David Luiz was hailed to the rafters by Mikel Arteta after his display helped Arsenal make their 21st FA Cup final at the expense of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
David Luiz’s display against Manchester City wasn’t such that it was just Arsenal fans and the boss who were singing his praises.
Nope, even the Daily Mail and Jamie Redknapp picked him for their Team of the Weekend lineup along with two other Arsenal stars.
“This is part of football, you can go down but I didn’t have any doubts about David’s reaction,” Arteta said after the game.
“He held his hands up after that [City] game and he didn’t have to do that because we all make mistakes. The way he has been training and helping others has been phenomenal and I am delighted that people can now see this side of him as well and praise him because he deserves it.
“He has won everything in different countries so he brings that [experience] with him. Not only that but I want him to perform on the pitch and he is doing that again in a really good way and I’m really happy for him today.
“David doesn’t need a lot of management,” added Arteta. “What he needs is that we trust him and we don’t doubt what he can do.
“The best way to do that is to make him play. He can say that throughout his career he has had some difficult moments and some incredible moments, but big athletes go through those moments and I’m happy that he’s at the level he’s playing now.”
Arsenal will now face Frank Lampard’s Chelsea on 1 August after the put three past Manchester United on Sunday with United scoring their solitary consolation goal from the penalty spot with just five minutes left on the clock.