David Luiz has been heaped lots of praises after recent performance helped Gunners secure a FA Cup final spot.
Luiz indeed should be given all the praises coming his way as he contributed a lot to see his side triumph over fiery Manchester City.
The Brazilian’s performances over the recent past has been questioned greatly after series of repeated blunders in the past few games.
Even during the preceding game before this last between the two side, Luiz was the worst performer and cause of the North London’s side.Embed from Getty Images
Despite coming off the bench early, David Luiz made blunders that led to the first goal and as well left after he was shown the Red card. This also led to another goal City was handed a penalty.
Last night was a different story as the Luiz’s performance was a shocker to many who expected him to fault as usual.
Instead of faulting, the 33-year-old did put out the best defensive performance in the game. 11 clearances, four interceptions and a crucial block to deny Raheem Sterling in the second half, with Opta statistics showing Luiz also won all four of his aerial duels and had more touches than any team-mate during the match.Embed from Getty Images
“This is part of football. I didn’t have any doubts about David Luiz’s reaction. He put his hand up after that game [against City], but he didn’t have to do that,” Mikel Arteta said.
“We all make mistakes. The way he has been training, helping each other and performing, it’s been phenomenal. I am delighted that people can see this side of him now as well, and praise him because he deserves that.”
The manager went on to stress on the relevance of Gunners handing the Brazilian another contract just days after his last faulty display as he threw lights on Luiz needing game time and trust to give his best.Embed from Getty Images
“What he needs is that we trust him, that we have no doubts in what he can do. The best way to do that is to make him play,” Arteta said.
“He’s had some difficult moments but he’s also had some incredible moments. Big athletes go through those moments – I’m happy he’s playing at the level he is now.
“I want him to perform on the pitch. He’s doing that again now in a really good way, I’m really happy for him today.”
- Source: Goal
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