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EPL: Guardiola ‘very concerned’ over Garcia’s injury

* As Luiz accepts blame for Arsenal defeat

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said he is “very concerned” after defender Eric Garcia was taken to hospital following a collision against Arsenal.
The 19-year-old collided with City keeper Ederson late on in the 3-0 Premier League win at Etihad Stadium, reports the BBC.
Garcia received treatment for several minutes before being carried off on a stretcher in a neck brace.
“He responds well but we have to wait for the next few hours,” said Guardiola after the game.
“He is conscious but I think he is going to be tested tonight because a kick in the head is always so dangerous.
“The doctor told me he was conscious. I’m pretty sure we’re going to do absolutely everything to be sure that everything is fine and well.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal defender David Luiz blamed himself for his team’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday (June 17) in which he was sent off in the 49th minute.
The Brazilian, whose contract with the club runs out at the end of the month, came on as a 24th-minute substitute for the injured Pablo Mari but endured a dreadful night.
The central defender was at fault for Raheem Sterling’s opener just before the interval and then gave away the penalty for the second goal four minutes after the restart.
Not only did his mistake cost his team a goal, with Kevin De Bruyne scoring from the spot, but his expulsion, for a foul on Riyad Mahrez, left his team a man down for the remainder of the game.
“It’s my fault,” he said. “The team did well, especially with 10 men. The coach is amazing, all the players are amazing, it was my fault.”
He admitted that he should have resolved his contractual situation by now but insisted his status was not a factor in his performance.
“I should have taken a different decision in the last two months but I didn’t,” he told Sky Sports.
“All about my contract, if I stay here or not. I have 14 days to be here and that’s it. I should have tried to decide my future as early as possible, but I didn’t.
“I don’t want to use that as an alibi or excuse, it’s my fault – that’s it. I love to be here. That’s why I continue to train hard.”
Gunners manager Mikel Arteta said Luiz had held his hand up after the game and suggested the player’s display would have no impact on any decision about his future.
“I don’t know what will happen with his contract. I know what happened today, I know the way David reacted, as a player and as a person as well, he can handle the situation,” he said.

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