David Luiz has answered critics with a phenomenal display in defense for the Gunners at the FA Cup semifinal against Manchester City at Wembley.
The 33-year-old Brazilian defender just on the day of Premier League restart made a howler against Manchester City at the Ethihad gifting Sterling a goal and got sent off after an unnecessary tackle on Riyad Mahrez.
While Aubameyang’s brace won the game for the Gunners, the herioc defensive masterclass produced by Luiz at Wembley getting his head to many crosses and making one noticeable block from Raheem Sterling could not be overlooked.
Luiz made it clear he used his experience to comeback from the nightmare performance at the Ethihad that saw him criticized and delivered an excellent performance against City this time around.
"A lot of criticism on me, you can say it!"
"Football is about surviving. That's what I did."
David Luiz was a monster for @Arsenal tonight 💪
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) July 18, 2020
‘There was a lot of criticism of me, I think you can say that,’ Luiz told BT Sport after the Gunners’ victory against City.
‘That’s part of football. I understood during my career that part of football is about surviving. Every day you’re going to defend your team, and the other people are going to support different teams.’
‘It’s about surviving, so that’s what I did. I was working hard every single day after my mistakes. I took the blame, I was mature enough to understand that. I was also humble [enough] to work more for the team.
‘We have a final to play this season. We are going to try to win a title for this club because this club, I always say, deserves to shine again.’
Luiz praised his boss Mikel Arteta’s philosophy and the team’s humility but insisted they are yet to reach their goals and need to work harder to keep progressing.
‘It was a great result against one of the best teams in the world. We were humble and understood the way we have to play. We took the opportunities to score,’ Luiz continued.
‘We have to be mature to understand the levels we are at in the process. We have an amazing coach who wants to bring us the best football for this club, but not zero to a hundred.
‘The team understood, in modern football, how everyone has to defend, fight, have the spirit, play every ball 100 percent.
‘It would be easier to keep the ball, maybe, and not run like we did, Aubameyang was miles away in front of us, but we are humble. [We knew that] when you play, you can [then] hurt the opponents.’