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Diabolical David Luiz gifts Man City win in surreal Premier League return at Etihad – Jeremy Cross

We might be living in unprecedented times – but in the footballing world of David Luiz it seems like nothing much has changed.

The Brazilian buffoon didn’t even start the game after being left on the bench by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta following a series of disagreements between the pair.

But Luiz still managed to steal the headlines for all the wrong reasons with a trademark performance of diabolical defending to gift Manchester City a simple win at the Etihad.

Luiz, who replaced Pablo Mari after just 24 minutes, found himself on the sidelines himself less than 30 minutes later having been shown a straight red card for pulling down Riyad Mahrez to concede a second half penalty which Kevin De Bruyne converted.

Kevin De Bruyne scores his side’s second goal from the spot.
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This was after Luiz had failed to clear a simple ball forward from De Bruyne on the stroke of half time, handing Raheem Sterling the opening goal and first one since Premier League football returned from lockdown following Covid-19.

It seemed fitting in this current dystopian society of racism and horrible loss that it was Sterling who fired Pep Guardiola’s men towards a comfortable three points.

Sterling has done more than most to address the problems of discrimination and joined the rest of the players from both sides, along with referee Anthony Taylor, to ‘take a knee’ before kick off in a show of solidarity towards the ‘Black Live Matter’ movement.

David Luiz is sent off for Arsenal.
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There was also an emotional minute’s silence to remember those we have all loved and lost to the virus in recent months.

Surreal didn’t do the occasion justice – and I include Luiz’s performance in this.

Instead of supporters we had large mosaics, both teams lined up two metres apart and couldn’t shake hands, while substitutes spread themselves out in the…