first_imgMikel Arteta has praised much-criticised Arsenal defender David Luiz (Pictures: Getty)Mikel Arteta has hailed David Luiz’s influence at Arsenal and insists he is working hard to address his ‘weaknesses’.The much-criticised Luiz recently signed a contract extension at the Emirates to ensure he will stay at the club for at least one more season.The timing of Luiz’s new deal – it was announced just days after he was sent off in a defeat to Manchester City – came as a surprise to many Arsenal fans, some of whom hoped he would be sold this summer. But Arteta has reiterated the importance of Luiz in his dressing room and says he wants to help him cut out the mistakes and truly ‘flourish’ in north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘His attitude and the way he has behaved with everybody at the club, not just in easy moments but in difficult moments, tells me everything about the person,’ Arteta told Sky Sports.‘He knows the role he has here. You can ask any player in the team how he is with his team-mates, what he brings to the table, and how willing he is to do well at this football club.‘He made a really difficult decision to leave Chelsea with two years left on his contract. Mikel Arteta vows to address David Luiz’s ‘weaknesses’ as he hails influence of Arsenal defender Wolves v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 13:01FullscreenWolves v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘It was a complicated decision to change clubs in London like that. But he felt it was the right move and that is the type of character he is.‘I will keep pushing him, keep trying to make him better and stop his weaknesses so that all the positive things he has can flourish.’Brazilian defender Luiz has made 35 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions since signing from London rivals Chelsea last summer.Arteta’s side are currently eighth in the Premier League and face in-form Wolves on Saturday evening.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Aubameyang tells Arsenal his wage demands for signing new contractMORE: Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai as Matteo Guendouzi’s replacement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 3 Jul 2020 11:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img

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