David Luiz’s horrendous 26-minute showing which culminated in him cheaply giving away a goal in first-half added time and a second-half penalty-his fourth of the league campaign- earned him an early shower as he was giving his marching orders five minutes after the break.
Elsewhere at Villa Park, Project Restart which had the player’s show solidarity to recent events got off to a controversial start as goal-line technology denied Sheffield United a deserved victory.
Below is a wrap up of Wednesday’s Premier League action from Villa Park and Etihad Stadium.
Substitute David Luiz was the villian as his 26 minutes cameo off the bench would be one of the worst of his career in a 3-0 Arsenal away defeat at Manchester City.
It was a disappointing return to league action for the Gunners as they suffered a double blow early on inside the opening four minutes to Granit Xhaka -a twist to the ankle- and moments later Pablo Mori went off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury and replaced by Luiz.
It was a commanding display for Manchester City as both sides finished with 10 men, Luiz sent-off for Arsenal and young center back Eric Garcia taking off injured following a collision with his goalkeeper Ederson.
Kevin De Bruyne’s delightful ball over the top just before the break was fumbled by Luiz, who let it bounce off his thigh, gifting Raheem Sterling the simplest chance of netting past Bernd Leno, the first goal of Project Restart.
Luiz got the marching orders five minutes after the restart bringing down a goal bound Riyad Mahrez. From the resultant foul, De Bruyne kept his cool from the spot to double the lead.
Substitute Phil Foden wrapped up the comprehensive win following up Sergio Aguero’s initial effort to seal a victory which takes second-place City 10 points clear of Leicester City, while Arsenal would have to sort out their centre back worries ahead of the weekend games.
Aston Villa and Sheffield United battled out to a goalless draw at Villa Park in the day’s opening game.
It was a controversial outcome by all accounts giving that the Blades were denied a blatant goal after Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland appeared to carry the ball over the line after colliding with teammate Keinan Davis.
The goal-line technology failed to signal the referee but replays clearly showed the ball was over the line and Sheffield were denied a clear win, despite the point taking them a spot up to sixth spot above Wolverhampton Wanderers.