Having made two costly mistakes in the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, listening to David Luiz talk about defending is a bit like reading ‘How to sail around icebergs’ by the captain of the Titanic. However, the Brazilian is forthright about the need for the entire team to improve.
The new signing gave away a daft penalty, then got turned too high up the pitch by Mo Salah which led to the third goal, but while he admits he has to do better himself, he says the overall mentality needs to be addressed.
Arsenal conceded 51 goals in each of the last two Premier League seasons, and the 32 year old was asked if reducing that total was key for achieving success and a top four finish.
“Yeah, we have to,” he said. “I think if you concede a lot of goals you cannot fight for the title so this is one main thing we have to think about and try to reduce and try to make the team stronger.
“It is not just about me, it is not just about the defenders, it is about the mentality of the team.
“I think the team already did great against Newcastle, did great against Burnley to understand the kind of game we were playing for.
“We were clinical in Newcastle with one clear opportunity we score and don’t concede. With Burnley, we were clinical to understand the game is always to play first ball, second ball, fighting, they try to score with free-kicks and things like that and we did amazing and today I think it could be a different game if we score but we did not and so this is about football.
“Football is like that. Every week is a new history and we have to try and learn and improve our game.”
We’ll have to wait and see what Unai Emery has learned about his team ahead of this Sunday’s North London derby, and whether we can find that defensive improvement.