So just how bad was David Luiz's performance?
📷 Match Snapshot
⏱️ 24' We can begin with the fact that Luiz played only 24 minutes despite not even starting the contest. He was subbed on to replace Pablo Mari with Arsenal holding their own but struggling with the movement of Kevin De Bruyne.
⏱️ 45' ⚠️ But on the stroke of half time he made his first error. He failed to control a simple ball into the area that rebounded off his chest and flew over his head, straight into the path of Raheem Sterling, who steadied himself to blast on the half-volley past Bernd Leno.
⏱️ 51' 🟥 And it didn't get any better going into the second half. Riyad Mahrez easily gets the better of Luiz and cuts across him inside the area, forcing the Brazilian to pull him to the ground. Referee Anthony Taylor points to the spot and sends off Luiz.
🛁 He has been on the field for just 24 minutes before he is back in the dressing room.
〽️ Rating Week-on-Week
David Luiz's last appearance for Arsenal pre-lockdown was in a confident 1-0 home win versus West Ham. Luiz produced a solid performance in helping his team earning a clean sheet, picking up a 7.0 FC Rating in that match.
But his 3.7 FC Rating for the contest sets a marker for one of the worst outfield performances of the season, due to the errors and the short period of time on the pitch.
Not only was
Luiz match stats
|FC Rating||3.7||☠️ FC Worst Man of the Match|
|Error Leads to Goal||1|
Luiz has two weeks left to run on his Arsenal contract and there was mixed messages about his status.
He wants to stay but, after a performance such as this (and the two-game ban that is to come) he may have played for the club for the last time and he will become a free agent.
Luiz is a good footballer, just not, as it seems, a particularly good defender. A free transfer for the 33-year-old will be seen as a worthwhile investment by someone out there.
But given this game came on the first day back for English football post-lockdown, it's likely to go down in history as one of these worst Premier League appearances of the modern era.