David Luiz hits back at his critics after heroic performance against Man City

first_imgDavid Luiz produced a sensational display against Man City in Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final win (Picture: BT Sport)David Luiz sent a pointed message to his critics are producing a magnificent display at the heart the Arsenal defence during Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final victory against Manchester City. The experienced centre-half turned in a nightmare performance last month against the same opposition, gifting a goal to Raheem Sterling before he was sent-off for a professional foul on Riyad Mahrez. Luiz was roundly criticised afterwards with Jamie Carragher offering a particularly damming verdict on the 33-year-old, claiming Arsenal would be foolhardy to offer the former Chelsea star a new deal.Mikel Arteta stood by the Brazilian and his faith was rewarded with a tigerish performance against City at Wembley. Arsenal progressed to their 21st FA Cup final thanks largely to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace but their commitment in defence helped secure a rare clean sheet against City.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTLuiz, in particular, was outstanding and afterwards spoke eloquently about the way in which he dealt with the abuse he suffered following last month’s horror show. Advertisement He told BT Sport: (There was) a lot of criticism of me you can say that. It is part of the football, I understood during my career football is about surviving every day you are going to defend your team and other people are going to support their teams it is about surviving. ‘It is what I did I was working very hard every day after my mistakes I took the blame I was mature enough to understand that and I was humble to do that for the team.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHe added: ‘It was a great result against one of the best teams in the world, we were humble, understood the way we had to play. We took the opportunity to score, we have to be mature to understand which level we are in the process. ‘We are in the process, we have an amazing coach who wants to bring us the best football for this club but not 0-100 we have to understand that day by day we are improving. The spirit was great and I am happy for the team they deserved it.’MORE: Robin van Persie picks out ‘absolutely fantastic’ David Luiz as Arsenal stun Man City in FA Cup semi-finalMORE: Arsenal to trigger Sporting Lisbon teenager Joelson Fernandes’ £40m release clause ‘imminently’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment “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 💪🎙 @TheDesKelly | #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/33o8dX2tGY— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) July 18, 2020center_img David Luiz hits back at his critics after heroic performance against Man City Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Jul 2020 10:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.6kShares Advertisementlast_img

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