Speaking after the final whistle, Arteta declared that his opinion of Luiz had not changed despite the 33-year-old’s horrific performance against City.
But the Spanish coach has since admitted he cannot guarantee the £125,000-a-week South American will be handed a new deal because of the financial difficulties the club face after the coronavirus crisis.
Arteta said: “I don’t know [if he has played his last game here].”He is very open, he is a leader and I was sure he was going to speak in front of everybody. You heard what he said, he was very direct with us too.
“That is what I value from him and that is what I like from him. We need to be fair on him. Me personally, I am going to defend him with everything I have because I believe in him.
“He has shown me a lot of things in his time here and his career speaks for itself.”We need to be fair on him. I’m going to defend him with everything I have because I believe in him.”He has shown me a lot of things in my time here. His character speaks for itself.
“We cannot forget the financial situation. The way COVID-19 has hit every club and the economy in general, it is going to have an impact.”What the club is doing at the moment is assessing the situation and trying to clarify a lot of uncertainties that we have in the future.
“I will have to make big decisions but timewise it is difficult to fit them in our needs. We are trying our best and it is difficult sometimes because the player or our sporting necessities in a difficult situation, but again we have to adapt. It is what it is.”That’s why I wanted to protect David on Wednesday and didn’t start him. It’s a funny game and after 20 minutes you need him.
“He is a player with a lot of uncertainty in the last few weeks.”