Pep Guardiola’s men are returned from the coronavirus suspension with a bang as substitute David Luis’s rustiness cost Arsenal and delayed Jurgen Klopp Liverpool’s title celebrations.
After ‘Project Restart’ began with a goalless draw between Aston Villa and Sheffield United, there was plenty to talk about as the Etihad Stadiums witnessed the first Premier League goals in 100 days.
Manchester City emerged 3-0 victory over Arsenal in front of empty stands as Pep Guardiola comfortably overcame former assistant Mikel Arteta, who saw substitute Luiz unravel as he gave away goals either side of half-time and got sent off.
Winger Raheem Sterling put City ahead with thumping effort before half-time after a mistake by David Luiz.
The Gunners centre half Luiz, then was sent off after giving away penalty which Kevin De Bruyne easily converted.
Young midfielder Phil Foden scored City third goals after coming on as a substitute at the Etihad stadium on Wednesday evening.
Luiz, meanwhile, admits he was the one that caused Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat by Manchester City on the Premier League’s return.
After the match, the Brazilian requested to give an interview with Sky Sports, despite not being asked to, where he owned up for his mistakes and said it ‘was not the team’s fault’ for the defeat.
‘It was not the team’s fault, it was my fault,’ Luiz admitted after the match at the Etihad Stadium.
The defender went on to explain that the contract negotiations have been playing on his mind.
‘I take the decision to play, I should take another decision in the last two months that I didn’t. Today the team did well, especially after we went down to 10 men, the coach is amazing, all the players did amazing, it was just my fault.
‘I should have taken a different decision in the last two months, and I didn’t, it was all about my contract, if I stay here or not. I have 14 days more to be here and that’s it, today it was my fault,’ Luiz continued as he implied his contract talks affected his poor performance.
‘I should have taken a different decision to decide my future, to try to decide as early as possible, but I didn’t. I don’t want to use it as an excuse.
‘I love to be here, that is why I continue to train hard and I came here today, that is why I try to do everything, that’s why I said to all the players nobody huge me to speak, it’s me, I have to show my face and be here so I want to say, the coach knows, the coach wants me to stay, so it is just we are waiting for the decisions.’
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has backed his defender since he joined the Emirates during the current season.
The Spaniard explained that Luiz spoke in the changing room after the match and was ‘honest’ with his team-mates.
‘He spoke in the dressing room, David is someone that is very honest and straightforward,’Arteta said.
‘My opinion on David doesn’t change, the moment I joined, what he has done for the team and for me, it won’t change because he had a difficult performance tonight.
‘For me it won’t change [the option to extend]. Whatever we are going to do before today’s game,we will keep it internally.’