Arsenal’s woes continued this evening after they slumped to an eighth defeat in the Premier League.
The Gunners were beaten 2-1 by Everton at Goodison Park as pressure continues to mount on under-fire boss Mikel Arteta.
They fell behind to an early Rob Holding own goal as the visiting centre-back, and skipper for the night, had the ball bounce off him from a Dominic Calvert-Lewin flick-on.
Nicolas Pepe responded just after the half-hour mark with a strike from the penalty spot, but Yerry Mina nabbed the winner on the stroke of half-time, defeating the diminutive Ivorian winger to a header from a corner.
Once again, many of Arsenal’s biggest stars underperformed on the night – journalist Charles Watts at football.london accused Willian of ‘simply not trying’ during the break, but there was perhaps an even more anonymous player in the shape of David Luiz.
He is arguably the most experienced player in this Gunners’ XI and he badly let his manager down. You could tell from his body language that he just wasn’t bothered on his return to the side.
Calvert-Lewin left him for dead to practically score the opener, so the fault must lie with him rather than Holding.
Per SofaScore, the 33-year-old veteran failed to win a single duel in the 90 minutes he was on the pitch. Luiz also lost possession eight times and made only 25% of eight long balls.
The fact that he was a mere passenger was summed up by his failure to record a single interception or tackle from 93 touches of the ball. In reality, the Brazilian was only there to pass out from the back.
Luiz was graded a four out of ten by football.london in their post-match ratings. They wrote:
“The Brazilian simply had no idea where Dominic Calvert-Lewin was for the opening goal and perhaps could have done more to go to the ball for the second.
“He is in the team, however, for his passing ability and given how much possession Arsenal had in the second period you would have hoped David Luiz could do more.”
The £100k-per-week star must be doing so much more to justify such extortionate wages in north London. Arteta ought to axe him ahead of Gabriel’s return.