Friday, February 23, 2024

Luiz: Players must help Arteta

David Luiz says he believes in the football philosophy that Mikel Arteta is trying to introduce to Arsenal, but insists the players have to do more to help him.

The Brazilian has been impressed by the new manager, and says he could become one of the best coaches in the world, but has called on his teammates to do more to get the Gunners back to winning ways.

Yesterday’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea means we’ve won just one of our last twelve Premier League games, and with Man Utd coming on Wednesday, we’ve got a tough job to start putting that record right.

And Luiz wants more the players as Arteta gets to grips with what is a very difficult job.

“We have to learn quickly, we are not in the best position in the table,” he said.

“It has not been a good year for us but it is still possible to improve and learn.

“Arteta is trying to impose his philosophy on us as soon as possible, we have players with talent, we have players who will be top players in the future and they’re trying to learn quickly.

“But it is up to us get some points now because we need them.”

And on Arteta himself, he continued, “I am lucky to have had many good coaches in my career, he is intelligent, he is clever and I think he will be one of the best.

“But it is part of our job to help him do that. People have doubts but I trust in his philosophy and the way he sees football.

“He knows football. When you know football it is much easier to explain and understand the head of the players on the pitch.

“It is not easy for him in the middle of the season, he didn’t choose the players, but he will do his best.”

Check out today’s Arseblog on yesterday’s game

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Nice to hear this from an insider. I am sure Arteta is upto something positive. As I have said before, we as fans need to support our players, staff and coach unconditionally. Good things are just around the corner!! #COYG

Football is an Arteta

And I’m really glad you led by example yesterday. Aubameyang too. Everyone seems on board with Arteta’s ideas. Looking forward to the next game. COYG!


As tough as the next game is – I think United could be on the receiving end of a vengeful Arsenal performance.


I hope we rip them apart. My main concern is fatigue. The players looked extremely tired after 60 minutes.


I just wish that we don’t manage to make Lingard somehow relevant at the Emirates again.


Good words.. I believe in arteta.. we should give him time even if we finish 17th this season

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

I spoilt your clean slate of thumbdown because I do not want to have a heart attack the last day of the season, trying to see if we will avoid relegation or not.

Ben Eagerbeaver

Oh and, hi Luiz, can you please play like you did yesterday every other match day?


Or preferably every match day 😉

Ben Eagerbeaver

My bad! This is what I actually want.
Thanks @SheffieldGooner.


Problem is it seems that we just lost the only good partner for him in central defence. We saw much more than necessary that he couldn’t work properly with Sokratis, Mustafi reminded us against Chelsea why we had to get rid of him as soon as possible, and Holding still seems to be in recovery. I heard the rumors about Upamecano and would definitely love that, but I honestly don’t see why Leipzig would accept to lose their best player mid-season considering they are top of the Bundesliga and qualified for CL’s round of 16 – and why the player… Read more »


On the german language broadcast of the Chelsea game, the commentators mentioned that the release clause for Upamecano was 90 million euro last summer, but reduced to 60 million now in winter. They also speculated that they would let him go for 40-50, as he has only 18 months of contract. Not sure how valid or serious this information is, I am just repeating what they said.
The second question is, however, even if we’d trigger a release clause, why would the player want to join us now?


i don’t buy luiz’s stuff. The guy was jumping his socks off last night just to prove a point to lampard who had kicked him out of the squad. don’t expect consistency from him, it will be the same old luiz with united on a couple of days.

Ya gooner

Your arguement is flawed simply because you admit he has the quality to play like that.


He is a talented player but old and too inconsistent. Let’s wait for a couple of days to prove that again

Steve Morpurgo

That’s what i want to hear from my players


Key words “he didn’t choose the players, but he will do his best”. I second that. He will definitely do the best he can with what is/can be made available. There’s every reason to be optimistic and for I to believe in Arteta too. Arsenal for life!


Fingers crossed for good news re: Chambers. One of the bright spots in a dark season…


Words come cheaply and very easy to Arsenal players. They should be judged on the football pitch not what is said on Twitter. Arsenal have been very very disappointing – no one can argue with that. In two years time I would hope that most of these players would be gone – very few of them have the right attributes to succeed – Martinelli looks to be a very good player and a few others if they can keep their fitness but players like Mustafi, Luiz, Lacazette, Ozil, Kolasinac, Sokratis and Xhaka need to be removed. Big task ahead of… Read more »


Have a thumbs up.
All except your comment on Laca, which is absurd.

He’s an excellent, class player who’s form is off at the moment.


Yes, Özil showed yesterday that it’s high time to get rid of him.


There’s some clear-out to prepare for this summer without doubt, but so far I should limit it to Mustafi, Xhaka and Sokratis, who are beyond hope for me, be it in terms of quality or mentality.

Jury’s still out regarding Özil and Luiz under Arteta though, as the first signs are quite promising. Kolasinac can still be a valuable squad player, and Lacazette just needs to find some form.


MA is a bit stuffed by the injury situation at present. If he had proper FBs and fit CBs his options would be easier, especially in terms of bringing subs on to tighten things up.

Midfield options are even more limited with Xhaka seemingly on his way. You could almost wish for an Elneny to bring on! But I think regarding Ozil as a one hour player is wrong. A young sub in the shape of Willock does not have the experience to get up to game speed quickly.


Hopefully Ceballos will be back soon and I think Ozil is just like the rest of the squad and will get fitter by the week. It still frustrates me how knackered they all looked yesterday.


Arteta really needs at least a breather of about a week between games. The current fixtures schedule is not helping and made worse by the number of injured players. Let’s also remember that the team trained on Saturday evening as well. Really wished they had hired MA just before one of those international breaks. One thing obvious to everyone is that we can already see what he is trying to do with the team. Good atmosphere at the Emirates yesterday. We move on. COYG


In terms of the goals conceded to Chelsea, they were inevitable as we were not in the races enough second half. We failed to match out levels first half, they went back 4 put pressure on both our younger fullbacks and pegged us back into our half. Mistakes will happen with this defense under duress. nor were our front men near efficient enough on the counter particularly as the midfield and fullbacks failed to back them up as they were nervous going forward. The first goal was a complete mistake by Leno but it does happen and he has otherwise… Read more »


In terms of players helping Arteta, its a two way street. As I mentioned with his appointment he maybe good at tactics but enforcing them and making sure this team can sustain them is another issue. I did not think we lacked effort against Chelsea. But we floundered more second half because the attacking line lost energy and the midfield as well (plus fullbacks) in reverse did not sufficiently support the frontmen when attacking enough (we lacked numbers going forward) When we did go forward toward the end in go for broke fashion of course, we lack energy tracking back… Read more »

Chipper 49

Well that sounds great from Mr. Luiz. The only thing in that interview that cast a shadow was the quote ‘ people have doubts’. I would like to know which people, because if they are players they need to go. If he’s referring to people outside the club then fine, sod ’em.

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