Arsenal’s problems continue to pile up with news that David Luiz may require surgery on a knee injury picked up in training.
Speaking after his side’s comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Liverpool, manager Mikel Arteta admitted it was unclear whether the defender would play again this season.
Luiz, who turns 34 this month, will also be out of contract in the summer so it is likely he may have played his last game for the club.
“There are a few possibilities – being a little bit more conservative on the treatment, or having to go through surgery,” Arteta said.
“We are talking with the doctors right now to make the right decision on that, but looks like he will be out for a few weeks at least.
Asked if the Brazilian is likely to feature again before the end of the campaign, Arteta said, “I don’t know”
He added: “It depends on what decision we will take. If it’s more conservative it will be short-term, if it’s a little bit more radical what he needs, obviously it will take longer.”
Luiz has 29 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners this season including starting the last four Premier League matches in a row.
In his absence for the latest fixture at the Emirates, a feeble Arsenal performance saw them taken apart by Premier League champions Liverpool thanks to two second half goals from Diogo Jota either side of a Mohamed Salah strike.
Arteta admitted he was ‘shocked’ over how bad his side performed in a match in which they had just 35% possession as they barely made it out of their own half.
“We completely deserved to lose the game. They were better in every department,” Arteta told Sky Sports. “They deserved to win with the margin they have or more and it was unacceptable from our side the way we played.”
“At the moment I am in shock. I didn’t expect that because of the way the team trained. It is a challenge. A challenge brings an opportunity. If you have courage and you represent a club like this, you have to stand up and take it.”