David Luiz has taken responsibility for his involvement in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City by Arsenal and stressed his intention to stay at the club next season.
After the bad game on Wednesday, the veteran defender admitted speculation about his playing future did not improve.
Previously, Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira indicated that Luiz was close to signing a new contract with Arsenal because his own club could not afford to sign the Brazilian.
With his contract to expire at the end of the season at the Emirates, pundits have declared that Luiz has no future at the club, but the man himself thought differently…at least before Wednesday’s failure.
“It was not the team’s fail, it was my fault. The coach is amazing, all the players did amazing, it was just my fault,” Luiz told. “I should have taken a different decision in the last two months. I didn’t – it was all about my contract. I don’t want to use that as an alibi or excuse, it’s just my fault and that’s it.
“I love to be here that is why I continue to train hard and that is why I came today. Nobody asked me to speak, it is up to me to show my face.
“I want to stay. The coach knows and wants me to stay, we are waiting for the decisions.”
Speaking after the match, the defender admitted that he had to be blamed for the loss of his side and admitted that his future Arsenal needs had to be sorted out with both he and manager Mikel Arteta eager for an extension of contract.
The return of Arsenal to the Premier League action was a night to be forgotten with Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari, both forced with injuries from the field.
Even Mikel Arteta admitted it was a horror night for his side after the match as he refused to throw Luiz under the bus for his performance.
On Luiz, Arteta said: “He is someone that is very honest and straight forward. My opinion on David Luiz hasn’t changed. It won’t change because he had a difficult performance tonight.”
Arteta went on, “Everything went wrong from the first minute. Every possible accident that could have happened hopefully happened today.”