David Luiz responds to criticism after Arsenal’s draw with Tottenham – Metro.co.uk

David Luiz has responded to the criticism aimed at Arsenal following their draw with Tottenham
David Luiz has responded to the criticism aimed at Arsenal following the north London derby (Picture: Getty)

David Luiz has admitted Arsenal’s defenders must accept any criticism that comes their way following the side’s 2-2 draw with bitter rivals Tottenham.

Christian Eriksen opened the scoring in the tenth minute for Spurs, netting from close range after Bernd Leno pushed Erik Lamela’s initial shot directly into the Dane’s path.

Granit Xhaka’s clumsy challenge on Son Heung-min inside the penalty area gave Harry Kane the chance to double Tottenham’s lead and the England striker made no mistake from the spot with five minutes remaining of the first half.

Alexandre Lacazette dragged Arsenal back into the game with a classy solo effort right on half-time before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rescued a point for Unai Emery’s side in the 71st minute.

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Speaking to Sky Sports following the north London derby, Luiz said: ‘I think [the criticism] is normal, in my all my career it has been like that, especially when you are a defender

‘Strikers never lose games unless if they miss a penalty in the last minute, this is football.

‘The defenders have to take responsibility and take [criticism] in a good way, in a humble way.

‘We need to understand when we make a mistake and say that.’

Manchester United legend Gary Neville criticised Leno – and Arsenal’s defence – following their lacklustre performances at the Emirates.

‘Today you talk about the threat, the intensity, good parts of the game, you still have to mention the fact that they look sloppy and rash at the back,’ he said on the The Gary Neville Podcast.

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‘We talked about the goalkeeper’s mistake, I don’t quite trust him, I don’t think he’s anywhere near the class of the other top goalkeepers we have in the league.

‘The two centre-backs, they’re rash. You could argue that Hector Bellerin’s got to come back in, that Rob Holding’s got to come back in, Kieran Tierney’s got to come back in. So that back four can be strengthened.

‘But you still fear that that back four will always still not be good enough for where Arsenal want to be, and they somehow from somewhere need to unearth a centre-back that’s going to hold that back-line together.

‘So I think there’s still the fear for Arsenal that they look like they’re all over the place at the back when they have good players against them.

‘We saw today Tottenham created many chances on the counter-attack, whereas the really good teams and top teams they manage the counter-attack, they sustain their own attack and they don’t allow teams to counter-attack on them very often – City and Liverpool in particular.’

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