth consecutive season without Champions League football and the monetary effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have severely restricted the North London club’s budget.
Mikel Arteta’s side are looking at options using which they can raise funds for new signings and are willing to sell Ozil and ease the financial burden his £350,000-a-week wage puts at the club.
The Gunners made him available last summer as well, but his mouth-watering wages discouraged any of the German’s potential suitors from coming forward.
After the Premier League clubs agreed early this year to release on-loan players on June 23, the Gunners have only four days to make a decision on the futures of three of their players.
Arsenal are yet to decide whether they should extend the temporary stays of Cedric Soares, Dani Ceballos and Pablo Mari at the club or let them leave the club next week, as per ESPN.
The Gunners are expected to allow Soares and Ceballos go back to Southampton and Real Madrid, respectively, as they feel they have players in place to replace the duo.
Pablo Mari, however, was expected by the neutrals to turn his temporary stay at the Emirates into a permanent one following his move in January. But with the defender suffering a season-ending injury against Man City on Wednesday, it remains to be seen what decision the Gunners will now take regarding his future at the club.
Premier League’s rules dictate that the Gunners must let the trio leave on June 23 if they decide not to renew their contracts beyond the end of this month.
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