David Luiz’s humdrum at the back accounted for two goals as Manchester City washed away Arsenal 3-0 on the Premier League’s first night back at the Etihad Stadium.

The former Chelsea defender came on mid way through the first half after Pablo Mari got injured, forcing Arsenal manager – Mikel Arteta to make an early substitution but Luiz’s inclusion rather turned out to be a curse as he gifted away cheap goal scoring opportunities to Man City.

First, the Brazilian deflected off a Kevin De Bruyne pass into the path of Raheem Sterling who calmly rifled the opener just before half time.

Luiz returned from the break with no sign of repentance bringing down Riyad Mahrez in the box which referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot and showing him a straight red card in the process. Kevin De Bruyne scored from the penalty.

Manchester City was also reduced to 10 men later on in the closing stages following Erik Garcia’s nasty collision with his goalkeeper Ederson.

Phil Foden sealed the night for Guardiola’s men from close range after Sergio Aguero’s initial effort had rebounded back off the post.

Man City are 22 points away from leaders – Liverpool, the clear favourite for the 2019/2020 Premier League.