David Luiz's Terrible Mistake Leads To Arsenal's Friendly Loss To Brentford
David Luiz performed his poor impression of a footballer on Wednesday afternoon, leading to Arsenal embarrassingly losing a friendly against Championship side Brentford.
Arsenal kick their Premier League campaign off again next Wednesday, when they play in the second game of 'Project Restart' against Manchester City, with Mikel Arteta's side still battling to finish in the European places for next season.
The last thing the Gunners needed just a week away from their meeting with Pep Guardiola's team was a morale blunting friendly loss against Championship opposition, but that's exactly what happened when they lost 3-2 to Brentford, thanks in no small part to Luiz's hapless defending.
David Luiz is looking lively ahead of the Premier League restart. pic.twitter.com/otQ7Nv2v4U- Ball Street (at :house:) (@BallStreet) June 10, 2020
Most footballers (red) vs David Luiz (blue). I love this club. pic.twitter.com/zsuTnYYjiU- Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) June 10, 2020
Arteta started with a strong team who played the first hour and even when the subs came on around the 60 minute mark the team was still a pretty good one.
The Premier League side twice took the lead at 1-0 and 2-1 but were pegged back both times and eventually lost to the Championship side, who are still chasing promotion to the top tier.
Luiz only moved to the Emirates Stadium from Chelsea last summer, as a late transfer window deal, signing a one year contract with the option of a second year.
It has become increasingly clear that he won't sign on for another season, meaning the Brazilian will end up costing the club £24 million just for one season, and he's hardly been an outstanding success.
Arteta signed Pablo Mari at centre back on loan in January and the club have an option to make the deal permanent.
They also signed French youngster William Saliba last summer and sent him back on loan to St.Etienne, the club they bought him from, and he is likely to be a regular starter next season.
The Gunners' original fixture against City, which will be Arteta's first return to the Etihad since leaving his job as Guardiola's assistant, was the first game postponed in the Premier League due to Covid-19.
It is the side's game in hand and they are currently in ninth place, three points behind 6th place Wolves and their run in includes a game against Nuno Espirito Santo's side, as well as rivals Spurs, soon to be champions Liverpool and third place Leicester City.