The Brazilian composed his name on an inappropriate side of the English top-flight history sheet, as the Gunners were quieted at the Etihad Stadium. David Luiz has matched Ibrahima Sonko ‘s unpleasant Premier League after giving Manchester City a penalty in the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal.
He is the main player to have handed out four penalties in a solitary top-flight season since Jose Fonte at Southampton in 2016-17, satisfying his image as one of the most ineffectual defensemen in European football. This category also incorporates the ex-Senegal international, Gary Caldwell, Claus Lundekvam, Ken Monkou, and Luc Nijholt.
The English topflight returned on Wednesday, after over a quarter of a year of suspension following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Luiz was acquired as a replacement for harmed Pablo Mari with just 24 minutes into the principal half and the hosts took advantage of his howler to take a first-half lead. Prior to the break, Raheem Sterling’s miserable miscalculation allowed him to fire past goalkeeper Bernd Leno-his’ initial 2020 goal.
It deteriorated for the 33-year-old after he was disqualified by arbitrator Anthony Taylor when the Citizens gathered a penalty for a messy attack on Algeria ‘s international Riyad Mahrez.
Kevin de Bruyne scored two goals as Pep Guardiola went up before Phil Foden finished the damage at the end stages of the game. With that, in August 2015, Luiz turns into the primary player to be sent off from Carl Jenkinson for West Ham against Bournemouth, yielding a penalty and submitting a mistake leading to a resistance goal in a Premier League match.
While at Reading, where he burned through four seasons before moving to Stoke City, Sonko accomplished the pined for feat during the 2007-08 season and then loan spells at Hull City and Portsmouth.
The defender was marked by Championship Club Ipswich Town on a one-year contract after his release by the Potters before transferring to the recently advanced Turkish Süper Lig side Akhisar Belediyespor on 15 August 2012. The defeat of the Gunners at Etihad Stadium means they presently have a remote possibility to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
They are ninth in the log, having accumulated 40 points from 29 league games-eight points adrift from the fourth-placed Chelsea of Frank Lampard with nine games to play.