Amid Financial pressure due to COVID-19, Arsenal May release David Luiz

Due to the Arsenal’s current financial situation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the club coach, Mikel Arteta has disclosed that David Luiz may be released.

After Luiz’s bad performance cost Arsenal in their 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday, Arteta addressed the defender’s future at the club.

Asked if Luiz had played his final game for the club, Arteta said: “I don’t know. I told you when I was talking to you guys last night that he’s very open. He’s a man, he’s a leader and I was sure that he was going to speak in front of everybody.

Arteta was then asked if Luiz’s departure would be for business reasons, as clubs come to terms with the financial implications of coronavirus.

“Well we cannot forget the financial situation, the way that COVID-19 has hit every club and the economy in general – it’s going to have an impact,” Arteta added.

“What the club is doing at the moment is assessing the situation and trying to clarify a lot of uncertainties that we have in the future. We have to make big decisions but time-wise it’s difficult to fit them in our needs.

Luiz, whose contract with the club runs out at the end of the month, came on as a 24th-minute substitute for the injured Pablo Mari but endured a dreadful night.

The central defender was at fault for Raheem Sterling’s opener just before the interval and then gave away the penalty for the second goal four minutes after the restart. Not only did Luiz’s mistake cost a goal, with Kevin De Bruyne scoring from the spot, but his expulsion, for the foul on Riyad Mahrez, left his team a man down for the remainder of the game.

Luiz suggested he should have resolved his contractual situation by now but said his status was not a factor in his performance.

“I should have taken a different decision in the last two months but I didn’t,” he told Sky Sports. “All about my contract, if I stay here or not. I have 14 days to be here and that’s it. I should have tried to decide my future as early as possible, but I didn’t.”

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